Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Wallcreepers and Cranes day two

17th Feb a little warmer but a cold wind before breakfast many blackcaps and superb
Black Redstart.
On our way we stopped at Adahuesca on route where on leaving after a few miles a splendid
Goshawk obliged.
We arrived at the dam Rio Alcanta where a Dipper and White Wagtail showed be it briefly.
Finally we reached Santa Cilla Lewis and I had been here 4 years ago but this time we were
with the Amigos del Buitre.
The scene was set for an incredible encounter we drove part way and walked the rest to the
visible escarpment on the distant mountain side
Just as we had settled down Quebrantahuesos the breaker of bones swept over us giving
incredible views.
Well a lot closer than we could ever have hoped for next up the Griffons it was like a giant
bird table and their manners were far from impeccable.
They were less than 6 feet away and were not bothered even by a Fox but the local dogs put a lid on it after 30 minutes or so.
Reluctantly we leave this up close and personal experience with vultures is etched
in our minds.
A picnic lunch and a return to Alquezar and awalk to the bottom the gorge produced Hawfinch before
heading down the gorge to the river bottom proved a little strenuous.
Heady stuff but not for us Brits the stream held some small fish and we had two more
sightings of wallcreeper.

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