Rather a cute youngster learning to fend for himself, although the parents were not far away and keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.
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.
I set off to see if I could find any of the Alpine Accentors which had been spotted in the area in the past few days but alas, no luck. At least some of the regulars were about, including this lovely female Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros.
A couple of days in the UK and good to see the usual suspects on the pond in Woodford Park, Woodley – Swans, Canada Geese, my favourite Mallards, Black-headed Gulls and Moorhens. Plus all those beautiful Red Kites soaring effortlessly overhead, often very low.
A couple of Wagtails, one Serin, a Blackcap and two Sardinian Warblers, but Black Redstarts by the score on Sunday morning.
Sunday morning and a flight (or gulp, according to some sources) of Cormorants had once again taken up residence on the rocks. Every so often, one would try its hand at fishing, staying under the water for what seemed a very long time.
I wasn’t out looking for birds but as they made the effort to come to me then I thought it only fair to grab a few shots.
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.
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.