Kartong is located in southern Gambia, almost on the border with Senegal and here you will find the Kartong Bird Observatory and ringing centre as well as a large expanse of wetland which developed after the cessation of sand mining in the area.
Autumn is a great time of year in England. I don’t mind a bit of early morning fog (good job as t was foggy every morning on my recent trip), the odd wispy layer of mist, a slight ‘chill’, dampness in the air and, of course, love a bit of snow. Not keen on bitterly cold gale force winds and constant driving rain, but fortunately there was none of that nonsense this time. And I love the autumn colours.
Decided to stop off at Guadalmar on the way back from Málaga airport, it is just great to see a half-decent expanse of water for a change. And teeming with wildlife.
The rio Chillar is drier than a dry bone at the moment, the only exception being the unfortunate sewage on the banks where the unscrupulous have connected their outlets to the stormwater drains.
I decided to venture somewhere new today, a 67 hectare area at the estuary of the rio Guadalhorce in Málaga known as the Parque Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce.
It was surprisingly warm in the sun today and I even had to remove my jacket at one point, quite early on in fact. No wind blowing down from the snowy hills, fortunately. Plenty of birdies around, too.
There were no Swans or Canada Geese down at the pond, but there were a few Moorhens. And of course Red Kites absolutely everywhere in this area.
There were several Common Sandpipers, Actitis hypoleucos, milling about, one having a good bath in a puddle in the river.
The warm weather has returned, despite being a bit cloudy now and then, with temperatures in the mid to high twenties. Still a trickle of water in the lower reaches of the rio Chillar, more in the middle section now.