This morning we drove to Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata hoping to see the flamingos and other birds. We parked at the viewing spot just before San Miguel. It was a hazy morning and the light was almost monochrome looking into it towards the Cabo.
We saw some flamingos wading beneath the misty mountains of the Parque Natural.
We think these are little plovers on the shore of the flats. We did not have binoculars or a very powerful telephoto lens and the light was not clear so it was difficult to identify the birds.
As the haze cleared the mountains formed dramatic shapes behind the flats.
Towards the Cabo the tower of La Iglesia de Las Salinas is always a prominent landmark here.
After our walk by the flats we went down to the beach at San Miguel de Cabo de Gata to look at the boats. The sun was high by now and the light and colours sharp.
We love the lines of some of the older boats such as this one.
Men were busy working on their boats on the beach ..
.. and by the fishermen’s shacks behind the beach.
There is no harbour here and even the larger boats are moored up on the beach.
Around the ramshackle fishermen’s shacks behind the beach are jumbles of nets, ropes, buoys and various types of chairs and junk which add to the image of San Miguel.
We then drove towards the Faro de Cabo de Gata and stopped at the iconic church, La Iglesia de Las Salinas.
This church was restored a few years ago and always makes a good picture with boats and beach in the foreground.
Eventually we arrived at the Faro de Cabo de Gata. This is the south eastern corner of Spain and there was the usual crowd of visitors admiring the views and looking down to the menacing rocks, Las Sirenas.
We left the visitors to scramble down a track to a rocky cove from where there is an excellent view of the lighthouse and headland.
We scrambled over the rocks around the corner and found a hidden, sandy cove were we stripped off and enjoyed an unexpected swim.
We were accompanied as usual by Daisy who likes to get herself in a photo.
From sea level Las Sirenas looked dramatic into the sunlight with the sea sparkling around.
When we got back to the original cove a young girl swam out to a rock and posed herself as La Sirena against Las Sirenas.
On the way back home to Las Negras we stopped at La Isleta del Moro and took this photo of the village. We could add more photos and text but we think this is enough for one day!