Postcard from Pollensa

 

Black-crowned Night Heron at S'Albufereta de Pollensa
A superb Black-crowned Night Heron at the S’Albufereta de Pollensa.

Rarely seen feeding during daylight it really felt like a privilege to enjoy such a fantastic view. Even more so as the noise, hustle and bustle of the typical day had yet to begin.

Black-crowned Night Heron
Little Ringed Plover searching along the tideline at S'Albufereta de Pollensa
Plenty of small plovers busy running along the strandline with Little Ringed Plovers being especially numerous.
The closely related Kentish Plover at S'Albufereta
One we don’t see back home – Kentish Plover with the ginger head of the male being unmistakable.
Yellow-horned Sea Poppy on the shore between Pollensa and Alcudia
The more familiar Yellow-horned Sea Poppy growing amongst the shingle on the edge of Pollensa bay.
Southern Speckled Wood at S'Albufereta de Pollensa
Southern Speckled Wood – the Mediterranean form or sub-species of the widespread Speckled Wood.

Noticeable how their wings are paler than the Speckled Woods seen in Britain and decorated with larger orange blotches rather than the usual cream.

Sea Lavender close to the shore adjacent to the S'Albufereta
Sea Lavender just above the shoreline of Pollensa Bay.
The rare Audouin's gull on the beach just outside the reserve's boundary
Audouin’s gull on the beach just outside the reserve’s boundary.

Unlike many of its relatives Audouin’s gull doesn’t scavenge and feeds almost exclusively on fish. At one time with a population of less than 1000 pairs it was considered to be the rarest gull in the world. Fortunately since the 1970’s numbers have recovered and in Pollensa its frequently seen feeding in the shallow waters of the bay.

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