Thursday, May 15, 2014

Almost Home

We’re almost at the end of Menorca for 2014. So here are a few more pictures of Menorca life until next year. Enjoy. 

On some evenings the Scops Owl comes for a close look at us just as we're enjoying a glass of wine.

Scops Owl

The common lark in these parts is the crested Thekla Lark. It makes a change from the humble UK Skylark.

 Thekla Lark

Adding a little interest to the sunbathing are regular sightings of ringed Audouin's Gulls. 


Audouin's Gull

Or watching the local Kestrel watching us from on high.

Kestrel

Spring in Menorca is just wonderful for seeing and painting the wild flowers.

 Menorca Poppies

A walk to the local shops even involves a spot of birding.

Spotted Flycatcher

Now that's what I call a Menorca walk.

Menorca

Menorca Horses

Another Bird Blog is back home in the UK any day now and will post new pictures from the last two weeks very soon.

I promise to catch up with all your comments soon.  Apologies if you are still waiting.


I hope everyone enjoyed Menorca as much as we did? Linking today to Anni's Blog, Camera Critters and Eileen's Saturday Blog.

24 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Phil Yes It was lovely seeing your trip away through your photographs. These shots are great of the birds and I love the poppies in the field.

Carole M. said...

yes indeedy - sounds like a very relaxing and enjoyable time away in a special place Phil; great post again...

eileeninmd said...

Phil, I have really been enjoying your trip photos.. Both the birds and the scenery are gorgeous.. Lovely painting..Have a happy weekend!

David Gascoigne said...

The Andouin's Gull looks especially handsome. I'll have to check their range to see whether I have a chance in northern Spain in July.

Dział Przyrody MŚO said...

Excellent!!!!!!!!
Greetings from rainy Poland

Christian Perrin said...

Bird-watching in style! Glass of wine in hand and the Owl just flies up to you!

I saw the Tawny Owl when I was living in London but never a Scops. Looking it up on Wikipedia has told me it is migratory, which I wouldn't have considered for an owl.

Looks like a great holiday!

Mary Cromer said...

Almost welcome home Phil and Sue ;) Those horses, that long walk path, oh that would be grand and so beautiful an area too. The Scops Owl is a beauty...can hardly wait for you to see my post from last week! I am with Christian Perrin on the migration of this owl...WOW, the things we learn. All other image shares makes for a splendid post~

bettyl-NZ said...

Pretty scenery and animals! Seems to be a great place to relax.

Snap said...

Looks like you've enjoyed Menorca! Since I love owls, the Scops is my favorite image. I really enjoyed this series. Happy Critter Day!

sandyland said...

I always enjoy your varied views especially the lark new to me

Kalantikan said...

The scenery and the birds are wonderful, but that owl is real scary. Oh those eyes are trully piercing.

TexWisGirl said...

just gorgeous!

Lina Gustina said...

Admire your shots here.
www.1sthappyfamily.com/2014/05/a-bug.html

Anni said...

What a view while drinking wine. I could do that!! Not stare at you as the owl, but drink wine.

Another great post. Didn't know you were on a trip...but, did miss you.

...and you missed a saga of Bud and me chartering a boat out to sea, a couple weeks ago, hired a boat and its 'captain' to take us out to see the elusive brown booby. I got pictures galore.

http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com/2014/05/rarevagrantbooby-by-any-other-name.html

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful birds, thanks Phil.

Karen said...

Somehow I have missed all your posts of Menorca. It's been great catching up though. What a beautiful place with so many terrific birds. Really wonderful photos Phil! The Hoopoe and Bee Eater are exceptionally gorgeous!

Rajesh said...

Nice variety of birds.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos as always. I love the owl and the horses.

KK said...

I had missed your trip, just like many other posts in the last 2 months or so. The pictures are great.

More than the birds, I am finding the scenic beauty alluring. It provides some respite in the hot and dry north Indian summer. If you ever wanted to visit India, this is not the right time :-)

Gary Phillips said...

Love the owl!! Boom.Bobbi& Gary.

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful series of birds.

Shey Wicklund said...

I also can't stop birding wherever I am and some of the urban places will still surprise me if I find interesting birds.

This is such a great place for a vacation, Phil. Lucky you. :)

Gert said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Phil, stopping by to say thank you for sharing your post with my critter party! Have a happy day!

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