Birding at Zapata and the mouth of the Guadalhorce (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Some wonderful gems of these sites like Red-necked Nightjar, Night Heron, White-headed Duck, Purple Swamphen, Audouin’s and Mediterranean Gulls, with the unexpected visit of three Ferruginous Ducks, among the 63 species observed.

Have a look at the pictures and the complete list of birds below!

This very hot summer weather calls for early morning trips so we got to Zapata very early in search for the nightjars that showed up without any difficulty this time before we went to the Cohete for breakfast.

We came back to Zapata specially in search for the Night Heron and Little Bittern. There was plenty of Night Herons and a big passage of Little and Cattle Egrets, but no trace of the Little Bittern. A kingfisher was very active in the river.

Once at the mouth of the Guadalhorce, Zitting Cisticolas came out on our way to the Laguna de la Casilla, where we spotted the Purple Swamphen and some White-headed Ducks. We could also find the first three Teals of the season.

There was a nice collection of waders at Rio Viejo: several Curlew Sandpipers, Dunlin, Sanderling, Redshank, Greenshank, Turnstone, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Common Sandpiper, Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers. There were not seagulls at all but an Audouin’s Gull arrived just before we departed to the beach.

The visit to the sea side gave us nice views of not very far Scopoli’s Shearwaters gliding in the waves, and also a couple of Balearic ones with their shorter wings and more nervous flapping of the wings.

There were some more Audouin’s on our way back into the reserve, and also a Mediterranean one. Anything new but a Jay, that is not a common bird whatsoever over here. Once at the Laguna Escondida, the Little Bittern showed up hiding in the reeds.

We did not find any new species at the Laguna Grande, but came back to the Escondida to try three Ferruginous Ducks that another fellow birdwatcher told us had arrived there. We luckily found them before they disappeared in the little channels of the pool.

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1 Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii
2 Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta
3 Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
4 Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica
5 Bee-eater Merops apiaster
6 Blackbird  Turdus merula
7 Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus
8 Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus
9 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
10 Cetti’s Warbler  Cettia cetti
11 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
12 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos
13 Coot  Fulica atra
14 Crested Lark  Galerida cristata
15 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
16 Dunlin Calidris alpina
17 Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
18 Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis
19 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
20 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
21 Greenshank  Tringa nebularia
22 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea
23 Hoopoe  Upupa epops
24 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
25 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
26 Jay Garrulus glandarius
27 Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus
28 Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus
29 Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis
30 Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus
31 Little Egret  Egretta garzetta
32 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis
33 Little Ringed Plover  Charadrius dubius
34 Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
35 Mediterranean Gull  Larus melanocephalus
36 Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta
37 Monk Parakeet  Myiopsitta monachus
38 Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus
39 Night Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax
40 Nightingale  Luscinia megarhynchos
41 Pallid Swift  Apus pallidus
42 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
43 Pochard  Aythya ferina
44 Purple Swamphen  Porphyrio porphyrio
45 Redshank  Tringa totanus
46 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
47 Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis
48 Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica
49 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
50 Sanderling  Calidris alba
51 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
52 Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea diomedea
53 Serin  Serinus serinus
54 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
55 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
56 Teal  Anas crecca
57 Turnstone Arenaria interpres
58 Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
59 White-headed Duck  Oxyura leucocephala
60 Woodchat Shrike  Lanius senator
61 Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla flava
62 Yellow-legged Gull  Larus michahelis
63 Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis
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