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Another pic from Bruv's solarium. Unfortunately the sunsets were spoiled by the cloud over the mountains and as per sod's law the best one was when we were on the plane leaving!!!

See previous. All were waiting to tee off at the tenth when they called me from my buggy to snap this bird which I'd never seen before! It was untroubled by the golfers and I got to within a few feet of it. It was still digging away when we departed! The Hoopoe is widespread in Europe, Asia and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar and most European and North Asian birds migrate to the tropics in winter. Apparently the Hoopoe was chosen as Israel's national bird in 2008 following a national poll and was considered sacred in Ancient Egypt. It is also the state-bird of the Punjab province of India and it was seen as a symbol of virtue in Persia! Not a lot of people know that!!! The Hoopoe diet consists mainly of insects and it is a solitary forager which typically feeds on the ground. It probes the ground with the full length of the bill and the muscles of the head allows the bill to be opened when it is inserted in the ground which it was busy doing when I got my pics!!!

One of the many golf courses in the area where I was amused to witness the "Casa Dooz Challenge", bruv Andy & his mate Doug versus bruvs John & Jamie! Doug turned out to be a "dark horse" and as a result carried Andy to victory much to the disgust of J & J!!! Me, I just photographed the wildlife!!!

The morning sky from the solarium of my bruv's retirement home in Spain.

......and apparently "Ribeiro Frio" means "Cold Water"!!!

Photo taken from Bedford RFC situated opposite where my brother John held his 50th birthday do.

Most delightful....Geoff..../...It may be something in the atmosphere of these islands...but all sunrises seem to have that amber/brownish tint....regardless of the time.....which of course adds to the ambience.....Dj.

Yeah, Dave, the excellent guide on our "Eastern Delights" trip pointed that out on our way back from our last stop in Machico. Great use of space. Cheers GL.

'Twas very smart but the only problem was that Funchal not in walking distance and it would have been nice to have a spin around the place after the evening nosh. You can't see from Google Earth but to get up to Canico you would need full climbing gear and oxygen, it was that steep a climb!!! GL.

Gotcha' on all the pics....Geoff...most scrumptious....all looks good...Cheers from Dj.


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