Saturday, 22 December 2012

Rincon del la Victoria, Malaga Province.

A walk along the Prom.

Jayne, Alan and I headed down to the coast and stopped in Rincon where we first had a look in a Patchwork shop where Jayne was hoping to get a cutting board for her work. After this we started to walk West long the promenade, towards the western end of the walk we went round the coastal paths rather than going through the tunnels. At sea around here I saw Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), several Northern Gannets (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis). Up on the rocks Black Redstarts (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) were very common and only out numbered by Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita) in the bushes and Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) in the air over the apartment blocks. Several species of wildflower were also in bloom on the rocks amongst all the rubbish and crap left behind by past visitors, this walk is a great way to see this area and Rincon is a smashing place but is let down by this sight. I do not get why people come to a beautiful area and ruin it by leaving their litter behind and spoiling it for future visitors. Anyway after a little moan the Wildflowers were Wild-leaved Iris (Iris planifolia), Sand Reichardia (Reichardia Gaditana), Sea Daisy (Asteriscus maritimus), Mallow-leaved Bindweed (Convolvulus althaeoides) and Sea Alyssum (Lobularia maritima). We reached the river bed near the large concrete works which stands right on the coast, here there were several Serins (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Linnets (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) and a group of Crested Larks (Cogujada / Galerida cristata). At this point we turned around and started to walk back towards the car stoppin for a bit of lunch on the way.
Photographs from the top: Jayne and Alan on Rincon sea front, Purple Bugloss (Echium plantagineum), Sand Reichardia (Reichardia Gaditana), Rubbish on the cliffs, Withania frutescens and Mallow-leaved Bindweed (Convolvulus althaeoides).

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