A quick wander along the beach this morning and there were a couple of Sardinian Warblers, Sylvia melanocephala, flitting about in the undergrowth.
The Butterfly Park, with its controlled tropical environment, is also a good place to find a variety of flowers and plants, particularly orchids. Not only are they colourful and impressive, they are also the source of the necessary nectar for many of the butterflies.
We are experiencing a bit of a heatwave in Andalucia at the moment, with temperatures of 40 degrees and above, so a short wander meant I was aarding like a sweatvark within a few minutes. Most of the birds were, of course, being sensible and remaining in shaded areas.
I think the castor-oil-plant, Ricinus communis, invariably looks nice and it can be found all along the riverbank in Nerja. And elsewhere, of course. It looks particularly good with the sun shining on it, but not much of that about at the moment.
The greens and browns as the dry season prepares to give way to the wet season, or as it has been re-branded for tourism purposes, the ‘Green Season’.
The rio Chillar in Nerja is barely a trickle at the moment as our ‘dry season’ begins. Plenty of noise coming from the trees, undergrowth and bushes, but very few coming out to play this morning.
It was most definitely a pleasant change going for a wander after the torrential rain of the past couple of days, so a bit of flora along with the odd raindrop here and there.
Nice to see the warblers slowly returning. This one kept popping out to hover next to a bush to grab a bite to eat, its little wings flapping at a rate of knots.
I decided to go for a relatively early wander this morning, before the sun got too hot, and for a while it seemed that the birds must be having a a lie-in. Fortunately, though, they thought better of it and came out to play.