This is my third visit to Majorca and one of the main reasons I go back so often is the beautiful S'albufera Park Natural. I love this park which is the largest wetland in the Balearic Islands and it is quite magical. There are a large number of species to be seen and they have great facilities with quite a number of hides and viewing platforms.
It was quite a surprise to see a couple of flamingos drop into the wetland. I have never seen this species there before. The Night Herons can often be seen in the vegetation down the main canal as you walk in. Kentish Plovers are quite numerous. I had heard that an Osprey had been seen on a few days but I had to wait until my fourth visit before I managed to catch up with it. The whole scrape of birds took rapid flight and there was the great noise of wing beats spreading along the scrape. This beautiful Osprey then landed on the post in front of the hide. This was just so exciting made all the more special by having to wait for it.
These birds breed in northern Europe but we get them on passage as they go through the UK. There are very few that breed in the UK about ten pairs. I always enjoy seeing them on passage as they are quite exotic birds.
I had an early morning quick jaunt down into Wales this morning with a target of catching up with the charismatic Osprey before they leave for Africa for our winter.
These really are thrilling to watch and I must spend more time with them next year. I have a dilemma though, as I have a mental block when it comes to paying quite large amounts of money to photograph them from a hide as they dive into fish farm. This seems to be the norm these days and perhaps I may have to just join them!
One thing that you can be certain of, if a bird is perched patiently at some time or other it must take off. You would probably need a tripod to hold the camera on them long enough in some cases. It often gives you the chance of different image.
I had a great morning watching the local birds at Langley Hill this morning. The conditions weren't brilliant so I am quite happy to get a few images. At least I didn't have to get caught in any traffic queues!
This is the time of year when many of our breeding summer visitors to the UK leave us. I always feel like I am going to miss them as they return to Africa for our winter. Ah well hopefully we will soon start to see some of the winter thrushes visiting out shores Fieldfares and Redwings. I will look forward to seeing Redstarts and Spotted Flycatchers next year and hope they have a safe journey across the Sahara.
Have a safe journey, and I will look out for you next year!