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Much seems to have changed at the reserve since I was last here nearly 15 years ago. Granted we didn't arrive until late morning giving the beach ball and pizza brigade plenty of time to rouse themselves from the cervezas the night before to trundle the baby buggies along to the reserve. The small car park is now a tarmac miniscule for not many cars, and then there is the 1.1km walk along the monotonous track to the visitor centre and the reserve proper. I didn't have too much time to explore, so managed to incorporate the #4 itinerary with 2 hides, and also the new lagoons with overlooks. The duck and swamphen menagerie that greeted on the central canal last visit was now non existent, in fact I didn't manage to see any of the latter at all. Cetti's Warblers and Nightingales were certainly vocal, and one or two of the former were in the open. The hides revealed the usual spread of med waders and egrets, with a good collection of Red-crested Pochard on the way. Longer here is obviously necessary to get a better overview of the offerings, but my impression was that birds were easier to see some years ago than now.

Black-winged Stilt Cattle Egret Cetti's Warbler
Black-winged Stilt Western Cattle Egret Cetti's Warbler
Kentish Plover Red-crested Pochard Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover Red-crested Pochard Ringed Plover
Sardinian Warbler Shelduck Zitting Cisticola
Sardinian Warbler Shelduck Zitting Cisticola

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