Quite a large colony of Cormorants, Phalacrocorax, on Laguna Grande in Málaga at the moment, most seemingly spending the whole day just standing around, hardly moving at all.
Quite a few Wagtails about, all quite happy to be near humans.
This is the Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata, a common migratory dabbling duck which spends the winter in southern Europe, ostensibly in Spain, Italy and Greece.
Had a good little trip today, saw: Stonechat, Redstarts, Cormorants, Sardinian Warblers, Blackcaps, loads of Goldfinches, warblers of various sorts, Moorhens, Coots, ducks…but this one took the biscuit. Not the best shot, but the best I could get in the circumstances.
After just over a month being somewhat incapacitated, it was great to get out for a little walk down by the river, even though it still has no water in it. One day, maybe.
Despite a couple of storms, one very heavy and lasting all night, the rio Chillar in Nerja is still drier than a dry bone. But at least the birdies are about.
I needed help to identify this warbler and it turns out to be the Zitting Cisticola, Cisticola juncidis, or Streaked Fantail Warbler as it is apparently also sometimes known.
Also present on the waters in Málaga, apart from insects who took great delight in covering me in huge bites, was the Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis.
The biggest surprise awaiting me on this latest trip to the lagoon was a small flock of Lesser Flamingoes, Phoeniconaias minor.