My only other nature snaps were of this bracket fungus, again within the confines of the back garden. I might even venture so far as to say that this could be Lenzites betulina.
A last-minute trip to the UK for a week but, unfortunately, no time to go on any walks, not even to the local quacker pond. However, I was able to watch the Red Kites, up to twenty in number at times, soaring, playing and swooping down, sometimes so low that, if they had them, one would have seen the whites of their eyes. Magnificent creatures to watch and when they are so low you get to see the beautiful, rich colours.
The Serins were about, as usual, and, again as usual, they were invariably munching away at the undergrowth. Having said that, I did manage to get a few shots where they were not stuffing their beaks…
My models for the morning were a group of Sparrows. I rather like the way the first one has spread himself out on the branch.
The Desembocadura del Rio Vélez (Mouth of the River Vélez) is easily accessible from the end of the Paseo de Marítimo (promenade) in Torre del Mar, a short walk, and it hosts a variety of interesting flora and fauna, particularly smaller birds. However…
This is an Abdim’s Stork – or White-bellied Stork if you prefer – which was quite happy to strike up a rather nice pose.
Popped out for a quick morning wander and there was a feeding frenzy going on. Serins galore (as ever), Goldfinches, Blackcaps, Greenfinches, Linnets and a pair of Great Tits, not the most common sighting in this area.
Will the UK see the reintroduction of the Lynx after an absence of 1,300 years? It is a slow process, but it has been working in Spain, despite a number being killed on the roads. The return of the Lynx
The Leopard, Panthera pardus, is a member of the family Felidae and is found in sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia and even Siberia. It is, however, a near-threatened species due to habitat loss and illegal hunting, as is so often the case unfortunately.