They are back to the Odiel Marshes


The sooner the Northern European birds are gone the sooner they are back. These days the salt marshes of the South West of Spain get plenty of waders after a short breeding break along the North of Eurasia. I love the post-breeding or Autumn migration as thousands of juveniles can be seen coming down with their adults to spend the first stage of their flying life with us.

The true is that summer is not the best time to visit the Doñana National Park area due to the lack of water in the fresh water marshes. However the Marismas del Odiel or Odiel Marshes Nature Reserve beside Huelva City concentrates a high variety of birdlife in the tidal channels, mudflats, beaches, sandbanks, lakes and salt pans. Nearly every species of European wader can be reported here plus gulls like Slender-billed, Audouin´s and Mediterranean and terns including Lesser-crested, Little, Artic and Roseate. The visit to the restricted area offers a good chance to get the closest view to many of those including the resident flamingos and spoonbills as well as the seasonal ospreys.

There is nothing better at this time of the year than a sunset in the Odiel Marshes to enjoy the bird hustle.

Why not joining me?

Gaviota de Audouin - Audouin´s Gull - Larus audouinii

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