The White-faced Saki, Pithecia pithecia, is a species of saki monkey found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela. This particular one is a female, the male having a more white forehead, face and throat.
Graceful and elegant in flight with what seems like very little effort…but can be noisy (Although not on this occasion).
Pigeons are amongst the best fliers apparently, so I decided to try and get a few shots of them in the air.
It was rather nippy early this morning, which made me quickly regret my choice of attire. Black Redstarts, Blackbirds, Wagtails, Sardinian Warblers, Spotless Starlings, Cattle Egrets and Doves were the first to brave the elements, mostly just singing away in the undergrowth rather than coming out to pose.
Having picked myself up of the floor having encountered water in the local river, I decided on a quick meander to see if the birds were talking full advantage of this unusual phenomenon. Not as many as I thought there might be, possibly due to the continued savage cutting back of the vegetation – for cutting back read removing almost everything.
After almost of weeks of rains and storms in Nerja, the rio Chillar has become a raging torrent. The rains have brought the birds back to the riverbank, although both sides of the river are currently being cleared of vegetation in the annual municipal tidy-up.
For the first time, I noticed a pigeon apparently sticking its head in a hole in the ground. Closer inspection revealed it was actually drinking water via the keyhole in the drain cover. Fascinating to watch.
There are usually only a few Monk Parakeets, Myiopsitta monachus, in the palm trees on the Balcón de Europa, Nerja, at any one time, but they certainly make up for that with the amount of noise they make.
Residents at the Zoo de Castellar also included a pair of magnificent Griffon Vultures, both of whom had suffered broken wings and were no longer able to fly.