Mar Menor – Darren Wilson

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Spent the morning around the shores of Mar Menor. First stop, the military zone north of Los Urrutias. A big raft of a few hundred Black-necked Grebes were in the bay sheltering from the wind along with Dunlin, Ringed, Kentish and Grey Plover, Greenshank and a Sanderling. Five Marsh Harrier including the male in the photo, two Buzzards, two Booted Eagles and a female Hen Harrier briefly made an appearance.

Calblanque was as beautiful as ever but ornithologically quiet except for good numbers of Dartford Warblers. The nearby Salinas de Marchamalo were also quiet except for the usual Avocets, Black-winged Stilts and Flamingoes. An overflying Peregrine caused the usual panic. Sea watching from the lighthouse at Cabo de Palos produced a steady stream of Yelkouan and Balearic Shearwaters and a bonus Great Skua passed north until it was driven off by the local gull population.