Look at this Mal­lor­can beauty!

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

I would be most grate­ful if you could con­firm the ID of the bird shown. We be­lieve this is a Lit­tle Bit­tern. This bird showed well at less than four me­tres dis­tance in the Al­bufera Na­ture re­serve in Mal­lorca on 12 May. The bird ig­nored a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple view­ing and pho­tograph­ing it. It sim­ply went on fish­ing! She ap­peared to be about Moorhen size. Robert Mclaugh­lin

QThis is in­deed a gor­geous ex­am­ple of a fe­male Lit­tle Bit­tern. Usu­ally quite a se­cre­tive bird, they do very rarely visit the UK, and have bred here on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions. But you are far more likely to see them in Mal­lorca! We’re spec­u­lat­ing that this one has be­come a bit more tol­er­ant of hu­mans ow­ing to the num­ber of visi­tors at the Al­bufera Re­serve, which is one of the premier birdwatching spots on the is­land, and well worth a visit.


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