All through the night nothing but rain which seemed to alternate between heavy and very heavy! But come Saturday morning and, having overslept so that I was eating breakfast in the hotel rather than down at the Faro (lighthouse) the sea looked almost calm and there was even a hint of brightness in the western sky. So, everything in the car, including camera, and off down the coastal A7 to said lighthouse. But then, passing the castle at the western end of Fuengirola and hitting the end of town reminded me that , not only was my hotel in Las Boliches at the eastern end of the town, but that the resort itself is in a bay. What confronted me on the left as I came off just past the lighthouse, crossed the motorway and parked outside the restaurant at the bottom of the slip road, was the raging sea with waves crashing in onto to the shore and very dark clouds over the water. Oh dear, what have I done!
On the other hand the rain had stopped and, on land, it was not as windy as the waves might suggest. So passing the local SEO chaps who were almost finished with their monthly sea passage count, it being the first Saturday of the month, I pressed on and settled in at the hide below the lighthouse. By settled in I mean sitting on the bench at the back of the shelter with the scope suitably adjusted. What a sight, tyring to pick out any bird in the dull light and crashing, deep waves.
|Northern Gannet Alcatraz Atlantico Morus bassanus (Internet Photo)
|Great Skua Pagalo Grande Stercoranius skua (Internet Photo)
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