01 November 2010

El Brazo del Este

After several attempts we finally got organized and planned a trip down to the area known as the 'El Brazo del Este'. 

El Brazo del Este is located 20km south of Seville in the Guadalquivir river estuary, which is an area with one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the Iberian peninsula. This former branch (brazo) of the Guadalquivir is east (este) of the river and is now a reed-fringed lagoon and wetland area surrounded by rice plains and farmland.

To view the area properly you will definitely need a car as there's a lot of ground to cover. We decided to drive along, stop in certain areas of interest and look around with our bino's. El Brazo del Este is renowned for its bird population so we were in no doubt that we'd come across several bird species, it was just a matter of patience.

As you can see below, it was a successful outing!
Map of El Brazo del Este

Booted Eagle

Here is a list of what we saw:
  • Cattle Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Great White Egret
  • Fan-tailed Warbler
  • Black Kite
  • Booted Eagle
  • Kestrel
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • Black Stork
  • White Stork
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Avocet
  • Purple Heron
  • Grey Heron
  • Coot
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Moorhen
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Night Heron (JV & AD)
  • Squacco Heron (JV & AD)
  • Goldfinch
  • Waxbill
  • Spanish Sparrow
  • Water Pipit
  • Meadow Pipit
  • Spoonbill
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Cormorant
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Glossy Ibis
  • White Wagtail
  • Greenshank
    White Stork
  • Hoopoe
  • Kingfisher
  • Lapwings

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