One of the nice things about having a balcony overlooking Symi harbour and the sea is that you always have something to watch. Even these days when there are no day boats, small yachts or cruise ships coming in and out, there are still others to view. The coastguard and patrols, small fishing boats, the ferries from three companies that continue to bring us supplies and offer a link to the medical centres in Rhodes, and the cargo boats that come into the new harbour to deliver… whatever it is they deliver. Then there’s also the changing sea and sky, the mist and the coast of Turkey.
Meanwhile, also in the view, we currently find swallows and martens (I think) and swallows with long thin tails – are they swifts? I can never remember. Wide-winged seagulls follow the fishing boats or sit and bob on the sea, the collared doves coo from the telegraph pole, and we’ve even got a kestrel family nearby. Recently, we had a hooded crow causing a territorial fuss with the collared doves in the tree next door but one, and I think the doves won the battle as I’ve not seen the crow for a while. Ravens wheel about over the windmills where you can occasionally see eagles and the pigeons rise up in swaths to circle the harbour and land on the clocktower, reminding me of the car from Whacky Races. (That was the Gruesome Twosome, and it was bats that flapped around the tower, but… whatever.) Talking of bats, we sometimes catch a glimpse of them in the early light, as we do the owls.
So, I may be spending more time than usual gazing from the balcony, and times are quiet right now, but there’s still plenty to see.
Even very early in the morning, there’s something going on out there.
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