Unsurprisingly the first birds we saw were Feral Pigeons, Common Starlings and Yellow-legged Gulls. However it wasn't long at all before we came across the first of many Monk Parakeets - these noisy guys are in pretty much every tree in Barcelona, even on the busiest roads.
|Monk Parakeets in Park Güell.|
|Monk Parakeet in Parc de la Ciutadella. This one and several of its associates were wearing little neck tags which I think are part of a project studying the dispersal of Monk Parakeets.|
I read somewhere that there are 6 species of parakeet in Barcelona, all feral populations - I managed to find 3, as well as the Monk Parakeets we also saw some Rose-ringed on La Rambla, and a good-sized flock of Red-masked Parakeets in Parc de la Ciutadella which was a new species for me.
|Parc de la Ciutadella, near to where we saw a flock of Red-masked Parakeets in a large coniferous tree.|
|Spot the Black Redstart!|
|Park Güell monumental zone.|
|View over Barcelona from high up in Park Güell.|
|My first Crested Tits were in this tree :o)|
|'Owl' by Desmond Morris, an anniversary gift from Chris!|
Later on in the book was a large section about Picasso's works featuring owls, which was also fortuitously timed to coincide with our visit to Museu Picasso. I vaguely remembered from A-level art, my art foundation course and previous visit to Barcelona with said course that Picasso had depicted owls but had since kind of forgotten about it so these images filled me with the joy of rediscovery, as well as the joy of just seeing pictures of owls!
|Pablo Picasso - Still life with owl and three urchins (1946).|
|Pablo Picasso - Owl in an interior (1946).|
|Pablo Picasso - The pigeons (1957).|
Picasso's work is so varied, I think there is something for everybody :o)