Although I manage to do a fair bit of birding when in Spain, there remain some sites that have somehow remained on the backburner. I've been meaning to return here for a better look these past couple of years. Frankly, the site didn't inspire me first go round. Then the obvious route sprouted 'No Entry' signs and, although locals all ignored these, it did put me off a little. Several times the path around Laguna Salada was a sea of thick gluppy mud almost impossible to negotiate without wellies and I could never get a very clear view across the laguna. To be honest, I still haven't got to explore Laguna Chica. However, Laguna Juncosa was often full of birds albeit relatively common ones. A recent exploration online showed Ferruginous Duck had been seen there during winter 2013 which is promising. I also discovered that there are a couple of tracks leading across farmlands to the oddly named Laguna del Hato Carne. Whether or not these are drivable or open to the public remains to be seen. However, photos found online suggest that this winter this shallow hollow has been wet. Hopefully, it should be packed with birds when I'm out there again in April and can explore the place. A fifth laguna also came to light (leaving aside a tiny pool beside the track to Laguna del Hato Carne) during my searches - Laguna de San Bartolome. I'd passed by this laguna a few years ago think it was just a flooded field. This time I plan to get a closer my critical look!
About me ...
Hi I'm John Cantelo. I've been birding seriously since the 1960s when I met up with some like minded folks (all of us are still birding!) at Taunton's School in Southampton. I have lived in Kent , where I taught History and Sociology, since the late 1970s. In that time I've served on the committees of both my local RSPB group and the county ornithological society (KOS). I have also worked as a part-time field teacher for the RSPB at Dungeness. Having retired I now spend as much time as possible in Alcala de los Gazules in SW Spain. When I'm not birding I edit books for the Crossbill Guides series.