As soon as I reached the car park and looked through the adjacent screen hides, those tall pink blobs were now feeding only metres away! With a couple of hundred birds covering the salt pans including many juveniles this was an amazingly close encounter I hadn't quite expected.
Crossing the wooden boardwalks through the pine covered sand dunes on my way to one of the raised platforms hides which strategical overlooked across the salt pans, you could imagine this place being a magnet for passage migrants at the right time of year - sadly mid-summer wasn't that time of year, and the only passerines of note were Iberian Grey Shrike and a Short-toed Lark. But where the pine trees were lacking in birds they made up for it with the loud buzzing sound of Cicadas, the noise was almost deafening - shame I'd forgotten to pack my ear defenders! but still, at least I'd remembered the mosquito repellent.