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It’s been a blustery weekend, lots of sun, but a cold wind blows to remind us that it is winter in southern Spain.  I got all wrapped up and headed off to La Charca both today and yesterday.   All of the usual suspects are there, but I did manage to spy a couple of birds that I had not seen up close before.  The place was relatively busy too, there were lots of people quietly creeping around with smiles, while pointing fingers, binoculars and cameras in every direction.

Today I get to post my very first ever photos of these 3 birds.  Enjoy!

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus).

 

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Common Snipe

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio).

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio).

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Seems our little visitor is making national news here in Salobreña, and she even has a name Maria Louisa.  Apparently based on the ring on her leg, she hails from Huelva, which is a few hours west of us in the province of Cadiz.  Her migration from Africa each year  is an 8 thousand km journey.  No matter the reason, we are glad she is here.  You can see a video of her atop one of the chiringuitos on the beach.

Maria Louisa, grazing in a farmers field.

 

http://www.rtve.es/mediateca/videos/20110207/espana-directo-ciguena-maria-luisa/1008666.shtml

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