The sun may have put in an appearance but it was still quite bracing as I went for a quick check on the local wildlife. Plenty of activity, with Goldfinches, Spotless Starlings, Sardinian Warblers, Blackcaps, Blackbirds and Wagtails being quite abundant.
It really was a very good, albeit cold and windy, early morning at the wetlands and, in addition to the Cormorants and Flamingoes, there were Stilts, Ringed Plover, Sandpipers, Sanderling, Redshank, Greenshank, Stints, Ruddy Duck and Shovelers.
Even before the sun came up, dozens of Great Cormorants, Phalacrocorax carbo, were flying in, out, and around the wetlands. Others were sitting in trees although the majority were occupying several little islands in the lagoon.
There was a small colony of Greater Flamingo, Phoenicopterus roseus, at the Guadalhorce wetlands in Málaga city and it was fascinating to watch them shuffling along in the water to disturb the mud. They spend most of feeding time with their heads down in the water.
Well, it apparently used to be known as the White-faced Scops Owl (along with its southern relative) but is now referred to as the Northern White-faced Owl, Ptilopsis leucotis. Its southern counterpart is now known, strangely, as the Southern White-faced Owl, Ptilopsis granti.
A small collection of Doves, one of whom seems to think he is a duck.
It did feel a little odd heading out for a short nature ramble without a camera, but I had decided to take my new binoculars for a test drive and didn’t want any distractions. This was the first time, ever I believe, that I had done this.
Although the Violet Turaco, Musophaga violacea, put in fairly regular appearances I only managed one half-decent shot of this very shy bird as it spent most of its time in the trees.
I only managed a couple of quick shots of the Black-necked Weaver, Ploceus nigricollis, when it appeared in dense vegetation, but at least I got him. Nice colouring with a Zorro mask and a black bib.