A few more tropical plants and flowers from recent trips and this time I have managed to identify and attach (hopefully correct) names to most of them.
The Guinea Turaco, Tauraco persa, also known as the Green Turaco, is native to the forests of West and Central Africa, ranging eastwards from Senegal to DR Congo and south to northern Angola.
On top of Monte Calamorro in Benalmádena is a Falconry and Conservation Centre with a variety of birds of prey. While I was waiting for their daily exhibition/display to start, an Osprey decided to drift in and made several dives onto the mountainside for prey. The Osprey was a visitor and not part of the centre.
It may be a heatwave at the moment but that doesn’t stop the Carpenter Bee going about his business as usual.
Here is a gallery of butterflies I saw the other day at the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena. Quite a difference between two recent visits – one month apart – as far as number of butterflies and species are concerned.
The Paper Kite, Idea leuconoe, is also sometimes referred to as the Rice Paper butterfly or Large Tree Nymph and originates from Southeast Asia, although it is now also to be found in parts of Northern Australia.
I would say that these are fairly young Gouldian Finches, Erythura goudiae, both by size and their plumage. The very young birds have grey heads and necks before developing the magnificent, almost patchwork feathers. Males have a purple chest, females are mauve.
The impressive Atlas and Eri moths only survive for about one week as they do not have mouths and cannot therefore feed. What I hadn’t really noticed before is the size of their legs. They are quite thick, strong looking and hairy, very similar to those of a Tarantula in many ways.
A short video of some butterflies at the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena, Spain.