Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Huétor Fields and from the terrace, Granada Province.

Raptor migration at close hand.

I dropped the car off down in Huétor at the garage and walked back to the house across the fields but I did not see very much but just as I approched the house I saw a very nice Honey Buzzard (Aberjero Europeo / Pernis apivorus) sat on a wire on the opposite side of the road which I got a couple of shots of before he lifted off and started to search for a thermal. 
With in a couple of minutes several more birds started to lift so I rushed through the house and out on to the terrace where I had a couple of birds come in quite close giving nice views. In all around 50 birds had come up out of the olives and then drifted off South West towards Loja.
Later in the day Jayne and I went up to see our friends Lesley and Allan who were over from the UK and whilst we were chatting and having a drink or three 8 or 9 Black Kites (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans) were ending their days flying and dropped down in to the Olives a couple of hundred meters away.
Photographs: Honey Buzzards (Aberjero Europeo / Pernis apivorus).

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