A young pigeon, one of those rare sights, after a good preening session.
I was enjoying a well-deserved (my own interpretation) beer and a tapas when I glanced out of the bar window and saw a bit of Sparrow activity on the tall stump of a palm tree. I returned to the task in hand but kept glancing at the palm tree. I then noticed a small head pop out of one of the holes, so I decided to investigate.
A slow, leisurely amble in the hot sun and there were plenty of the usual suspects – Flycatchers, Serins, Spotless Starlings, Goldfinches, Swallows etc – as well as one less common sighting.
A group of smaller bees were using a flower as a sort of heliport while a huge Carpenter Bee was getting its belly covered in pollen as it flitted from one bloom to another.
Quite a few Swallows, Martins, Spotted Flycatchers and the odd Turtle Dove (nice to see them back) around at the moment. The Turtle Dove managed to find a few drops of water (?) in the riverbed to quench its thirst.
Although it is still quite colourful along the Rio No Water, the blooms are most definitely coming to the end of their time.
A short Sunday stroll down by the non-river was fairly uneventful – wrong time of day entirely – but I did manage to get a few reasonable shots of Goldfinch, gulls and…not much else.
They are the B52’s of the bee world, big and noisy, but quite harmless…fortunately. This lone Carpenter Bee was going from flower to flower collecting nectar.
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.