Thursday, 24 June 2010

Mallorca 2010 (no.1)

I have just returned from a weeks holiday with the family; we where based in Cala Millor (slap bang in the middle of a sprawling resort laden east coast) not the most ideal base for nipping off for a few hours birding ........ I thought.

Here are some images from S'Albufera Marshes, more from the Calla Millor area later.

Cattle Egret

Moustached Warbler

Fan-Tailed Warbler

Purple Gallinule and Stone Curlew

European Pond Terrapin


Purple Gallinule

Crested Coot

S'Albufera marshes- 16/6/10

17 Purple Gallinules
3 Crested Coots
Little Bittern
4 Night Herons
4 Purple Herons
4 Temminks Stints
Kentish Plover
32 Stone Curlews
2 Moustached Warblers
4 Fan-Tailed Warblers
Great Reed Warblers
Cettis Warblers
Cattle Egrets
European Pond Terrapins
Red-Eared Terrapins
Clouded Yellow
Southern Gatekeepers

I managed a day at the S'albufera Marshes....... a well known wildlife mecca; however closer to where we where staying (1 mile away) I found the Punta de N'Amer Nature Reserve, a large untouched headland consisting of coniferous and mixed woodland, dune systems, heathland, open grassland, and rocky coastline. I managed three visits to this site (as well as the farmland inland of the resort), I cant say enough of getting out at 6.00 am and returning later for a cooked breakfast and never being missed!
OH and on Sunday 13th I viewed a Marsh Harrier quartering farmland from Speke Airport terminal! A good start eh?

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