25 April 2013

Centro Visitante Valverde

A very early start got us on our way to our next bird watching outing, heading to Huelva and El Centro Valverde. We stopped on the way for some breakfast and to discuss what birds we might see in these areas.

As you drive through the town of Villamanrique, you get to a dirt track and it is approximately 35 km to the centre.

Bird activity had picked up quite a bit in this area as we saw Squacco Herons, Night and  Purple Herons, and some Glossy Ibis, all collecting nesting material.

Below are some of the photos and a  full list of birds that we saw in the area.

Woodchat Shrike
Glossy Ibis
Birds we  saw include the following: Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Stonechat, Cettis Warbler, Southern Grey Shrike, Magpie, Spanish Sparrow, Great-crested Grebe, Spoonbill, Pochard, Great White Egret.

Greater Flamingo

Whiskered Terns
Also spotted: Greater Flamingo, Gadwall, Red-crested Pochard, Common Cuckoo, Coots, Stone Curlew, Redshank, Hoopoe, Coots, Stone Curlew, Redshank, Black Kite, Montagu's Harrier.

Subalpine Warbler
Subalpine Warbler

Common Cuckoo

And: Greater Spotted Cuckoo, Little Ringed Plover, Great Reed Warbler, Black Stork,
Crested Lark, Little Grebe, Night Herons, Whiskered Terns.

Short-toed Lark
Great Reed warbler, Purple Heron, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Common Buzzard, Roller, Bee-eater, Squacco Heron, Glossy Ibis

Purple Heron
Squacco Heron
Short-toed Lark
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Great Reed Warbler
From the centre, you can see the breeding Squacco, Night and Purple Herons, Glossy Ibis, Little and Cattle Egrets.

Purple Heron
Coot chick
With so much bird activity in and around the area it turned out to be a very enjoyable day and it was great to just look around, seeing what type of bird you could spot next, especially amongst the smaller birds.

Azure-winged Magpie
Little Grebe
Black Necked Grebe
Until our next outing, we hope you've enjoyed our findings, and the photos taken!