And here are some other photos that I took this morning. The first shows an extremely rare sight for some people, particularly my friends in the UK, who've not seen it in a while, it is called the Sun! So as not to shock you I've only let it be seen filtered through the leaves of a eucalyptus tree! (Sorry, couldn't resist that one!)
And here are some photos of the local parrots, they're very lively at the moment (actually they are always very lively!) and I noticed two of them were getting very 'fruity' whilst I watched them.....obviously realised that today was St Valentines Day!!!!
These parrots are, as far as I'm aware, one of only two types of parrot species that are 'natural' to Europe, 'natural' in that they were first introduced 'by accident' more than 100 years ago and have stayed! I guess they must have liked the temperature here on the coast!! People seem to just refer to them as Green Parrots, but they are in fact Monks Parakeets, also known as the Quaker Parrot, (Myiopsitta monachus). The other species seen locally are the Rose-Ringed Parakeet. Some people complain that they're noisy and are a nuisance, but I have to say that I love them, I think it's just wonderful to see flocks of them flying above our heads, a mass of green feathers....and quite honestly, what is a bit of parrot poop on the washing now and again!!!
This is about the closest 'close-up' I could get with my lens, the bird is probably more than 40 feet up the tree (I'm no good with estimating distances but these are pretty tall trees!) Look at his lovely soft looking tummy!
This is to give you an idea of how big their nests are, they seem to all live together in large colonies.
This last photo isn't mine but I thought I'd show you how beautiful these little parrots look in flight!!