It’s still up there amongst my favourite birdies, the Gouldian Finch with its vibrant, patchwork plumage.
This is Wally, a Tammar Wallaby, Macropus eugenii, the smallest of the wallaby family.
All the old favourites were fluttering around the Butterfly Park, or just hanging around in some cases like the Attacus atlas and Samia ricini, mainly because, being moths, they are nocturnally active.
A quick wander along the beach this morning and there were a couple of Sardinian Warblers, Sylvia melanocephala, flitting about in the undergrowth.
Owl butterflies, amongst others, are partial to rotting or fermenting fruit, grapes and bananas being amongst the favourites. Quite an intense aroma!
The Butterfly Park, with its controlled tropical environment, is also a good place to find a variety of flowers and plants, particularly orchids. Not only are they colourful and impressive, they are also the source of the necessary nectar for many of the butterflies.
This is a male Zebra Finch, Taeniopygia guttata, surveying the scene from the comfort of its home in a hole in the branch of a tree.
This first caterpillar, Hipolimnas bolina, was munching its way along a large leaf at quite a rate of knots. Looks quite fearsome close up.
We are experiencing a bit of a heatwave in Andalucia at the moment, with temperatures of 40 degrees and above, so a short wander meant I was aarding like a sweatvark within a few minutes. Most of the birds were, of course, being sensible and remaining in shaded areas.