Its worth a visit

Thursday 8th of September Laguna De Fuente De Piedra

24/09/2011 15:13

As we arrived in the car park to the reserve at Fuenta De Piedra we were lucky enough to see a Black Shouldered Kite flying through the car park.

Ziittng Cisticolata could be heard singing all over the area around the visitors centre(which was closed throughout our stay at the reserve.2 Spectacled warblers were on the undergrowth on the fringe of the car park and a single Hoopoe was feeding on the path to the first reed bed.

A Meditaranean Gull flew over the track as we progressedto the small wooden bridge which had 5 Yellow Wagtails feeding on the fringes of thesmall stream flowing under the bridge.

A walk to the North of the reserve soon produced new birds with single Honey Buzzard going South low over the ploughed field near the railway signal box.A single Southern grey Shrike was on a small bush oppositte the signal box.An Osprey came in from the South and plunged in to the lake twice before flying back to the south.Another single Southern Grey Shrike was on one of the information posts before we entered the first Hide (see photogallery).

A single Wood Warbler was on the hedge near the first hide and 5 Pallid Swifts were over the hide.There was little to see from the first drive in hide (it was several hudred yards from the waters edge and even with a telescope most of the birds on the lagoon were difficult to make out.

After leaving the hide we drove North Easterly towards Compilla were we came across our second Black Shouldered Kite sat in a lone tree in the centre of a newly ploughed field.

We came across our first soaring raptors turning Northerly in to the reserve.2 Short Toed Eagles were soaring over the poplars and came down extremely low were we got superb views(photogallery).

Stonechats were numerous all around the reserve and we counted 33 during our tour of the reserve.

A further 8 Flava wagtails were feeding in a marshy field adjacent to the reserve.

8 Avocet were feeding at the point were the road comes closest to the reserve.Little Ruinged and Ringed Plover were both common on the reserve and we picked up an injured Ring Plover near the visiting centre a bird which happily flew away before we left.

There was 4c Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpipers were in front of the first hide.

There was at least 1000 Greater Flamingos on the reserve.