Friday, February 19, 2010

Migration Resumes

A break in the weather and stiff north-westerlies got the raptors moving across the Strait once again. A steady stream of Black Kites was on the move, battling hard against the wind. Many came in low above the waves into the Bay of Gibraltar and from there north-westwards into the wind. Gulls didn't make life any easier.

a bird's gotta do what a bird's gotta do!

Recovering track once inland

Some Stonechats came in, as the one above which tried to catch insects in the strong winds at Europa Point. Meanwhile, paired residents fed on insects close to the water by the Barbate Reservoir alongside migrant Black Redstarts.

Female Black Redstart feeding by jumping at prey

Migratory Blackcaps are also moving in pairs, feeding on insects attracted to olive trees. A migrant Wryneck was also in the same area.

Close of play with Cattle Egrets

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