Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Vale do Bispo & Cape St Vincent....06/10/2010
Raptor day today!!
Vale do Bispo & the headland at Cape St Vincent are great places to go to see bird migration in Spring and Autumn. At Vale do Bispo there is a Raptor watchpoint. Fortunately there were several birders already at the point, one person being a Bird Guide who I had met on a previous holiday! I love to see the Raptors but struggle with species ID so I knew that the species would be called out when they appeared! Everyone was friendly and waiting in anticipation. A Swallowtail butterfly passed us by several times, the only one I had seen throughout the holiday. The Raptors started to come into view and then the spectacle began. Raptors seen were Bonelli's, Short-toed and Booted Eagle, Black-winged kite, Honey Buzzard (being mobbed by a Sparrowhawk) and Hen Harrier. Other species seen were Black Stork, Raven, Chough, Sardinian Warbler, Crested Lark, Skylark and Mistle Thrush. It was exhilarating watching the Raptors...masters of the sky!!
On the way to Cape St Vincent, Raptors were spotted again, eleven of them were circling fairly low. It was quiet at the Cape. I was expecting to see plenty of Chough and Jackdaws but not today. I had seen 2 Chough at the raptor point so was quite happy with that sighting. A Kestrel was seen perched on a telegraph wire looking for it's lunch, I think it found something as it soon swooped down into a field and out of view! It was relaxing just to sit and watch the world go by and take in the spectacle of the surrounding cliffs and sea!