Today we were invited to a coordination meeting to prepare the 2nd Doñana BirdFair in wich we are proud to collaborate. It will be in April at «Dehesa de Abajo» just on the entrance of the Doñana Natural Park.

After work I decided to take a walk for some birdwatching in Doñana and, in about 5 minutes, I was watching a couple of Red-knobbed Coots defeating their territory from others Coots, they had the red nodules on the forehead very obvious already, a sign that the breeding season has started.

Red-knobbed Coot chasing its neighbours.

Red-knobbed Coot chasing its neighbours.

After this wonderful show, I found the place wich a friend told me the day before and where he saw a Sociable Lapwing. There were of course lot of Lapwings, but also Spoonbills, many Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Ruffs, Godwits, Black Storks, Meadow Pipits, Wagtails, Marsh Harriers, 1 Booted Eagle dark, birds everywhere… but not the Sociable Lapwing, I was checking all the birds till the end of the track, so I decided to go to eat something and maybe after lunch I would have more energy to continue checking. But it was when I was really lucky and, in the last group of Lapwings, I found the bird! it was feeding with them and not very far. A very nice bird coming from Asia!

The winter is ending in Doñana, but still there is good birding quality in this area close to Sevilla. And there are more NICE BIRD-days coming…

Sociable Lapwing, a rarety in Europe.

Sociable Lapwing, a rarety in Western Europe.