After a long night of catch up sleep and a lazy morning, Clare and I drove Eddie and Ann to Malaga airport for their early afternoon flight. Then we decided to visit the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve, but getting from the airport to the dormitory suburb of Guadalmar to park on the sea front and start our stroll turned out to be more frustratingly difficult than we´d imagined. We went around in circles, to and from the airport approach road, criss crossing the vast commercial and industrial estates adjacent to the motorways, unable to find the sign that would take us to the minor road we needed. Yet, approaching the airport from the Feungirola side, I found it easy enough to spot the relevant motorway exit slip-road on my previous visit. Third time lucky, we ended up where we wanted to, and made it through the urbanizacion down to the sea front to park.
We did little more than walk along the riverside path inland, listening and looking out for birds as we strolled in the sun for as long as we could cope, as by now we were getting hungry. There were lots of swifts in the air and somewhat fewer swallows. On the foreshore an egret was feeding, and posed for a series of photos before taking to the wing when a couple of cormorants did a fly-past.