Labels: Bee-eater, Boquer Valley, Hoopoe, La Gola, Mallorca, Osprey, S'Albufera, Son Bosc, Son Real, Stone Curlew
This is a general report of my visit to Mallorca based near the reserve of S'Albufera but also visits to Boquer Valley ,Formentor, Son Real, and the Arta mountains
Day one 7th April arrived about midday with a taxi from the airport I had not booked one but as I was the only passenger to go near Alcudia on that flight I had a Taxi to myself which cost about £5 , settled into the Hotel (geared dumped on the bed ) had a coffee and was out for a walk just the nearby woodland on the extreme edge of S'Albufera, looking for Butterflies and Orchids
First full day so I went to the reserve a short bus ride away cost about £1;30 a quick look on the beach before the bus to see several Audouin's Gulls again.Red Knobbed Coot,Red Crested Pochard , Marbled Duck,Stone Curlew,Little Egrets ,Cattle Egrets, Night Heron ,etc ,etc,
I took the bus to Alberfereta reserve just north of Alcudia its easy to get too , hopped off the bus first bird Zitting Cisticola , although they are very common most are seen as they ZIT, Zit through the air , was lucky to have this one drop in beside me.
This is the outflow from Albufereta
Redstart, Sardinian Warblers ,Willow Warblers ,Blackcaps, Greenshanks, Yellow -Legged Gulls
Son Bosc & area and the sewage works Depuradora (you have to visit a sewage works don't you ) this is a bit of a walk not a problem normally but it gets pretty hot even in April so you need plenty water , which all has to be carried along with bins,cameras (DSLR & Bridge) Scope & Tripod they all take there toll by days end, which means numerous cold beers are essential to recover for the next days trek.
A rough tally of birds in the area , Bee eaters (heard only ) Ravens , 5 Hoopoes , Feruginous Duck , Marbled Duck,Stone Curlews, Purple Herons, Marsh Harriers, Osprey,Water Rail,Nightingale,Egrets , LRPlovers, Wood Sandpiper etc;
On th eway back I found some Bee Orchids , Tongue Orchids Mirror Orchids ,Spider Orchids , and some new growth just coming through.
Son Real can either be reached via the a long walk along the beach or via road to carpark and its still a good walk around if you want to go to the coast.
This is a bird hide overlooking a pool unfortuanatley walkers come to it from the front scaring everything away but are surprised when they get inside and see nothing there , if your going get in early for some good views of birds drinking.
Back to S'Albufera I should have said you need a permit to visit , but it's free just ask at visitor centre I always get one , to me it lets them know how many visitors are passing through , the more visitors it attracts the more they will spend on it's up keep and its a huge area to maintain , it can get very busy but again its so large most visitors by the time they have walked the 1km to get in , dont go much further ,