Tuesday, 23 August 2016

El Faro, Fuengirola, Malaga Province.

A couple of hours on the rocks.

I Parked and walked along the coastal walk way to the hide on the side of the main coastal dual carrageway, it is not a pleasant walk with the masses of summer traffic but I did find the first waders which included 3x Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), 2x Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), 1x Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus) as well as 1x Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), 3x Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and a single adult Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii).
Whilst I was in the hide I had just a single Balearic Shearwater (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus) which was heading west and a couple of adult Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) both going east. There was also a small pod of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) but they soon moved of as they were continually chased by two motorboats. 
As I came out of the hide there was a group of ladies working there way along the beach collecting all the garbage left behind by the lazy holiday makes so I dropped down and sat on a rock and waited for them to pass by and then waited again for them to flush the waders back down towards me. This worked a treat except that they all dropped in nice and close but behind a ridge and out of sight, I remained seated and waited for a while and eventually they started to move around and come to my side of the rocks but just as the Whimbrel was about to climb over the top the Police helicopter flew along the coast and flushed every thing off. I sat for a while longer but when one of the fire planes started to practice just off the beach I gave up and went for a quick look on the river in Fuengirola.
On the river I added Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor). 

Photographs from the top: 2x Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus), 2x Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), 3x Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), a very distant Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and the Fire Plane doing some training.

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