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.

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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.

Serins

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.