Spent an afternoon at Parc Natural de s'Albufera on the Northern coast of Mallorca last week. It's a large reserve and you could easily spend best part of the day wandering the miles of footpath and perhaps seeing more varied wildlife in the depths of the reserve. However they have created a central area with several different hides looking out on slightly different habitats which cuts down on the distances walked in the heat of the day.
Sadly I have concluded that the Hoopoe is officially extinct - it must be as I saw more Little Bittern (1) on this reserve than Hoopoe on the whole of the island (0).
The most common bird I saw was the Spotted Flycatcher.
On a technical note, this was the first time I have used the 1DX with the Canon 400mm f5.6 with the 1.4 TC attached and I am very pleased with some of the results. I idn't takre the big lens because of luggage restrictions and the fact that it wasn't really a wildlife holiday.
Some kind of chaser
First ever Crested Coot
First ever Little Bittern which arrived in a flash and slid quickly out of sight down the reeds.
Black Crowned Night Heron
Black Winged Stilt
Juvenile Black Winged Stilt
Adult Black Winged Stilt
Osprey - no idea whether it was a local or one passing through. According to the reserve info there are only about 10 pairs on Mallorca most of whom seem to nest on the western cliffs so this could have been a regular bird.
Common and Green Sandpiper
juvenile Black Winged Stilt
Spotted Flycatcher with lunch - which it couldn't eat in the end.
Black Crowned Night Heron.
The search for the Hoopoe continues in early October on a trip to Granada. :)
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In reply to TeeJay:
TeeJay said:Check out golf courses when you go to Andalucia which Hoopoes seem to like because they are lush from irrigation and makes probing for invertebrates easier.
That must be where I'm going wrong as I don't do golf.
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