Having lived here for over five years we´ve encountered many critters and easily recognise the most “famous” ones. But sometimes when a mystery visitor appears, the first reaction is “does it bite?”Run for your life.Stay still and don´t move.Get out of the way but observe closely.Sat outside last night minding our own business, we were … Continue reading The figeater beetle
Has anyone ever been stalked by a sparrow before? It could only happen to me, this little tinker knows nothing about the pecking order and stole my tapas.
Running away with me. Last night’s sunset, find the laughing dolphin.. Today’s visitor. Not my imagination.
There we were sat outside the front of the house in the shade, but we were not alone. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed something the size of a cat running about, except there are no cats round here. So what was this “thing?” On closer inspection it turned out to be … Continue reading The Ferret Farce
He’s called Larry and has moved inside outside our house. Bless him, he’s just 2 inches long, and ventures out every night around 11pm. Here he his emerging from his sun apartment beyond 11pm… There’s all sorts of traditional Spanish adornments on the outside of our house, so this is his own "town house" on … Continue reading We Have A House Guest
For years now Brits have asked the question: “Where have all the sparrows gone?” They’ve slowly dwindled in numbers to the point whereby they’re rare to see. Well I’ve discovered the answer, they’ve all set up residency here. Yes, they’re everywhere and tame too! Must be the sun… So while we were out the other … Continue reading Savvy Sparrows
Look what met us as we walked down our road today: A horseshoe whip snake… Must’ve wandered outside it’s comfort zone from one of the many valleys nearby. Thing is, we’d walked through one of them earlier, neatly manicured with a nature trail, it’s a shortcut we might think twice about using in future…! Here’s … Continue reading Snake Alert
Dave noticed two HUGE carp basking in the sun yesterday. So we took some photos, most of which were useless because the camera screen was also basking in the sun. And being as we were stood on a pier, it was best not to start searching for better angles of trajectory. In other words it … Continue reading Monsters from the Deep
So we’ll call him Hector: Here he is sporting a spectacular balancing act on a boat’s back bumper… “Look, I can even stand on one leg too…” Now the thing is, heron’s aren’t supposed to like boats or marinas, but occasionally the odd brave one stops by for a good old nosy. Notice that he … Continue reading Must be Harry The Heron’s cousin
In the early hours of the evening, after the spectacular thunderstorm yesterday we set off for a pumpout. There’s two stations here at Mercia, and the one that’s most convenient was occupied by another widebeam. So we did a 180 turn and stopped off at the other one. Bow thruster required, there was quite a … Continue reading The attractive pumpout station