Category Archives: Birdlife of Spain

Spain is a popular destination for birdwatchers, as the country boasts a rich diversity of birdlife, with over 600 bird species recorded. Some of the most iconic bird species in Spain include the Spanish imperial eagle, the Eurasian griffon vulture, and the common crane. Other notable bird species found in Spain include the flamingo, the hoopoe, and the bee-eater. Spain’s varied landscapes, which range from mountains and forests to wetlands and coastal areas, provide habitats for a wide range of bird species. Additionally, Spain is located on the migratory path for many bird species traveling between Africa and Europe, making it a popular spot for birdwatchers during migration season. Overall, Spain’s birdlife is a reflection of the country’s rich natural heritage and makes it an exciting destination for birdwatchers from around the world.

Bearded vulture reintroduction

It seems that the success up in the north of Spain for the Bearded vulture reintroduction now requires the translocation of “floaters”. Ie non breeding bearded vultures that are infringing on the territory of breeding pairs….. It really is fascinating and incredible work that these guys are doing at the Vulture Conservation Foundation.

Read more here: https://www.4vultures.org/one-more-bearded-vulture-translocated-as-part-of-the-newest-reintroduction-project-in-maestrazgo

And in Andalucia a record breaking 10th Bearded vulture in 2021 has just hatched…. They called him “Guinness” after the Guinness book of records…..

In Spanish here: https://www.heraldo.es/noticias/sociedad/2021/03/24/record-mundial-en-andalucia-con-el-nacimiento-de-diez-quebrantahuesos-en-el-centro-guadalentin-1480198.html

Read more about Bearded Vultures here on Wildside holidays – Spain
https://wildsideholidays.co.uk/bearded-vulture-gypaetus-barbatus-quebrantahuesos/

Injured bearded vulture released after good recovery

The bearded vulture ‘”Aquilón” who is part of the recovery project in the Picos de Europa has been re released this Tuesday, March 2 in Cantabria by the Foundation for the Conservation of the Bearded Vulture (FCQ)

Almost three years old, this young male has now been returned to his natural habitat in the vicinity of the town of Espinama, in Camaleño after spending the last few months in rehabilitation.

He was found in a badly injured state after an impact with power lines and although his foot was so badly damaged that it had to be amputated, it was deemed that he still had a very high percentage of survival in the wild.

Aquilon the bearded vulture with his amputated foot
Aquilon the bearded vulture with his amputated foot

Read more about the Beraded Vulture here

Source: https://www.animalshealth.es/animaladas/veterinarios-espanoles-recuperan-quebrantahuesos-electrocutado


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Short-toed Eagles in the natural park of Grazalema

March brings a great joy for lovers of these spectacular birds when yet again they have made it across the Strait of Gibraltar to their breeding grounds in Europe. The first single birds start appearing at the end of February but the massive migration comes in March, when clouds of birds can be seen entering continental Europe.

This Eagle´s appearance and its habits make it a treat to watch, whether you are a seasoned birder, a casual nature lover or a walker who maybe has never seen an eagle before.  Once you have spotted this easy-to-identify, pale, graceful silhouette against the blue Andalucían sky, hovering like a kestrel while scanning the limestone rocks and scrub to find prey, you just may become a life-long fan.

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