After spending the night in Cordoba, and I’m aware my timeline is all over the place, we headed off to Yunquera for the night with our host Nancy. Gosney had guided us to Laguna Dulce, Nancy was disappointed we’d already been to Fuente de Piedra. Here a large roadside hide looks out onto a great bit of water. The village in the distance is Campillos. There are number of Lagoons around the area but this is definitely worth a stop.
Straight off I was impressed with just how many birds there were, 100s of summer plumaged Black-necked Grebe, Whiskered Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Marsh Harrier and around 40 White-headed Duck. Another WP tick as, for some strange reason White-headed Duck is one of those birds the BOU seem to avoid like a Vampire avoids sunlight, crosses and garlic. I’m not sure why this is? I saw a White-headed Duck at Stanford Reservoir some years back before the Ruddy Duck cull. If the Ruddy Duck was migrating south to threaten the White-headed Duck then surely some of them might be expected to join up and head north. Anyway in Spain, White-headed Duck is pretty nomadic due to fluctuating water levels.
The head pattern amongst males is very variable with females much more uniform.
Also present was a flock of 17 Greater Flamingo at the back of the lagoon.