A last-minute trip to the UK for a week but, unfortunately, no time to go on any walks, not even to the local quacker pond. However, I was able to watch the Red Kites, up to twenty in number at times, soaring, playing and swooping down, sometimes so low that, if they had them, one would have seen the whites of their eyes. Magnificent creatures to watch and when they are so low you get to see the beautiful, rich colours.
The Serins were about, as usual, and, again as usual, they were invariably munching away at the undergrowth. Having said that, I did manage to get a few shots where they were not stuffing their beaks…
My models for the morning were a group of Sparrows. I rather like the way the first one has spread himself out on the branch.
The Desembocadura del Rio Vélez (Mouth of the River Vélez) is easily accessible from the end of the Paseo de Marítimo (promenade) in Torre del Mar, a short walk, and it hosts a variety of interesting flora and fauna, particularly smaller birds. However…
This is an Abdim’s Stork – or White-bellied Stork if you prefer – which was quite happy to strike up a rather nice pose.
Popped out for a quick morning wander and there was a feeding frenzy going on. Serins galore (as ever), Goldfinches, Blackcaps, Greenfinches, Linnets and a pair of Great Tits, not the most common sighting in this area.
A lot of rain recently, some of it pretty heavy, but not enough to leave more than the odd puddle in our so-called river. Enough to flood brand new underground car parks, but apparently insufficient to generate even a modest stream in its wake. Ah well.
There was quite a screech of black-headed gulls, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, on the pond, distinctive with their chocolate-brown heads, red bills and bright red legs and feet.
A short break in the UK but only managed a brief safari – otherwise known as a trip to the park – to see the quackers and other birdies. There were some nice Pied Wagtails, Motacilla alba.