Black-winged Stilts, S'Albufera, Mallorca

Field Paintings

Our family holiday to Mallorca was extended by a week thanks to the Icelandic volcano allowing me a few days to concentrate on sketching black-winged stilts on the saltpans at Son Carbonelles, S’Albufera.

Elsewhere on the reserve the stilts were already on eggs but here they were still nest building and mating.

The shallow saline pools were also home to a large school of big mullet which swam between the stilts gulping at the surface. There were many other birds in this area including squacco herons, flocks of wood sandpipers and greenshanks as well as little egrets and great reed warblers.

John Walters

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