Monday, May 5, 2014

Where Are You?

Would you believe it? We are in Menorca again. 

Here are a few pictures of this wonderful Mediterranean island for blog readers to enjoy with minimal commentary from your's truly.

The endangered Egyptian Vulture is a regular sight throughout the island, especially soaring over the rocky gorges that fall down to the coast. 

Egyptian Vulture

Menorcan Gorge

Tawny Pipit

Es Grau- Menorca

There are always lots of Yellow-legged Gulls and Audouin's Gulls at the pretty fishing village of Es Grau. 

 Yellow-legged Gull

For such an apparently conspicuous bird the Hoopoes is surprisingly elusive, more often heard than actually seen.

Not so the Bee Eater with a few breeding colonies on the island plus a strong Spring movement as they head to Europe.

Bee Eater

Wne driving and walking it's best to keep an eye open for the island tortoises as well as the birds.

 Heerman's Tortoise

There's more from Another Bird Blog in Menorca soon.


DeniseinVA said...

Lucky you!!!! :) Fascinating to see the different birds, and to see some of this island I have always heard so much about. Thanks for the great pictures, it's been a enjoyable visit. Have fun!

David Gascoigne said...

Thank goodness we are finally getting some decent weather here, otherwise I would be consumed with envy! Enjoy your Mediterranean paradise, Phil.

Findlay Wilde said...

That looks like a great place. All the birds I read about, but that I haven't seen yet. From Findlay

Gunilla Bäck said...

A beautiful place. It looks warm and inviting. We've gotten snow and hail and the nights have been cold.

Errol Newman said...

All those "rares", I thought you were on Skokholm!!! Have fun & enjoy.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, awesome place to vacation. I would love to see the Hoopoes and the gorgeous Bee-eater. Have fun and happy birding!

Carole M. said...

Menorca pics are fabulous Phil; apart from wonderful birding and scenery, I really liked that quaint rustic handmade gate too. Love the Pipit. Oh gosh, there you go with a wowzer of a Hoopoe and top it off with a wonderful Bee-eater; SOME holiday, enjoy!! (I'd been MIA for a few days myself, explains my missing your posts)

Russell Jenkins said...

Some lovely things to see, Phil. I'd love to look up and see that vulture rather than the clock in the office tomorrow!

Stuart Price said...

Brilliant stuff Phil. You should move there!

Choy Wai Mun said...

No wonder you're back there again! Beautiful images, Phil.

Shey Wicklund said...

What a gorgeous place to be. The vulture there is more nice-looking than the ones we have here. That's a shame they're endangered. Love the hoopoes and wish I could see it in the future. Great collection as always. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What an amazing place.

Wally Jones said...

Happy to hear you're having a wonderful time enjoying a bit of sunshine!

Hoopoes, Bee-eaters, all of it is on my wish list!

Hope you're being well compensated for being a living advert for the Menorcan tour agency!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Totally fascinating!

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