Gannets return to the Strait of Gibraltar during September and October. Juvenile birds are most obvious at first and are the ones which migrate furthest, reaching down to tropical West Africa.
Large shoal of Grey Mullet off Gibraltar today (above).
These birds will now remain with us until the spring and many will linger on through their first summer. It is only as they get older, and their plumage progressively whiter (below) that the urge to migrate north in the spring gets stronger.
So here are a few more images of these amazingly "painted" birds, which appear drab and brown at distance but which reveal beauty at close quarters - don't you think so too?