It may be Valentine's Day and love may be in the air but there was no Franklin's Gull on the fenced-off beach just outside the harbour entrance at Caleta de Velez, slightly east of Torre del Mar. I got a phone call from Jenny just after 5pm that she was looking at a Great Crested Grebe close to shore so drove down to both collect her and brother-in-law, Chris and check out the increasing roost on the beach and sea. Just a single Little Egret but no shortage of gulls, mainly Yellow-legged and Black-headed but also a good number of both Mediterranean and Lesser Black-backed, the latter mainly on the water. No sign of the Grebe but I did find a couple of Razorbills and in a perfect location for a picture with the sun behind me - but no camera! Finally, a regular passage of single Cormorants whilst the noisy marauding Monk Parakeets screeched away behind me.
|Mediterranean Gull Larus melancocephalis (left) and Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus (right) showing difference in head markings - both coluring and shape
Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret. Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Razorbill, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet.
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