20 October 2011

Salt Pans in Bonanza

First off we'd like to apologise to everyone for the delay, as we're well aware that the photographs were up in the Picasa gallery quite some time ago but we had failed to write up a post to go with it. 

Nevertheless, here it is now! :)
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Greater Flamingoes (Juveniles)
We had planned an early October trip to the Salt Pans in Bonanza, Spain and luckily we picked a scorcher of a day. Despite it being October, the sun was shining and it was very warm there. 

After approximately a one and a half hour drive, we finally reached our destination.
Little Ringed Plover
Red Kite
We decided to take things nice and easy so we slowly drove around, stopping off at each square (Salt Pan), where we would scan the area for any interesting bird species. 

Using this particular method, we managed to spot a Caspian Tern and a Ruff!
Black-headed Gulls
We continued our journey, up until the end of the Salt Pans, where we suddenly approached Waders in a river that had dried up due to a very low tide.
Sanderling & its reflection in the water

Sanderling & its reflection in the water
We spent most of the day driving up and down the Salt Pans, scanning the areas, until it was time to drive back home to Gibraltar. 
Greater Flamingoes
During the course of the day, we spotted the following birds:

Flamingoes, Waders, Gulls & Terns

As above
  • Black Stork
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Griffon Vulture
  • Red Kite
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Common Buzzard
  • Booted Eagle
  • Osprey
  • Dunlin
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Redshank
  • Greenshank
  • Grey Plover
  • Ruff
  • Godwit
  • Curlew
Slender-billed Gull
  • Short-toed Eagle
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • Kestrel
  • Coot
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Avocet
  • Ringed Plover
  • Sanderling
  • Slender-billed Gull
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Common Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Sandwich Tern
  • Caspian Tern
  • Kingfisher
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Stonechat
  • Wheatear

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