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Hi there :)

It is one of the broomrapes.... Strange looking semi parasitic plants They tap in to the root systems of their host plants.... Each one has a specific plant so a good way to identify them is to also see what is growing close to them..
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flowers, shrubs and grasses etc / Need Help to Identify Please
« Last post by don_pedro on April 20, 2018, 15:36 PM »
Hi everybody

Need some help to identify this strange looking plant please
I'm not sure if it's Plant or Fungi

Thanks
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Flowering plants – June in the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalusia

During late May and into June temperatures start to rise as springtime turns quickly to summer. Road side verges are full of flowering plants in all colours and cereal fields turn bright red with poppies and yellow with false fennel. As the weeks progress, spring blooms will be turning to seed and the golden browns … Continue reading Flowering plants – June in the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalusia
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Spanish language nature websites and blogs / Silencio
« Last post by Clive on April 14, 2018, 11:55 AM »
Silencio

Puestos a escribir, escribamos algo, mas de he de ser cauto al hacerlo pues si plasmara lo que en estos momentos me ronda la cabeza… Algo sucede y no sabemos de qué se trata, no se oye nada, en apenas … Seguir leyendo
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Birdlife in Iberia / Re: Rosy-faced Lovebirds?
« Last post by Pedro Benissa on March 24, 2018, 15:12 PM »
Yes, thanks Clive, that was our assumption too. Pretty little things they are, quite tame too, you can get quite close to them. Thanks for the reply!
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Birdlife in Iberia / Re: Rosy-faced Lovebirds?
« Last post by Clive on March 24, 2018, 14:59 PM »
Escapes I would suppose from pet shops and house pets that have managed to breed and survive... Much like the monks parakeets that are pretty much all along the coast from Gibraltar to barecelona now.... :)
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Birdlife in Iberia / Re: What Eagle/Vulture?
« Last post by Clive on March 24, 2018, 14:56 PM »
Hi Pedro and welcome to the forum..... :)

I am 99 percent sure that the bird described in the original post is a golden eagle..... Never can be sure without a good image but a process of eliminiation rules out every other raptor...
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Birdlife in Iberia / Rosy-faced Lovebirds?
« Last post by Pedro Benissa on March 24, 2018, 10:14 AM »
Hi again! We've tried to attract local attractive birds by putting out food for them in coconut shells and for last 2 years have only attracted sparra's that like to bicker & fight each other over them! Imagine our joy just before Xmas just gone when this little character appeared. After a few days another one appeared, with darker more defined colours which I presume to be an older possibly parent bird. Eventually we had FOUR on a feeder we encouraged them onto, 2 parent & 2 younger birds. Now they're back to one of each I presume the other 2 are nesting eggs. I remember my Father used to have them visit regularly 8 or 9 years ago before he passed, but not seen them since.  Lovely to see them & hear their chirpy cheep so close outside our window, quite delightful! Cheers!

Ps. I'm new so don't know if I can post photos or small videos of them to share? Would someone please kindly advise me how? Many thanks.
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Birdlife in Iberia / Re: What Eagle/Vulture?
« Last post by Pedro Benissa on March 24, 2018, 09:52 AM »
Hi again. I think Paul (original poster) found the right conclusion himself. I've further studied his own added page on Golden Eagles and the pictures do look extremely like the one I saw. I said to my partner Joan, I "think" it had fingers, although she didn't totally agree, but I'm happy that was the very bird. That would explain it's HUGE size. To spot it as far away as I did in the first instance, and then with it passing overhead much closer up, it was wonderful to see albeit very, very briefly. I presume they are territorial so if back walking that way again iI may be spotted again. For your own info, it was slightly West of the Font de la Mata area, walking the start of the Riberers Route from Benissa to Gata. Many thanks, sorry if I've dragged on! Cheers!
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Birdlife in Iberia / Re: What Eagle/Vulture?
« Last post by Pedro Benissa on March 23, 2018, 23:54 PM »
Hi there, new member. I myself saw this very bird yesterday whilst out walking and finding hard to name it. It was a BIG bird, dark wings with a quite large obvious round white circle under each wing. I'd seen it at distance which is why I know it to be large, but 10 mins later briefly saw it overhead when circles or diamonds were noticed. I was in the Benissa area walking alongside the AP-7 Highway, has anyone else found or spotted this large raptor? Cheers.
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