The focus of my attention for this shot was the interesting and splendidly colourful bloom on a tree, and I was quite happy with the result. However, a later and closer inspection revealed a bonus.
The Sardinian Warbler, Sylvia melanocephala, is a very shy bird, quick to fly off at any remote encroachment on its patch. When it does come out into the open and perch, momentarily, on a fence, you need to be ready and make the most of these rare opportunities.
A few more tropical plants and flowers from recent trips and this time I have managed to identify and attach (hopefully correct) names to most of them.
Lots of Prickly Pear cacti around Nerja and they are quite colourful at the moment. The bees certainly love the flowers.
Flowers may not move around swiftly, except in the wind, and they do not take fright if you get too close (as far as we know!), but it does not mean they are always easy to photograph. Available light, shade and shadows and surrounding undergrowth can all play their part.
A seed head of the Taraxacum officinale, otherwise known as the Dandelion, a flowering herbaceous perennial plant of the family Asteraceae. Although it is considered a weed by many, the Dandelion was originally introduced into America as a food crop. It is edible in its entirety and is also used in medicine and even for making wine.
A short stroll along the seashore this morning for a change. Some nice yellow and purple Sea Figs, Carpobrotus chilensis.
A couple of Wagtails, one Serin, a Blackcap and two Sardinian Warblers, but Black Redstarts by the score on Sunday morning.
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.