La Safor Birders are a small group of Birdwatchers based in the mountain village of La Drova in the La Safor region of the Valencian Community. The key members have a long experience of birding both here in Spain, the UK and elsewhere. The purpose of the blog is to provide a forum for recording species seen throughout the year in La Drova whilst also acting as a base upon which to record specific birding trips throughout our local area.
On 10th October we provided a guided bird watching
trip for a couple from Berkshire. Both keen nature lovers, David and
Elizabeth were staying in Valencia as part of a trip around Spain. They
had requested a tour of Albufera, as they wanted to see some of the
classic wetland species of Valencia. As they were only here for a short
while, we combined Albufera with another local wetland with the aim of
improving our chances of spotting some of the target birds.
Albufera de Valencia
We began the day with a visit to one of the reserves within the
natural park of Albufera de Valencia where we had great close-up views
of Marsh Harrier and Purple Gallinule. Wildfowl included Mallard,
Pochard, Red Crested Pochard and Shoveler.
Later, we enjoyed good views of Greater Flamingo and Yellow Legged
Gull before one of the highlights of the day – superbly clear views of a
pale morph Booted Eagle which kindly circled above us for long enough
for us to take in the beautiful tones of this stunning raptor.
We then headed a little further along the coast where we saw the very
rare White Headed Duck, and had surprisingly long lasting views of a
Water Rail. Passage birds included Swallow, Sub-Alpine Warbler, Whinchat
We ended the day back at Albufera where we spent some time focusing
on the key ID features of Great Egret, Cattle Egret and Little Egret. We
had further views of Marsh Harrier before finishing the day with close
views of Snipe and Kingfisher.