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Pagham Birder: The Blog

A regular account of the birds seen mainly on and around Pagham Spit, the Lagoon and the North Wall plus other birding exploits from time to time.
Any news of interest regarding the ongoing erosion problems on Pagham Beach will, from now on, be shown on my other blog together with general beach photos.. Click on the link... Pagham Beach Blog on this page.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mallorca................ Part 2

The Albufereta is described as 'a small but lively wetland' and is only about five minutes by road from Puerto Pollenca, so it is easily accessed and worthy of regular attention.
The following photos give an idea of the diversity of the avifauna in this varied habitat.

 On our very first visit we were pleased and surprised to find a flock of forty eight Flamingoes...

The ubiquitous Sardinian Warbler.
Woodchat Shrike 

Besides Wheatears passing through, on one afternoon we had the good fortune to see a Black Eared Wheatear which have become somewhat irregular migrants in recent years.
Black Eared Wheatear
The Zitting Cisticola or Fan Tailed Warbler is a very common bird here and reminds you that you really are in the Med!....very few have ever reached the U.K.

Stone Curlews are  invariably  present in the arable fields...although sometimes very difficult to pick out due to their ability to melt into their background. This one was more obvious....

Serins are often found in the pine trees and are difficult to photograph but this one was more obliging and posed on a fence....shame he held his foot up!
Corn Buntings are common and their 'jingle of keys' can often be heard throughout the area...
Corn Bunting

Most of the Heron family can be seen in the is an overflying Purple Heron
Purple Heron

and a fishing Great White Egret

 On one afternoon a group of birders pointed out a distant raptor and claimed it was a Montagues Harrier. On returning home and examining my record shots I am pretty certain it is a Pallid Harrier...comments please.

I'm no raptor expert but just look at that neck collar!

To be continued.

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