After almost of weeks of rains and storms in Nerja, the rio Chillar has become a raging torrent. The rains have brought the birds back to the riverbank, although both sides of the river are currently being cleared of vegetation in the annual municipal tidy-up.
Gulls were arriving at a regular rate and gliding quite low, their facial expressions suggesting they were on the lookout for a snack discarded by the humans below.
For the first time, I noticed a pigeon apparently sticking its head in a hole in the ground. Closer inspection revealed it was actually drinking water via the keyhole in the drain cover. Fascinating to watch.
There are usually only a few Monk Parakeets, Myiopsitta monachus, in the palm trees on the Balcón de Europa, Nerja, at any one time, but they certainly make up for that with the amount of noise they make.
Residents at the Zoo de Castellar also included a pair of magnificent Griffon Vultures, both of whom had suffered broken wings and were no longer able to fly.
The main aviary at the Zoo de Castellar rescue centre contains a host of exotic birds from Budgerigars and Java Sparrows through Parrots and Parakeets to large Macaws, presumably many of these having been retrieved from domestic situations, and it was great to go inside the enclosure and get up-close and personal with these birds.
Here we have the Scarlet Ibis, Eudocimus ruber, native to South America and the Caribbean and the American Ibis, Eudocimus albus, found from North Carolina down to as far south as Colombia and Venezuela. Both these birds are resident at the rescue centre in Castellar, Cádiz province.
This is the Rhea, a near-threatened three-toed flightless bird related to the Ostrich and Emu and only found natively in South America – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. These powerful, long-necked birds can reach up to 1.70 metres in height.
There were quite a few Moorhens at the local Woodley pond, but no geese and only one Mute Swan.