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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Despite being totally surrounded by miles and miles of plastic sheeting, this is a terrific little wetland, well worth taking the trouble to visit. White-headed Duck is the main attraction, not just because there are so many of them, but also because they give such close views, as do Black-necked Grebes. There’s also a heronry which includes Squacco Herons and Night Herons and a chance of Marbled Duck and Little Bittern too. There is another, similar, site the Albufera de Adra, 20km to the west. This has even more White-headed Ducks but is so obscured by fences and reeds (and greenhouses!) that Cañada de las Norias is a much better bet.

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Cañada de las Norias

The view from the western end of the lake - not exactly scenic is it but you do get very close to the birds

The eastern end is a little more scenic and just as extraordinary for seeing birds at close range

Don’t miss this pool nearby (site 3 in my book) which is likely to have extra species of wildfowl and waders

These tamarisks (site 4 in my book) are where the herons breed but it’s difficult to see them clearly

A reminder of just how ugly the scenery is in this part of Almeria