Our first outing of the year took place on Saturday 19th January at Harding's Observation Post, Europa Point.
Despite the forecast, the rain held off for the most part but the dark clouds and offshore breeze were not conducive to a great afternoon's birding.
By this time of the year (June) many plant species on the Rock are already going to seed and everything seems to be drying up, but there are still some interesting plants which are fully in bloom. A number of these can be found along Inglis Way, and some only here and nowhere else in the Upper Rock.
It was a glorious day as we set off towards La Janda a convoy of 4 cars with 12 eager birders and hopeful photographers.
First stop was breakfast at the convenient last stop Apollo X1 Venta before the huge expanse of flooded rice fields and ditches that was our destination.
The Seabird Outing to Europa Point was very enjoyable, with over 20 people in attendance throughout the afternoon, including some avid photographers, among which were John Sanchez and Albert Yome who led the outing, and Tommy Finlayson, Jason Mesilio, Shane Shacaluga and Trevor Hammond; all kitted out with their telephoto lenses at the ready.
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