The Serins were about, as usual, and, again as usual, they were invariably munching away at the undergrowth. Having said that, I did manage to get a few shots where they were not stuffing their beaks…
My models for the morning were a group of Sparrows. I rather like the way the first one has spread himself out on the branch.
The Desembocadura del Rio Vélez (Mouth of the River Vélez) is easily accessible from the end of the Paseo de Marítimo (promenade) in Torre del Mar, a short walk, and it hosts a variety of interesting flora and fauna, particularly smaller birds. However…
This is an Abdim’s Stork – or White-bellied Stork if you prefer – which was quite happy to strike up a rather nice pose.
Popped out for a quick morning wander and there was a feeding frenzy going on. Serins galore (as ever), Goldfinches, Blackcaps, Greenfinches, Linnets and a pair of Great Tits, not the most common sighting in this area.
A lot of rain recently, some of it pretty heavy, but not enough to leave more than the odd puddle in our so-called river. Enough to flood brand new underground car parks, but apparently insufficient to generate even a modest stream in its wake. Ah well.
“Spain’s first Eyebrowed Thrush was unfortunately shot by a hunter in Cataluña, mistaking it for his Song Thrush quarry.” Hunting the fearsome Song Thrush with a shotgun must be the ultimate macho test of skill, cunning and heroic courage. Apart from hunting ants with a drone and a cruise missile, of course.
They certainly always look very cute, although that is not always the case and they can apparently be quite vicious.
This gentle giant is a Western Gorilla, currently listed as ‘critically endangered’ due, amongst other things, to poaching, deforestation, Ebola and a slow population growth rate.