The Rio Velez still has not broken through to the sea. The river mouth has been blocked by a sand bar for over a year now and unless we get a lot of rain in the next month or two, which is unlikely, it will stay closed off for another year. This is bad news as it needs flushing out and opening up to clean water and fresh marine life to enter from the sea. Then maybe waders and other birds might return. I'm not holding my breath.
I did spend a happy hour watching a solitary Sandwich Tern fishing in the pool behind the beach, catching an occasional fish. The shot above is a mystery though. I snapped this dive through some tall grasses, but the photo clearly shows the bird to be in front of some of the grass. What? I really don't understand it. The tall reeds look very close and the bird quite distant, but there it is, bird in front of reeds! No photoshop trickery here, I don't know how it happened. Possibly the long lens magnifies the tall grass which is further away than it appears, but that's not how I remember it.
I decided it was time to capture an image or two of Black headed Gulls. They were swimming on the sea quite close to the shore and it's not really one of those birds that one normally photographs, too common so they get overlooked. Well here it is for the record.
Another common species but he's quite a handsome male Black Redstart, so I'll put his picture on too.
Retired seafarer living in Frigiliana, a white village in Malaga Province in southern Spain. Married to Elena. Keen bird and wildlife watchers.
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