|Lammergeier Haliaeetus albicilla
Friday 2 June
Our last day in the Pyrenees and all attention focused on driving eastwards to the other side of Jaca and up into the high mountains in search of that iconic, large vulture, the Lammergeire, also known as the Bearded Vulture. Such a large, magnificent creature and we were not to be disappointed with at least a dozen close above us in addition to both Egyptian and Griffon Vultures.
In addition we also had Buzzard, Red and Black Kites and Booted Eagle as well as Alpine Chough and Ravens. Cuckoos were calling and smaller birds included Bonelli's Warbler, Black Redstart, Blackcap and Spotted Flycatcher.
|Egyptian Vulture Gypaetus barbatus
Having wandered around the abandoned village of Escuain we watched Common swifts and a great Spotted Woodpecker as we ate our picnic. A Red-backed Shrike was resting n a bush immediately opposite us and we were surrounded by Wrens, Great and Blue Tits, White Wagtails and Kestrels to name but a few.
|Griffon Vultures Gyps fulvus
Red Kite, Black Kite, Lammergeier, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Booted Eagle, Buzzard, Kestrel, Cuckoo, Common Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Barn Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Wren, Robin, Black Redstart, Blackbird, Blackcap, Bonelli's Warbler, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike, Jay, Alpine Chough, Carrion Crow, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin,
|Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio
The Lammergeier (or Bearded Vulture) Haliaeetus albicilla
The Egyptian Vulture Gypaetus barbatus