Rain. Torrential rain. Very wet rain. All morning. So we gave up and went for an Italian breakfast. My second breakfast. Cappuccino and brioche alla crema.
When we eventually got to the reserve, when it was raining slightly less, we discovered that the quantity of water fallen on the mountains had created a huge gushing waterfall and river below, heading down to the sea. Where the water passed over the road it was at least a foot deep, and where the water entered the sea it was a brown-beige colour instead of blue.
Today I did something that I don’t think is ever done in Italy. I grabbed myself a refuse sack and walked along collecting rubbish. Plastic, glass, metal, polystyrene. Whole bottles, electric wiring, gun cartridges, hair bobbles, and cigarette butts. All potentially harmful to the environment and wildlife. Whether by way of ingesting or injuring. Birds eat cigarette butts. Any mammal could tread on broken glass. Plastic bags end up in the sea and are eaten by turtles, dolphins and whales. Even a biodegradable bag or balloon takes months to biodegrade. Imagine that filling your tummy for months..
I just watched a kestrel mobbing a Bonelli’s eagle. The kestrel was minuscule in comparison.
The Bonelli has been hanging stationery in the sky for hours. Like somebody stuck him to the ceiling.
Walking around the reserve today I have found much seaweed. Lifted from beach or sea in a storm? Then deposited over the olive groves?
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