Early evening down by the shore and flocks of sea birds were flying past in stealth mode, almost skimming the surface of the calm sea, while others were diving into the water in search of food. Others gathered on the rocks, presumably to await the return of the fishing boats. A lone, larger bird flew past and landed on the water just off one of the beaches.
Quite a chorus along the dry riverbed this morning, lots of warblers of one sort or another, particularly Sardinian Warblers, and a lovely Robin also put in an appearance.
My objective for today was to get some half decent shots of gulls, particularly in flight or coming in to land, so I set myself up on the shore and waited. Didn’t have to wait very long before they began coming in to sit on the rocks or feed the youngsters.
A few more pics from the trip to the lagoon in Málaga. The long-legged Stilts, waders young and old, Plovers, Heron and some Snail Trees.
It has been many months since I made a trip to the rio Guadalhorce in Málaga so I thought it was about time. On each visit during the past couple of years, a Kingfisher has always appeared on the scene and taken up position on its favourite perch or in the nearby undergrowth, and this time was no exception.
This splendid creature is the Beautiful Sunbird, Cinnyris pulchella, a common breeder throughout sub-Saharan tropical Africa. This one is a male of the species with its extended tail streamers which almost doubles its length.
There are still some Bird of Paradise flowers in bloom in various parts of the town, they always look nice. Seem to be some in bloom at almost all times of the year.
I love raptors, including nature’s garbage collectors the Vultures. They are steady on the ground, a bit ungainly when taking off but once in the air and soaring, magnificent creatures. This one is the Hooded Vulture, Necrosyrtes monachus.
It’s still up there amongst my favourite birdies, the Gouldian Finch with its vibrant, patchwork plumage.