Albufera and Albufereta marshes
One of the finest wetlands in Europe right on the edge of the tourist development at Alcudia -
amazing it's still there!  Credit must go to some determined campaigning by Spanish and British
conservationists.
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A recent introduction to the marshes, the Purple Gallinules are a fine sight - and sound, creating an
atmosphere of their own as they squeal, squawk and crash their way through the reedbeds like a
herd of  elephants!
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Juvenile and adult feeding on the open marsh
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Red-crested Pochard
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Not many waders about at this time of year, but all three small plovers showing, including
Kentish Plover:
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Immature Cormorant with Coot behind (taking the Mick?)
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Albufera Marsh has several thousand (!) pairs of Moustached Warbler, but August is obviously not
the time to see them at their best!
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A surprise (but brief) visit from a Slender-billed Gull which dropped in for a quick dip
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Juvenile Woodchat Shrikes are a lot more confiding than their nervous parents. I was able to walk
right up to this one as it tucked into the local insect population.
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Ospreys breed on the marsh and often fish in the channels and perch up in the trees in the middle of
the reserve.
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