The S'Albufera is a Natural Park and an internationally recognised natural area in Mallorca for its birds. A visit is essential but, like Pagham Harbour, some days are better than others and on this occasion we were slightly disappointed.
Some species are almost certain to be present so here's a selection of those we saw during our all too short visits. There are a number of hides which can afford really close up views but unless you are early these can get too crowded with organised birdwatching trips and school field days. On the long track to the centre various herons can usually be seen at their roosts...
|Cattle Egrets are the most numerous and only a few Night Herons were noted and these were well hidden.|
Once in the hide, which unfortunately facing straight into the sun, we noted a Purple Gallinule only a few metres away............
|It was interesting to note how the bird used its foot to tear away the vegetation before eating.|
|Kentish Plovers were the most common wader.|
|Whilst a Little Ringed Plover was almost too close to capture with a big lens.|
|Great Reed Warbler.|
Nightingales are everywhere but nowhere near as easy to photograph as at Pulborough Brooks!
In previous years we have had a wide selection of waders on view but this time waders were in short supply. A very distant Curlew Sandpiper, Greenshank and this lone Avocet and Spotted Redshank were the only non resident birds we saw.
|Red Crested Pochards are invariably present and the introduced Crested Coots appear to be doing well, some wearing neck rings as part of a monitoring program.|
|Crested Coot with I.D.|
|At last the Bee-eater turned around to show off his back view!|
A Cattle Egret taking a drink on the edge.
To be concluded...............