Friday, 30 September 2011
Short-toed Eagles (and other migrants) have literally been stacking up, unable to cross The Strait of Gibraltar due to the force of the continuous easterly winds from the Mediterranean called the Levante or Levanter
Here are some of the photos taken during the last two days.
With the weather set to change there will be an exodus across The Strait of mainly Short-toed and Booted Eagles very soon.
It appears that this bird sustained shotgun damages to its right wing
Over the parched terrain
Perched birds, waiting, hunting and preeening those important flight feathers
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Some of the rarest birds can be found across on the western side of Cadiz province. These include White-headed Duck, Marbled Teal, Slender-billed Gull, Black Stork & Osprey (autumn to spring), as well as lots more great birds, especially as the migration continues
Northern Wheatear juv
Short-toed Eagle. I put up this side view or profile shot of the great bird to show how you can ID it from a great distance. Unlike Common Buzzards, Booted Eagles and Black Kites the Short-toed has a very distinct angled pose when perched on top of an electricity pylon or other post. They do favour electricity pylons though! This 45o perch-angle, you could call it, is what you should be looking for on a day without too much wind. The legs show in the centre, right in the middle of the body length of this bird and not towards the rear or tail in other raptors. The stronger the wind the less likelyhood to find them like this and sometimes they perch in strong winds like Ospreys...
A young Osprey passes by at the Bonanza Salinas (salt-pans)
Sheltering from the wind a Lesser Emperor
Booted Eagle, light form
Booted Eagle dark/intermediate form
Marsh Harrier male
another younger male Marsh
Ruff (top left) with Redshanks
Curlew Sandpiper juv
Black Storks and Eurasian Spoonbills
Caspian Terns, part of a flock of 22 birds!
There's one Black-headed Gull in shot (left) for comparison
Look behind the Pied Avocets and notice the rosy glow to the Slender-billed Gulls in their Spring breeding plumage, compared to the first shot taken yesterday
Slender-billed Gulls in breeding plumage in March