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.
The main aviary at the Zoo de Castellar rescue centre contains a host of exotic birds from Budgerigars and Java Sparrows through Parrots and Parakeets to large Macaws, presumably many of these having been retrieved from domestic situations, and it was great to go inside the enclosure and get up-close and personal with these birds.
Harris’s hawk, Parabuteo unicinctus, is a medium-sized bird of prey that breeds from the southwestern United States south to Chile, central Argentina, and Brazil.
Another member of the cat family I was able to get close to on my trip to Zoo de Castellar was the Caracal, easily recognised by its tufted ears. This one is called Alice.
I made my first trip to Zoo de Castellar in Cádiz province, Spain,a rescue centre for animals and birds, a private initiative which opened in 2002.
Early evening down by the shore and flocks of sea birds were flying past in stealth mode, almost skimming the surface of the calm sea, while others were diving into the water in search of food. Others gathered on the rocks, presumably to await the return of the fishing boats. A lone, larger bird flew past and landed on the water just off one of the beaches.