|Just before 6.30am and a Purple Heron appears on the edge of the pool.|
|Moving slowly towards us with eyes fixed on its prey suddenly it strikes trapping a young Eel in its bill.|
|The Eel wraps itself around the heron’s bill in a bid to escape.|
|Reappearing from behind the rushes the Purple Heron minus Eel walks back into view.
What a great start to a couple of weeks in Mallorca. It’s not often we manage to find a hotel that backs onto a nature reserve however the location of the PortBlue Club Pollentia is superb. Surrounded by the S’Albufereta on the outskirts of Puerto Pollensa the hotel even has its own bird hide!
|Plenty of Spotted Flycatchers around. A shame they’re become so uncommon back home.|
|Happy to perch on any available post or in this case fenceline it’s surprising just how common they are in Mallorca. Almost every group of Cypress tree seems to have a resident Flycatcher.|
|Just around the corner from the hotel a small area of woodland is home to at least 1 pair of Hoopoes. For such a large showy bird its amazing how shy they can be. Trying to photograph one in flight proved to be a bit too much of a challenge. In fact, sneaking up on one feeding on the woodland floor was difficult enough.
A link to an incredible video of Hoopoes……………..One day !
|Scabious growing on the edge of the marsh.|
|A Painted Lady basking in the early morning sunshine.|