Wednesday 24 April 2013

The Honey Buzzards are back!

Tuesday 23 April

My first reported sighting of a Honey Buzzard this year on its northern migration.  I can only presume that by a "Ivan's Siesta Walk" Ivan has visited the hills for a couple of hours whilst Inger enjoys a peaceful rest!  It rather sounds like my siesta walks where I lay back in the sun and dream about those wonderful kilometres I walk through the hills and mountains; an Iberian  Imperial Eagles above being mobbed by Goshawks and Lesser Spotted Eagles whilst a Lammergeier looks serenely on from above.  Meanwhile, I am too busy to take that much notice as I watch and take perfect photographs of the handful of Wallcreepers just twenty metres away.  Ah well, one can but dream!

Our first Honey Buzzard this year was seen on Ivan's siesta walk in the hills south of Fuengirola. Therefore this report from the walk.

There was only one Honey Buzzard coming very low just overhead. Then soaring very high and heading north.

The list of the siesta walk with 25 species is as follows:
Booted Eagle; Honey Buzzard; Kestrel; Yellow-legged Gull; Collared Dove; Swift; Pallid Swift; Bee-eater; Thekla Lark; Barn Swallow; House Martin; Nightingale; Black Redstart; Stonechat; Blackbird; Sardinian Warbler; Zitting Cisticola; Cetti's Warbler; Pied Flycatcher; Spotless Starling; House Sparrow; Linnet; Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Serin.

This morning we observed from our balcony 8 Gannet, a Short-toad Eagle and 2 Ravens.

Inger and Ivan Zink-Nielsen

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