Mostrando entradas de junio, 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 i

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

Ver mapa más grande 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.

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

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

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.