On the second day, we headed for the Straits of Gibraltar to observe the raptor migration.
Africa is just 14km away!
Most of the raptors were flying over the sea from Africa individually and when they got to the European side, they used the thermals to lift themselves, circling up and up and eventually disappeared.
Short-toed Eagles (Chuhiwashiチュウヒワシ)
Some arrived on the Spanish side very very low, almost touching the water.
Egyptian Vultures (Egiputo(Egypt)-hagewashiエジプトハゲワシ)
Short-toed Eagle and Black Kite (Tobiトビ)
raptors circling over the cliff
Non-raptor migrants - Black Storks (Nabekohナベコウ)
Maybe not migrating but a pair of Ravens (Watarigarasuワタリガラス) were flying over the cliff.
And they were mobbed by Common Kestrels (Chogenboチョウゲンボウ), which didn't seem to be migrating either.
A Subalpine Warbler (Shirahige-mushikuiシラヒゲムシクイ), possibly arrived earlier in the day, was quietly hopping among the shrubs.
near Tarifa - beautiful harbour
A very exciting morning at the Strait.
Without Vicent, we wouldn't have had a clue of the birds' identification.
Click here for Vicent's Doñana Wings