Monday, 16 November 2009
My plan was to drive my car from Rutland Water to the Strait of Gibralter via France following migrating Ospreys and other migrants. First stop was going to be l'Aiguillon-sur-Mer (photo above) on the French west coast to look for passage Ospreys, then Organbidexka in the western Pyrenees to watch more migrating Ospreys along with other birds before crossing into Spain and driving down to the Strait of Gibralter where i had arranged to help count raptors, storks, seabirds and passerines with Fundacion Migres. I then planned to finish off with a week in Extremadura before catching the Santander-Plymouth ferry. Click on pictures for bigger image.
The bushes and fences at the end of the point were alive with migrants. Spotted and Pied Flycatchers were lined up along the fences with Robins, Melodious Warblers and fresh juvenile Willow Warblers. Overhead small but constant groups of Yellow Wagtails and Tree Pipits headed south. This was all happening in hot settled conditions so i dread to think what this place would be like with the right fall weather - potentially incredible i think.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
A distant circling dot over the approaching village turned out to be a Juvenile Osprey. It seemed a little unsure and not surprising really considering the lumps of rock ahead of it. With night drawing close it had gone as far as it could today.
A beautiful place to sit with a scope and watch migration. Many of the Ospreys, Marsh Harriers, Honey Buzzards and Black Storks knew exactly where to go and didn't waste anytime crossing the pass but some birds were less sure and it was fascinating to watch them decide.