El Rabida

El Rabida is an area just east of Huelva on the Andalucian coast. It is a massive petrochemical complex. On Sunday night I took some photos.


Scary… I was a bit worried about vehicles cruising the perimeter, were they security or police? There were strange noises, lots of hisses as pressure release valves cut in, also a distant train was hooting in a rather eerie way  and occasionally sirens went off.  I was on rough ground outside the perimeter and there were lots of snags and branches and at one point a rat ran past my foot.   Still all in the interests of photography.


Sea Daffodil, Pancratium maritiimum

The Sea Daffodil also known as Sea Lilly is very common in this area of Western Spain. In fact I recall having seen it along the coast near Barcelona, also, in Calpe and I think in Greece.


Anyway it is typical of southern European coast lines. It is supposed to flower from August to mid October, but I caught this one in early November.

After flowering it produces a 3 valved capsule which contains black seeds that look like little chunks of charcoal.

Black-winged Stilts; Huelva

There is a large wetland area near Huelva in SW Andalucia and it supports interesting birds like Greater Flamingo’s and Spoonbills. Today I saw both  of these birds but not that many and fairly distant. However there were hundreds, possibly thousands of Black-winged Stilts and quite close.


I remember when two of these nested in Norfolk at Holme nature reserve and the queues of bird’os waiting to see them nearly reached to Hunstanton.


The Serin is a  little finch, it is quite common in southern Spain but does not often make it up to the U.K.

The male has quite a yellow breast, where as the female is just stripey.

A good ID  characteristic is the very short stubby bill.