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Sunday 27 April 2014, El Rocio, Sevilla, sunny, 25C

Today I joined Wingspanner for an 8-day trip to Coto Donana and Extremadura. Driving from Malaga airport our first stop was at Laguna Dulce near Campillos; birds here included: Marsh Harrier, Greater Flamingo, White-headed Duck, Tufted Duck, Great-crested, Black-necked and Little Grebe, Red-crested Pochard, Purple Swamphen, Whiskered Tern, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt, Red-rumped Swallow, Great Reed Warbler and Reed Warbler. Our next stop was Laguna Fuente de Piedra where a small pool held a great selection of waders: Redshank, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Dunlin, Ringed and Little-ringed Plover. Here there were many thousand Greater Flamingo, also Gull-billed Tern, Glossy Ibis, Shoveler, Gadwall, Lesser Kestrel and Yellow Wagtail. During the journey we saw many Griffon Vulture and Black Kite, also White Stork, Short-toed Eagle, Turtle Dove, European Bee-eater and Hoopoe.
At our destination of El Rocio we had a quick scan of the 'madre de la marisma' marshes and added Great White Egret, Eurasian Spoonbill and Collared Pratincole to our sightings.

Shaky internet, a device with no sd card port plus limited time means photos will come later!
 ps Janys reported a Red-necked Nightjar hawking insects between the ferreteria and the Convento flats yesterday evening - good stuff! Also on Sunday, Tim reported Wryneck along the railway track at Jimena and Penny saw 6 Golden Oriole at the Rio Genal below Gaucin.

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