Birds

Collared Kingfisher

The Collared Kingfisher, Todiramphus chloris, is a medium-sized member of the Halcyonidae family and is found throughout an area stretching from the Red Sea across southern Asia and Australasia to Polynesia....
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Squatting Swallows

I was wandering through the streets of the hillside town of Frigiliana when I saw a number of Swallows who have taken over a vacant building - teach them to leave the window open! Fortunately I had my little point-and-shoot in my pocket....
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Look, no hands!

The hot weather has brought the lizards out and they were scuttling about all over the place. There were also quite a few Spotted Flycatchers and a number of House martins flying up and down the river in the vain hope of finding a bit of water....
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Insects

Vespula vulgaris

A midday wander has one distinct advantage, the absolute lack of the usual gaggle of joggers and runners on the paths. The distinct disadvantage of course, being summer, is the heat. Never mind....
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Trying to keep a low profile

With bright sunshine and long shadows, I decided to don a camouflage t-shirt to see if that made any difference when trying to sneak up on birds. However, I got the distinct impression I might as well have been wearing a fluorescent Hawaiian shirt with flashing lights and Swiss cowbells....
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European Bee-eater

There were a few birds sitting on the power lines, quite some distance away, and one looked like it had a longer tail than the rest so out came the little binocs, first time I'd grabbed them on the way out for ages. Must have known I'd need them....
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Early(ish) morning activity

The rio Chillar was a dry as a bone early this morning, then suddenly, as if someone had turned on a tap, water began to trickle down and within a few minutes there was (relatively speaking) quite a flow. At least enough to dampen the toes of the birds....
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A nice little surprise

I went for a leisurely stroll on Sunday lunchtime and, not expecting to see much at all on the wildlife front, I was generally not disappointed. Except, something caught my eye on a window ledge and it was only when I looked through the zoom that I saw what it was....
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