Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Months Fly By ... So Do The Birds !!!!

Once again, the seasons have changed and we have been able to get out to our beloved Tarifa. The town was fairly quiet this Spring and the weather rather fickle. We had everything from nice steady on shore Poniente winds, right up to 'sandburn on the back of your legs' monster off shore Levante winds and a few calm days in between for Jan to work on her tan!

Still, we got about a bit and had a really chilled time and I even got out on the water just to prove I can still kite! I also had the privilege of launching (and landing) one of the Tarifean airforce down at Valdevaqueros/Las Dunas - he was one of only two kites out in a Force 8 off shore on a tiny 5mtr kite. Balls of steel, brain of rock!!!!

We also saw a amazing early morning gathering of massive birds of prey in the hills on the way to Bolonia. We stopped and watched for 20 minutes as each waited for the right moment to spread out 6 feet of beautifil brown wings to lift up effortlessly - right in front of us, so close we felt we had to duck down as they cleared the ridge and headed up into the early breeze!

Anyway, must dash - here are a few piccies - Jan wasn't as mobile as usual (her repalcement knee operation was looming), but she got some great shots from close range - including a kitchen sink literally 'in transit'. Enjoy ...