sábado, 28 de junio de 2008

More thoughts on the Egyptian Plover [Más opiniones sobre el Pluvial Egipcio]


Observer Richard Howard who is controlling the Egyptian Plover as being close to his residence in Murcia has sent us the following comments which seem interesting to take into account.

I thought I’d drop you a note on my thoughts of whether a vagrant or escape, which may (or may not) be of interest to you.

The Plover :

a) Shows no signs of any feather damage or facial damage that you might expect had it been caged, in fact it is in pristine condition.

b) Shows no sign of any wing clipping that may have been used to stop it escaping. According to my only reference (BWP), the adult only goes through a full moult in the summer. Hence it could not have just moulted, and then escaped.

c) No identification rings on the legs.

d) Although it will, when feeding, come quite close, you cannot approach it readily – if you do it flies to the opposite bank of the pool, and so is wary.

e) It is insectivorous and obviously very used to finding its own food – continually looking round for flies, reminiscent of Pratincoles feeding on the ground.

Weather Conditions:

I seem to remember about 3-4 weeks ago seeing an item on the news about a ‘brownout’ in a European city (I think it was Köln in Germany) caused by Saharan sand being caught up in a high southerly airstream. Could not the bird have been caught up in something similar to this as well?

As you can tell, I am in favour of the ‘True Vagrant’, although probably biased as I’ve seen it, and as my friends say ‘es un bicho pero muy, muy guapo’.

Stop press:

I last saw it on Thursday evening (26th June), when it was looking flighty, and after 3 visits yesterday (Friday) and 2 today (Saturday) at different times of the day without seeing it, I presume it’s headed for pastures new (maybe back to the other side of the sahara!).

Resumen. Más opiniones sobre el Pluvial Egipcio. El observador Richard Howard que está controlando el ave por la zona de Murcia envía unos comentarios sobre porqué piensa que puede ser un divagante natural: sin marcas en el plumaje, vuela perfectamente, sin anillas, de comportamiento esquivo, carácter insectívoro y posible llegada con una tempestad de componente sahariano. El ave fue vista por última vez el 26.6.2008.

viernes, 20 de junio de 2008

Eyptian Plover: relocation at El Algar, Cartagena [Pluvial Egipcio relocalizado en El Algar, Cartagena]


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The Egyptian Plover seen last month in Albir beach, Alfàs del Pi, Alicante, was relocated on 19.6
(Antonio Jesús Hernández, Tomás Garcia Rubio; Jacinto Martinez; Diego Zamora; Jose Antonio Barba, Richard Howard et.al) and 20.6 (Richard Howard) at El Algar waste treatment plant, near Cartagena, Murcia. The distance between both places is 124 km in a straight line. New photos soon available in the website.

Resumen: Pluvial egipcio relocalizado en El Algar, Cartagena. Se ha observado el 19 y 20.6 un pluvial egipcio en la planta depuradora de El Algar, cerca de Cartagena, Murcia (ver autores arriba). Se trata muy probablemente del mismo ejemplar visto a finales del mes pasado en Alfàs del Pi, Alicante, que dista 124 km en linea recta de El Algar.

domingo, 15 de junio de 2008

Egyptian Plover in Alicante, 1st for mainland Spain? [Pluvial Egipcio, 1ª cita para España Peninsular?]

A bird of this African species was seen and photographed at close distance on 29.5 at the stonebeach of Albir, in southern Altea, between Benidorm and Calpe, Alicante (Jesper Thomelius). The bird was also seen by some local observers in close dates: according to Avesforum list, the bird wad been found on 4th June 2008 at Albir beach, Alfàs del Pi, Alicante (Fernando Carmona). The bird was drinking on a small water pont and could be seen at 5-10 m distance. Some locals affirmed to Fernando that they had been givig water to the bird until 12 June 2008!. The bird has been relocated in mid June in Cartagena area. The information is being collected in the Rare Birds in Spain website.

This would not be the 1st Spanish record though: there is an old reference of a bird collected around La Laguna, Tenerife, in the XIX century (quoted by Cabrera 1893 referenced in Martín & Lorenzo 2001,
Aves del Archipiélago Canario). The same authors quote however that the species can be object of trade: two birds were seen in captivity in Tenerife in 1996.

HBW, in turn, gives further vagrancy references to Lybia and N Egypt.

So here comes the question. Could the Alicante bird be a genuine vagrant? Give us your opinion or data in the poll and also leaving a comment in the post.


Resumen. Pluvial Egipcio, ¿primera cita para España peninsular?. Se observó y fotografió un Pluvial Egipcio en la playa de Albir, Alicante, al menos el 29.5.2008. No sería la primera cita española ya que hay una del siglo XIX en Canarias, citada por Cabrera (1893) recogida en Martín y Lorenzo 2001, Aves del Archipiélago Canario. Estos autores citan la presencia de aves en cautividad en Tenerife en 1996. Por su parte el HBW da citas de divagancia en Libia y Egipto. Puede ser el ave de Alicante un divagante natural? Da tu opinión en la encuesta y dejando un comentario en este post.

miércoles, 11 de junio de 2008

Bald Ibis breeds in Spain [Ibis eremita cría en España]

The Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita has bred in Spain this year. According to an official report from the Spanish Navy, the species has bred in the Navy Training area of Sierra de El Retín, Barbate Cádiz.

This is not an introduction or reintroduction scheme but an internationally agreed experiment on methods of reintroduction, according to available data (see pdf below). What has not been perhaps enough clarified is what will happen with the breeding pair/s.

News have been broadcasted in the Spanish media and references can be found at El País (photo above) and e.g. 20 minutes. Read more about the project in Spanish in the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian government) website here and in the Jerez Zoo website here. Or download the full project in Spanish and pdf from this link.

Resumen. El Ibis eremita cría en España. En los enlaces de arriba se pueden visitar diferentes medios de comunicación así como los estamentos oficiales que dan cuenta de la noticia de la nidificación del Ibis eremita en Barbate, Cádiz, en el marco de un programa de cría controlada de la especie.

martes, 3 de junio de 2008

Bleached Stint at Ebre Delta [Correlimos desgastado en el Delta de l'Ebre]



El 31.5.2008, Carles Domingo fotografió este ejemplar gastadísimo de correlimos (Calidrinae) en el Delta de l'Ebre, Tarragona. Lleva una anilla en la tibia izquierda. A causa del desgaste es difícil identificar la especie, pero se aceptan comentarios y votar en la encuesta de al lado, con alguna de las opciones que han sido apuntadas de las cuales hay una favorita.

On 31.5.2008, Carles Domingo photographed this very bleached stint (Calidrinae) at Ebro delta, Tarragona, Catalonia. It has a ring on its left leg. Due to wear it's difficult to identify the species, but comments are accepted and voting in the right side column, with some of the options that have been pointed out, amongst whose there is a favourite so far.