Flocks of Red-billed Chough, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, were swooping majestically through the huge and deep gorge which divides the hilltop city of Ronda into two sections.
The Sardinian Warbler, Sylvia melanocephala, is a very shy bird, quick to fly off at any remote encroachment on its patch. When it does come out into the open and perch, momentarily, on a fence, you need to be ready and make the most of these rare opportunities.
A stroll along the river (rofl, still drier than a dry bone) and the first thing that caught my attention was this clean, well-groomed and large rodent.
It was a good day for flycatchers, plenty of insects flying about, although this particular Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata, also gorged itself on some berries.
The wind has been very strong and gusting for the past few days but it doesn’t seem to affect the gulls who maintain their graceful flight as they fly in and out, gliding, swooping and diving with apparent ease. They even maintain great decorum when they come in to land, although it does look like a lot of extra effort is sometimes required.
The Guinea Turaco, Tauraco persa, also known as the Green Turaco, is native to the forests of West and Central Africa, ranging eastwards from Senegal to DR Congo and south to northern Angola.
On top of Monte Calamorro in Benalmádena is a Falconry and Conservation Centre with a variety of birds of prey. While I was waiting for their daily exhibition/display to start, an Osprey decided to drift in and made several dives onto the mountainside for prey. The Osprey was a visitor and not part of the centre.
I would say that these are fairly young Gouldian Finches, Erythura goudiae, both by size and their plumage. The very young birds have grey heads and necks before developing the magnificent, almost patchwork feathers. Males have a purple chest, females are mauve.
Rather a cute youngster learning to fend for himself, although the parents were not far away and keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.