|Phew……. an early start and it’s still scorching – far too easy to underestimate the size of the S’Albufera.
Although we’ve visited before in May and September it was still a surprise to feel the heat building up so quickly in early June. Coupled with the humidity trapped between the 18ft high reedbeds by mid-day it was uncomfortably hot. With young mouths to feed plenty of action from the Cattle Egrets with the adults repeatedly flying over the footpaths adjacent to the visitor centre.
|Trying to obtain a clear view of the nesting birds proved far more difficult. Sharing the herony also a few distant Squacco Herons and the inevitable Little Egrets.|
|Great to see (and hear) the resident Sardinian Warblers.
This pair appeared to be nesting under one of the viewing platforms. Unfortunately despite being almost everywhere the Fan-tailed and Cetti Warblers were less accommodating.
|Frustratingly the Nightingale’s remained in the heavy shade.|
|Plenty of insects to be found along the edges of the footpaths especially Dragonflies and Clouded Yellow butterflies.|
|Upon reaching the far end of the Cami de ses puntas we were finally beaten by the heat and turned around for the slow walk back to the Gran Canal.|