We had a birding day today with family visitors from UK. The Vista Bella hides water level has fallen and they are easily accessible again now. Plenty of Flamingos in their best plumage and in flight, which delighted the grandchildren. The new scrapes at the visitor centre are maturing quickly, with several dozen Black winged Stilts using the new waters edge and nesting in the dry vegetation, surrounded by the new water adjacent to the car park. Also Little Ringed Plover and Wood Sandpiper. Good lunch at Finca Bonelli’s Eagle, with prolonged flying by both Bonelli’s Eagles and then they were both perched together on the edge of the nest (presumably this year’s) which is to the right of the group of older nests and is clearly visible. No sighting of chicks and Colin and Jane had not known the position of the new nest and therefore could not say if eggs have hatched yet, but we would think it likely as both parents absented themselves from the nest simultaneously and on a cool day. House martins, Swallows and particularly Swifts in very large numbers over newly cut fields at San Felip Neri on the way home. Altogether a very good day.
Vistabella Hides and Creveillente by David and Margaret Gartside
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