During a trip to Pedro Bernardo for the Nordic Paragliding Open 2014 I had the opportunity to visit a few bird sites on the way, not least the Hoces del Rio Duratón and Monfrague, in Castilla y Leon and Extremadura, respectively.
Both sites are fantastic for Griffon Vultures, but the Hoces del Rio Duratón holds specials such as Duponts Lark as well. Monfrague is famous for just about any large raptor in the Iberian Peninsula.
The Spanish population of Griffon Vultures has rebounded like crazy during the 20 years I have been travelling to Spain. For the first few years, even seeing one was a major event; now they can be found everywhere in the open country, and the good breeding spots have literally hundreds of pairs crammed together. During the same time, and likely for the same reasons, birds like the Booted Eagles and the Bonelli’s Eagles, as well as the Snake Eagles, have rebounded well too. These birds adapt well to life in the human-defined environment as long as they aren’t poisoned or shot.
As a casual visitor with poor pre-planning I was happy to just get the opportunity to shoot some Griffon close-ups. I would have liked to have had much more “exotic” species to display, but that will have to wait until some other time. In the mean time, some of the Griffons are rather nice.
[Edit Sept. 4th – I have added a couple of blue rock-thrush images to this blog]
Remember to click on the images to see them in large versions. I like to hit f11 as well when viewing photography on the web, maybe
try that too…
- Aperture: ƒ/6.3
- Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
- Focal length: 700mm
- ISO: 400
- Shutter speed: 1/320s