More rain in Andalucía encourages the ducks’ return

February 8 found us back in Andalucía, with sparkling winter sun but an icy northerly wind. As usual on the first full day, we headed for Fuente de Piedra in the afternoon. On our approach from the village our first sighting of the lagoon produced disappointment because the main lagoon appeared dryer than when last … More More rain in Andalucía encourages the ducks’ return

Rain rain come again – a plea answered (to an extent) in Andalucía

After a prolonged drought, a deluge soaked southern Andalucía on 2-4 December 2016, in Malaga leading a bus to take on the appearance a sinking boat! For farmers and wildlife, however, this rain has been welcome. I arrived on 8 December and in the evening paid my first visit to Laguna Fuente de Piedra. I … More Rain rain come again – a plea answered (to an extent) in Andalucía

More good food in Andalucía – Venta Las Delicias in Rosario

Cities, towns and villages in Andalucía abound with restaurants and tapas bars, providing a huge variety of dishes and prices. While many genres of food are available, including Chinese, Italian and Indian, tapas bars tend to have similar ranges of local foods, based especially on seafoods and pork, salads and olives. During my days as … More More good food in Andalucía – Venta Las Delicias in Rosario

Only two Flamingos

As readers of my earlier blogs will know, the lagoon at Fuente de Piedra is one of my favourite birdwatching haunts, famed for its large nesting colony of Flamingos that under the right conditions can exceed 20,000 pairs. We visited on 9 October to discover a baked pan of whitish mud with no standing water. … More Only two Flamingos

The plastic coast

The main road eastwards from Órgiva runs along valley sides of the Sierra Nevada foothills through stunning scenery, ranging from the wide gravel valley bottom, doubtless periodically a raging flood but during our visit little more than a dry river bed, to high mountain peaks. The mixture of wooded and scrubby slopes is periodically studded … More The plastic coast