Vern and Trish are staying for a few extra days to see local birds so I dropped them off at the Rio Genal before carrying on to the Airport at Malaga.
It was dry, a little cloudy and a cool wind had come in, but the sun shone. I drove to Malaga to collect Stuart and David, unfortunately David's flight had been cancelled and he was delayed some 5 hours! So Stuart and I went birding near the airport.
It wasn't so windy at the coast so we had a very enjoyable time, firstly on waste ground near Guadalmar and later at the Guadalhorce nature reserve. We quickly found European Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, Spotless Starling, Western Jackdaw, Barn and Red-rumped Swallow. We walked across some sandy banks where last week I had seen a Stone Curlew but alas the bird had flown. Along a stream we found two pairs of Little Ringed Plover, a Common Sandpiper and we got closer to the Eurasian Hoopoe and European Bee- eaters.
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