Sunday, 24 May 2015

Spain April 2015- other birds photographed

A selection of other species of bird photographed in Spain, mostly just record shots but nice to see all the same.
Bee Eaters part of a flock of sixty plus birds

Bee Eater a bit distant but you have to try

Black Redstart- common around the hotel

Bonelli's Warbler,watched in the same site daily near the hotel

Booted Eagle-the only one seen

Cuckoo mobbed by a Chaffinch- Cuckoos seen or heard every day.

Lark ,Crested I think

Montagues Harrier-Four seen but always distant

Nightingale-in good voice

Raven-First on the scene before the Vultures and Kites.

Rock Bunting-A first for me

Serin-In the hotel ground but could I get a decent photo?

Probably a Short Toed Treecreeper

Spanish Sparrow-nesting in the bottom of a White Storks nest

Spotless Starling

Stonechat with nesting material

White Stork in flight

White Stork pair at nest

Woodchat Shrike,quite common but couldn't get close
Red Rumped Swallow- Small numbers around the hotel along with Barn Swallows ,House Martins and Crag Martins.

Woodlark,nice to happen upon one of these.

Monday, 18 May 2015


Along with the Vultures at the Campanarios reserve in Salamanca,Spain, were good numbers of Black Kites and a few Red Kites giving brilliant close views from the hide.
Black Kite with food

Black Kite

Black Kite

Black Kite

Black Kites

Five Black Kites waiting their turn

A Red kite comes down to feed

Red Kite

Red Kite

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Spain April 2015- Griffons

The first one down

Getting ready

Waiting to come in

Griffon portrait

Flying in

The feast

Looking good

Eaten to much
 Griffon Vultures, taken at Campanarios reserve , Salamanca. Just a few here .
Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture
Plus one flyby Egyptian Vulture

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Spain April 2015

At last got around to getting some photos of the Spain trip sorted and thought I,d start with some Vultures, one of the highlights of the week was watching and photographing Black and Griffon Vultures at very close quarters ,quite a spectacle as they fed on carcasses in front of the hide.They were joined by lots of Black Kite and a few Red Kite as well as one Egyptian Vulture.
Two Black Vultures waiting to wade in

When the Black Vulture decides to go for the food the Griffons made way.

Black Vulture tucking in

Black Vulture-big birds

Black Vulture

Black Vulture incoming