It really was a very good, albeit cold and windy, early morning at the wetlands and, in addition to the Cormorants and Flamingoes, there were Stilts, Ringed Plover, Sandpipers, Sanderling, Redshank, Greenshank, Stints, Ruddy Duck and Shovelers.
There were quite a few White-faced Whistling Ducks, Dendrocygna viduata, at the Kartong wetlands and, being quite large, relatively easy to get a half-decent shot at distance. These ducks breed in sub-Saharan Africa and much of South America.
Flocks of Red-billed Chough, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, were swooping majestically through the huge and deep gorge which divides the hilltop city of Ronda into two sections.
I made several short trips to see the ducks, swans and gulls whilst on a quick trip to the UK, can’t resist. Strange as it may seem to some, Mallards feature high on my list of favourite quackers, so that’s where I’ll start.
The Desembocadura del Rio Vélez (Mouth of the River Vélez) is easily accessible from the end of the Paseo de Marítimo (promenade) in Torre del Mar, a short walk, and it hosts a variety of interesting flora and fauna, particularly smaller birds. However…
A short break in the UK but only managed a brief safari – otherwise known as a trip to the park – to see the quackers and other birdies. There were some nice Pied Wagtails, Motacilla alba.
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.
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.
Mallards are my favourite ducks for some reason, always have been. They come in all shapes, sizes and colourings, but these are the more ‘traditional’ specimens.