Tierra de Pinares – In search of the Iberian Imperial Eagle

We had a great Saturday morning in search of the Iberian Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) through the pine forest in “Tierra de Pinares”.  This is a natural area located in the Spanish region of Castilla y León, and comprises the north of the province of Segovia and the south of the province of Valladolid. This endangered bird is expanding in this area in recent years.

European Bee-eater - Abejaruco - Merops apiaster
European Bee-eater

Although the main objective was not reached, we did not return empty handed. First, we observed several specimens of Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata), with its distinctive pale form plumage.

Shortly after, we could take delight observing about a dozen of European Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster), with their colorful plumage shining in the sun.

Later on we found several White Storks (Ciconia ciconia) feeding in the wheat fields. They wait the pass of the combine harvesters to capture animals that are exposed.

At the end of the day, in our way home, we detected from the car a group of Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) that were perched in the pines a few meters away. After a few minutes in which we were able to observe and photograph them, they flew away, providing us a great show.

Photo author: Alberto Puente de la Rosa Fotonatura Gallery Flickr Gallery






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