Stephen Burch's Birding & Dragonfly Website
20 - 27 October 2007
By Stephen Burch
from the beach, on the slightly raised area, along the
track behind the finca, there are reasonable views over
the marshes and a lagoon on the seaward side, which held
a Black-necked Grebe on one of my visits
- my first for Mallorca. On the marshes, a leisurely scan
around produced 2+ Great White Egret,
and to my surprise, 3-4 Purple Gallinule
(not seen before here). Also there were Marsh
Harrier, and a distant Osprey,
and well as the usual Fan-tailed and Cetti's
Warbler. A 'scope, which I had this year, is a
great help at this site, as the marshes are pretty
Anyhow, the walk in along the canal produced the usual roosting Night Heron in the bushes on the opposite bank. I stopped briefly at the visitor centre to pick up a useful permit/map and then headed to the CIM hide to try to find Marbled Duck. Nearly all the duck were unhelpfully asleep, and much scanning didn't turn up what would have been a lifer for me. Plenty of Shoveler, Teal etc, and also another Purple Gallinule (see below) - unfortunately on the far side, and really too distant for the DSLR. The water level was high which presumably accounted for a lack of waders, apart from a few Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank.
Having spent some time at the CIM hide going through the duck, I tried again from the nearby mound which gives views of a few lagoons behind. Again there was no sign of Marbled Duck, though.
On then to the Bishop 1 hide, which again had a high water level. There were a few nearby Black-winged Stilts, but by now the light was becoming poor for photography. In the distance, there was an Osprey eating a fish on a fence. There were also a few waders - Greenshank etc.
began to rain, but I got back to the CIM hide for another
go for Marbled Duck in reasonably dry conditions. A nice
mixed group of Kentish Plover, Little
Stint and Dunlin (one of each!)
appeared - but on an island again too distant for the
DSLR. A real deluge then began, and all the ducks
departed leaving practically nothing in view. So once the
rain had more or less stopped, I departed. This site is
definitely better in Spring, with all the summer visitors
present with some singing.
- Depuradora (Waterworks)
The viewing platform itself wasn't very productive, with no waders other than Green Sandpiper - again due to the high water level.
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