Spotless Starling

Hopefully next time

As I arrived by the riverside this morning my attention was suddenly caught by the almost unmistakeable wingbars and crest of a Hoopoe as it swooped down and landed. Unfortunately I was totally unprepared – wrong lens, camera still at my side – so I just watched and admired this impressive creature before it flew off a couple of minutes later.

Monk Parakeet


The Monk Parakeet, Myiopsitta monachus, originates from Argentina and the surrounding area but there are nw self-sustaining feral populations around the globe, including in many areas in Spain. This group are often to be found on the Balcón de Europa in the centre of Nerja, and at the moment they are busy nest building.


Ruling the roost

Although I very often hears chickens as I wander around, actually seeing them is a pretty rare occurrence. I have probably seen more fighting birds than ‘regular’ ones, the barbaric practice being quite popular in parts of southern Spain.