Saturday, 16 June 2012

Black-winged Stilts

One of those species it's hard not to see on a trip to southern Spain. Many of my previous visits have been in winter/autumn and all the Black-winged Stilts I've seen have either been on lakes/lagoons or in the white heat of saltpans so I was pleased to find a small breeding 'colony' on the Rio Grande just north of Casapalma.

Several small groups of chicks were visible in huddles on small islands out in the river with adult numbers running into double figures. The adults got a little noisy as I approached but settled back down to feed once I sat quietly. Several Cattle Egrets and Little Ringed Plovers here too and a flyover Short-toed Eagle made for an enjoyable morning.

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