The Sardinian Warbler, Sylvia melanocephala, is a very shy bird, quick to fly off at any remote encroachment on its patch. When it does come out into the open and perch, momentarily, on a fence, you need to be ready and make the most of these rare opportunities.
A stroll along the river (rofl, still drier than a dry bone) and the first thing that caught my attention was this clean, well-groomed and large rodent.
I paid a visit to our newly opened Botanical Garden – Jardín botánico Detunda-Cueva de Nerja – where a few dragonflies were buzzing around a small pond.
The wind has been very strong and gusting for the past few days but it doesn’t seem to affect the gulls who maintain their graceful flight as they fly in and out, gliding, swooping and diving with apparent ease. They even maintain great decorum when they come in to land, although it does look like a lot of extra effort is sometimes required.
Lots of Prickly Pear cacti around Nerja and they are quite colourful at the moment. The bees certainly love the flowers.
A short stroll along the seashore this morning for a change. Some nice yellow and purple Sea Figs, Carpobrotus chilensis.
Rather a cute youngster learning to fend for himself, although the parents were not far away and keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.
As I arrived by the riverside this morning my attention was suddenly caught by the almost unmistakeable wingbars and crest of a Hoopoe as it swooped down and landed. Unfortunately I was totally unprepared – wrong lens, camera still at my side – so I just watched and admired this impressive creature before it flew off a couple of minutes later.
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.