In Thursday’s post I mentioned I captured a great shot of Grey Heron with Cormorants. Well here it is, I didn’t even notice the cormorants at first, they blended in so well with their environment! I know that might seem a bit bizarre when you look at the photograph below, but if you scroll down you will see a photograph I had taken of the bank earlier. The northern bank is a long way away when you are peering at birds.
The Riberia Odeleite is a tributary of the Ria Guadiana, and as this point of the river is less than 30km from where the Guadiana flows into Atlantic, with no waterfalls in between, it is tidal (the Guadiana is tidal up to Mértola, about 70km from the Atlantic). When I took the photograph below at the start of our hike the tide was rising, when we returned a few hours later it had turned revealing the perfect perching point for herons and cormorants alike.
The name ‘Odeleite’ is believed to originate from its Moorish name wâdî layt, meaning eloquent river. Rather appropriate name given how often it appears in this blog!
It wasn’t just herons and cormorants that caught my attention. A few yards from them there was a major boundary dispute taking place between two Common Sandpipers.
We’ve never seen sandpipers behaving like this before as usually they seem content to feed in small flocks. However apparently in the autumn / winter months it is not unknown for some birds to become extremely territorial. On this excellent Waders Blog by Graham Appleton you can read further on the winter behaviour of Green Sandpipers.
PS If my title seems a familiar to those of a certain age, in fact many ages, then you might be thinking of a TV programme. Visit Wikipedia to find out more.