Sunday, 5 May 2019

S'Albufera Nature Reserve - Formentor Peninsula

With the threat of strong easterly winds we decided to pay a visit to S’Albufera Nature Reserve this morning in the forlorn hope of seeing the reported Baillon’s Crake, which we didn’t of course. However a male Eurasian Golden Oriole greeted our arrival and we also saw Great White Egret and Great Reed Warbler before the masses arrived early this morning. We visited 6 hides during the course of our visit before lunch and enjoyed seeing a good selection of species at quite close range. Highlights from this morning include Marbled DucksRed-knobbed Coots, a flock of approx. 12 summer-plumaged Spotted Redshanks, 1 or 2 Collared PratincolesCommon Terns and a couple of pairs of Garganey.

Collared Pratincole
Little Egret

Western Marsh Harrier

Spotted Redshanks (left)

Western Swamphen

Zitting Cisticola
Red-knobbed Coot

More Western Marsh Harriers

After lunch at our finca we drove to the lighthouse at the end of Formentor Peninsula in near gale-force winds and didn’t see a lot apart from some terrific scenery, a Peregrine Falcon and some Eurasian Crag-Martins

Formentor Peninsula

So we didn’t dally here and dropped into the base of the Bocquer Valley which was also quiet and a small wood opposite was similarly quiet. So we returned to our base in the rural Mallorcan countryside for an early finish, a few drinks and some time to relax and enjoy our final dinner together.

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