Before I continue packing my gear in preparation to head off very early tomorrow to Lake Neusiedl in Austria (again), I thought I'd share this beauty from the start of the southerly avian migration on The Strait of Gibraltar.
I had a great day out birding with two lovely novice birders from Genoa in Italy yesterday. After a 'Roller' of a morning morning punctuated with Booted and Short-toed Eagles as well as quite a few good views of Egyptian Vulture passage above Tarifa, we took a look at the rice-fields of La Janda where upon I noticed a pack of young Marsh Harriers mobbing something large on the edge one of the adjacent sunflower fields. Just as we approached we saw this magnificent juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagle lift off the ground, still being pestered by the harriers and fly around our heads. What an incredible sight. Fortunately I managed to capture quite a few shots as it drifted off, putting up Purple and Squacco Herons, White Storks, Cattle and Little Egrets as well as some Glossy Ibis as it passed over the paddies. One of the rarest eagles in the World and alway an impressive sight to witness. The hairs on the back of my head stood up in salute!
No rings (bands), satellite or radio pack
I'm leading a tour to Lake Neusiedl for Limosa Holidays and The Travelling Naturalist and hopefully I can post some news from Austria and Hungary about the southerly migration in central-eastern Europe, some 3,000 kms away from The Strait and my home.
Happy Birding to one and all, Stephen