Tuesday, 9 October 2018

El Faro, Fuengirola, Malaga Province.

The best sea watching I have had so far in Spain.

Sooty Shearwater (Pardela Sombría / Puffinus griseus).
Jayne went into the Miramar shopping centre and I went just down the road to the hide on the cliff tops at El Faro where it was blowing a gale which meant the birds were coming past quite close in to shore.
Sooty Shearwater (Pardela Sombría / Puffinus griseus).
I sat, tightly squeezed in to the Eastern end of the hide just about staying out of the high winds and during the three hours I was there I managed to see 1x Sooty Shearwater (Pardela Sombría / Puffinus griseus) which was a Spanish Lifer as well as 1500+ Scopoli's / Cory's Shearwater (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris diomedea / borealis) and 300+ Balearic Shearwater (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus), 1x Pomarine (Págalo Pomarino / Stercorarius pomarinus) and 11x Great Skuas (Págalo Grande / Stercorarius skua), 400+ Northern Gannets (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), 5x Sandwich Terns (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), 3x Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) and all the usual Gulls.
Sooty Shearwater (Pardela Sombría / Puffinus griseus).
Other species seen on the rocks below the hide I also saw Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) and a Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Sooty Shearwater (Pardela Sombría / Puffinus griseus).
The best sea watching section I have had since arriving in Spain. 

Sooty Shearwater (Pardela Sombría / Puffinus griseus).
Scopoli's / Cory's Shearwater (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris diomedea / borealis).
Scopoli's / Cory's Shearwater (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris diomedea / borealis).
Scopoli's / Cory's Shearwater (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris diomedea / borealis).

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