Nothing much happened since last time, this is just some extras from my visit to Extremadura Spain in early May... basically to "shoot" black vultures. In this blog there is nothing but black vultures.
Two birds, one cage !!?? Griffon vultures (gåsegribb)
Portrait of griffon vulture (gåsegribb)
The great bustard (stortrappe) is the biggest bird of all Europe, with the maximum weight of incredible 18 kg !!!! Open any field guide to European birds and you will know that the great bustard is very rare, inhabits a few remaining pockets of landscapes in Spain and eastern Europe, and is extremely shy. I spent "a little bit of time" in a hide hoping to have a glimpse of the bird, and that was basically what I got : a short glimpse of a huge bird cruising through the meadow like an ancient sail ship !!
A great moment. I hope to be back for some more next year !!
The great bustards little cousin is the small bustard.... but small ???? This is still a big bird.
(Dvergtrappe !!?? Den norske navnekomiteen må ha vært i koma den dagen. Denne er stor som en orrhane !!). This is also a "shyguy", I spent a night & a day in a hide where the little bustard was seen playing. I was lucky : it was performing with hundreds of jumps close to the hide, but still unlucky because this happened at the back of the hide away from my camera angle. Only once it came shortly into my camera angle... 6 quick shots in "silent-mode", stressed, and then again : gone. My first experience with this bird !
Will you believe : the first visitor to the vulture-carcass was : a stork !! This one is shaving siesta.
Blurred sex on the roof !! A pair of lesser kestrel (rødfalk)
A Spanisk Raven
Red kite (glente)
Black kite (svartglente). The black kite may sometimes be hard to classify from the red one (glente), but no matter similarities in feathers, the wings go the black one sticks out similar to the tail, while the tail the red one sticks out longer (..... just in case you wanted to know).
Black kite (svartgelente)
Black kite (svartglente) with assumed red kite in the background.