My pictures of birds

My pictures of birds

My pictures of birds

With a reproductive population in the Iberian Peninsula of just over 1000 pairs, and in a clear regression in the last decades, the Common Alimoche "Neophron percnopterus" is one of the birds most sought after by the bird watchers in the migratory steps by the Strait of Gibraltar. Where postnuptial migration takes place mostly during the first half of September. During our visit to the Strait, on the morning of September 3, we were lucky to see a short distance to more than 100 specimens. It is the short time of little more than an hour, specifically between 10 and 11 the morning. We saw many specimens flying solo and others that did it in small groups, most of the time at low altitude, perhaps due to the rising wind that blew with some intensity. And we were able to photograph many of them, some literally passing over our heads. When we visit the Strait with the aim of seeing the migration we move around the area and we look for more than a dozen observation points the most suitable places at any time. On this occasion, with postnuptial migration and wind of the east, we chose to situate ourselves on a hill near the control center of maritime traffic of the Strait, and we are fully convinced that the passage of birds, both alimoches and other species, was incessant during about 3 hours we stayed there. We are not always so lucky. These are some of the photos taken at that time. In these last two we can see the dark plumage of the immature specimens. And in this last one we see an immature following an adult, that to have made the trip in other occasions, surely would know better the way.

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