Friday, 2 June 2017

Alcudia, Majorca (S'Alfubera + S'Albufereta) - Part Two

Location: Alcudia, Majorca
Weather: Blue Skies, Very Warm and Sunny

Observation:
Next day headed out on bike as Lauren wanted to top up tan and went towards Can Picafort along main road to find Son Bosc and Depuradora not sure what I would find but found Bee Eaters at end of dusty track just past some old sewage works, I think.


A bit distant but pleased to find them, road ended and a Privido sign was at end of track so went back to main road.


A Painted Lady landed on the track my first of year.


Apart from Stilts and Kentish Plovers on the small waterworks a Woodchat was above on wires feeding.


Plenty of Swifts screaming over head too.


While chatting to a Irish lady who was saying that there's not much about! No binoculars and must have been blind!
This Purple Heron flew overhead, she told me about Son Bosc and Depuradora further along the track so while she went past the Prividi sign I decided to carry on along road and turned by Bus Depot and along road. After 20 mins I bumped into lady again!  Missed the Sewage Works so hopped over a fence and ended up in S'Albufera Park.


On first platform saw a Golden Eagle with a couple of Marsh Harriers, escapee but great to see.


Sat in tree looking quite at home.


Heading back round hides the Stone Curlew was almost infront hide giving amazing veiws.


Counted 8 Glossy Ibis to collecting nesting materials.


The Woodchat also was present on its normal spot.


Down towards Bishops Hide the Herons and Egrets looked stunning, this one giving me the evil eye.


Quite a few Nightingales about still, there amazing song.


The next day (21/05/17), Dad headed out early before breakfast this Serin posed perfectly along the wires on the beach.


We both headed to S'Albufera for the morning. Plenty of Cattle Egret's leaving the overnight roost, 7 in one shot, more I couldn't fit in!


Another close view of a singing Serin.


From the Bishops Hide, Little Egret, Great Egret and Spoonbill all visible in one shot, the Spoonbill was present the whole morning.


We spotted all the waders making a fuss and the chicks running to safety, as we looked up a low-flying Eleanora's Falcon, seemed to be hunting dragonflies.



An abundance of Great Reed Warblers singing high in the reeds all across the reserve.


From the footpath bridges, it is easy to see Egrets or Herons, this time was a Purple Heron.


We returned to the Sa Roca hide, searching for the Western Reef Heron, we sign this morning, 3 Glossy Ibis back and forth collecting nesting materials though.


Also Marsh Harrier's almost always in view somewhere on the reserve.


Some very close Little Ringed Plover's and Kentish Plover in front of most of the hides also.


So great to see the Avocet's protecting their chicks from anything that comes close to them!



After a few hours, we returned to the hotel. After lunch, Wayne headed back out this time to La Victoria on the bike in the hope of the Firecrest.

Safe to say they didn't disappoint!!




.Also some Linnet, Serin, Chaffinch present.

On Monday, after being joined by some more family members we booked the Formentor boat trip (we booked for the birds). Not a great boat trip, but on the way back some people started chucking some food from the boat and this was the outcome.




There were around 20 Yellow-Legged Gulls, 1 Shag and 6 Cory's Shearwaters following the boat for about 15-20 minutes. It was the highlight of the trip!

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