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.
I made several short trips to see the ducks, swans and gulls whilst on a quick trip to the UK, can’t resist. Strange as it may seem to some, Mallards feature high on my list of favourite quackers, so that’s where I’ll start.
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…
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.
This is the Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata, a common migratory dabbling duck which spends the winter in southern Europe, ostensibly in Spain, Italy and Greece.
Also present on the waters in Málaga, apart from insects who took great delight in covering me in huge bites, was the Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis.
Mallards are my favourite ducks for some reason, always have been. They come in all shapes, sizes and colourings, but these are the more ‘traditional’ specimens.
A few different things to start with, first up being the reflections of Mallards on the calm waters of the pond.
Mallards have always been one of my favourite ducks. They come in all shapes, sizes and colourings and, to me at least, seem to project a sort of ‘personality’, so always fun to be around. Plenty of them at the pond, including one with the weird tuft on its head.