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.
The Plumed Basilisk, Basiliscus Plumifons, is a species of lizard native to Central America. This one is, I believe, a female of the species.
As I was watching this snake it began to slowly open its mouth so, more in anticipation than anything else, I quickly aimed the camera and started to shoot. I would probably say that my hope, and maybe expectation, was to see its forked tongue appear…..
This is Wally, a Tammar Wallaby, Macropus eugenii, the smallest of the wallaby family.
Went for a wander this morning but not much at all happening on the bird front at the moment. Saw the odd Blackcap, a couple of Spotted Flycatchers, one finch, a few doves, Swallows and Martins, but not a lot else.
As I meandered down the walkway to the riverbed, I spotted something in one of the (many) cracks and holes in the bridge supports. I have identified it as a Horseshoe Whip Snake.
It is the middle of October and still no water in the river, so the lizards are scuttling about freely. There were several tiny ones, presumably born fairly recently.
There were lots of Pond Sliders, Trachemys scripta, about, some catching a few rays on islands or sprawled out on the banks, others swimming around and occasionally sticking their little heads above the water to see what was going on.
I wasn’t sure what to expect on my first trip to the Parque Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, so everything was a nice surprise. For a change I am going to try and cover things in order.