An evening visit to the Charca de Suarez produced a nice photo of a Red Avadavat. These are escaped cagebirds, seed feeders that have established breeding flocks in Andalucia and are often seen here where there are long grasses and reeds providing a supply of food. They are in company with a lot of waxbills which have also successfully established themselves here.
There is a resident pair of Kingfishers which does the rounds of the various ponds. This one was some distance away but the photo is worth posting because of the good light.
Another species that has become resident is the Ferruginous Duck. There are at least six of this handsome species here, seemingly permanently.
I also captured a nice image of a Nightingale down at the Rio Velez. The site has been cleaned up by the authorities but the river is dry in the drought except for the brackinsh pools close to the beach,
These are a few dragonflies I photographed on a pleasant stroll along the banks of the Rio Cajula just outside Canilas de Albaida. This is a small river but there is always water even in the height of Summer so it is good site for dragonfly species that enjoy moving water.
As a bonus it is always worth visiting Restaurante Cerezo in the village after a walk for an outstanding lunch, it never fails to impress.
Retired seafarer living in Frigiliana, a white village in Malaga Province in southern Spain. Married to Elena. Keen bird and wildlife watchers.
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