Friends Derek and Barbara Etherton kindly offered to help us try for the Wryneck they had been seeing on their local patch at Zapata recently. This is a bird I have wanted to photograph for a long time but which continues to elude me, I knew it was a slim chance but there is always good birds to see at this spot by the Guadalhorce River near Malaga Airport.
We duly met at the Zapata Arches & transferred into Derek's very comfortable car before setting off in search of the target bird. In the event it was heard but not seen, which is a shame but the Common Redstart and a Zitting Cisticola in very good light helped to make up for it.
There were of course many other birds around, including a resident Osprey, this low flying Buzzard, Night Herons and a few waders on the Rio, but no visible Wryneck, oh well that's birding.
After a cup of coffee and very nice tapas at a local cafe we went to the Rio Grande up past Cartama. It was very dry but we did find a nice patch of water further upstream with a good selection of birds including a solitary Black Stork, a Great Egret along with a Grey Heron and several Little Egrets. I tried to get all of them in one frame but the Great Egret would not play ball. Here is a photo of the others however which makes a nice scene.
Retired seafarer living in Frigiliana, a white village in Malaga Province in southern Spain. Married to Elena. Keen bird and wildlife watchers.
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