Today was the day of the Alpine Swifts...
Have a look at the pictures and the complete list of birds observed below!!!
I read something about an outbreak of fire in the Sierra de Almorchon this week and was a little bit worried about one of my favourite birding patches. So I decided to have a look the way I like: getting there before dawn!
I took the way to the cliffs and the day broke when I was in front of the Gaitanejo Gorge. I could only hear some Blackbirds and some strange noises coming from the Gaitanejo reservoir. A few gusts of very hot wind coming from the south soon fuelled the songs of millions of cicadas.
Little birds did not pose for me today. Despite I heard the calls of Sardinian and Dartford Warblers, they never came close to me and the Black Wheatears and Blue Rock Thrushes thought they were not still ready for pictures.
I saw the silhouettes of the Bonelli’s Eagles flying close to the gorge and soon after that, the Golden Eagle soared at the very top of the sierra, but only the Egyptian Vulture made me take a far from decent picture.
The breeze at the top of the cliffs was perfect for the vultures to slowly fly before I arrived and then for the Alpine Swifts which kept me very entertained for a long time.
Some more flights by the Golden Eagle at the top and a fierce persecution of a poor vulture by the Bonelli’s before I came back.
How many times have you had the feeling that birds were waiting you to leave to fly above the place...?
Complete list of birds observed:
|1||Alpine Swift||Apus melba|
|2||Black Redstart||Phoenicurus ochruros|
|3||Black Wheatear||Oenanthe leucura|
|5||Blue Rock Thrush||Monticola solitarius|
|6||Bonelli’s Eagle||Aquila fasciata|
|9||Crag Martin||Ptyonoprogne rupestris|
|10||Dartford Warbler||Sylvia undata|
|11||Egyptian Vulture||Neophron percnopterus|
|12||Golden Eagle||Aquila chrysaetos|
|14||Griffon Vulture||Gyps fulvus|
|15||House Martin||Delichon urbicum|
|17||Long-tailed Tit||Aegithalos caudatus|
|18||Rock Bunting||Emberiza cia|
|19||Rock Dove||Columba livia|
|20||Sardinian Warbler||Sylvia melanocephala|
|21||Spotless Starling||Sturnus unicolor|
|22||Wood Pigeon||Columba palumbus|
- Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica) Spanish Ibex (Capra pyrenaica)
- Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
- Mediterranean Mezereon (Daphne gnidium) Mediterranean Mezereon (Daphne gnidium)
- Alpine Swift (Apus melba) Alpine Swift (Apus melba)
- Alpine Swifts (Apus melba) Alpine Swifts (Apus melba)
- Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)
- Rock Buntings (Emberiza cia) Rock Buntings (Emberiza cia)