Friday, 7 October 2016

Laguna Blanca - Seasonal Pond strikes again 1st record for reserve!!

The Seasonal Pond is shrinking fast which is a great shame as this small area of the reserve has been a magnet for rarities since my arrival at the end of March. It helps that this pond is currently littered with young frogs which are a good snack for any passing heron.

The pond did not disappoint but the new species for the reserve was not in that group as I crept up on a couple of Limpkin (4th reserve record). I spied a black and white bird hawking insects at low level. A Black-backed Water Tyrant worked it’s way closer as I hid behind a large clump of reeds. I have managed to photograph nearly all new species to the reserve and I didn’t want this one getting away!

The Limpkin seemed oblivious to what was going on around them as they tucked into the frogs in between moments of irritated Wattled Jacana fly-bys. A Green and Rufous Kingfisher (2nd record or returning bird) joined a Green and Ringed Kingfisher on the hunt for small fish. Three Ringed Kingfisher had been observed fighting over the lagoon earlier on in the day the highest count of the year.

A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron joined the feast before perching up on a small tree. The Masked duck (inc a Male), Brazilian Teal, Common Gallinule were resting in the green pond weed. Two pairs of Least Grebe were shepherding their young on what looked like the first days on the water for the chicks.

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