Sunday, 17 May 2015

Tarifa Spring Migration

Tuesday 25 April to Tuesday 5th May Tarifa Spain

I can't believe we have been back in the UK over a week already.  Here is a small gallery of photos from our trip.  I am hoping to post a trip report before we go the Pyrenees on the 28th of this month. 

White Stork arriving from Africa

More Stork

Egyptian Vulture

 Short-toed Eagle

 Northern Bald Ibis

and with a chick

Northern Bald Ibis

.......... and again

.............. and just one more. 

3 Northern Bald Ibis nests on one ledge
Most of the nests we saw had chicks 

 Cattle Egret

 Cattle Egret 

 Corn Bunting

Tawny Owl Chick taken at 10 O'clock with no camera flash. 
Two chicks were being fed by the adults in the trees around our cabin every night.

 Tawny Owl 

 It wasn't all birding - we were lucky enough to see Pilot Whales in the Straits of Gibraltar. 
We enjoyed a 2hr early evening trip at sea, the highlight of which had to be a Sperm Whale sighting.  Unfortunately no photo, as along with the other 30 or so passengers on the boat, we were too busy tripping over our dropped jaws !  A fantastic sight. 

Pilot Whale 

Striped Dolphin  

We couldn't resist a visit to Gibraltar  

 Grooming time

Sleep time ......  Arrrgghh

 Griffon Vultures arriving from Africa

 Iberian Black Pig - very tasty

Nightingales were abundant at every site we visited

 Part of a committee of Griffon Vultures (approx. 170). 
As we watched them feeding on 5 dead sheep we were all agreed that the 
stench was well worth the views we had of these impressive birds.

 Fed, full up and flat out !