Not too much to go on with today’s shots, she’d be the first to admit – But Kiersten saw enough of this Bonelli’s Eagle to clinche the ID, and it’s another great addition to the list for the month.
With our migrant Short-toed and almost all of our Booted Eagles sunning themselves on African wintering grounds, a large, white-chested, hawk-like raptor sounds like a Bonelli’s Eagle at this time of year…
…and Kiersten snapped this pair patrolling the hillside just above the village, making the most perhaps of vacant summer territories and a seasonal lack of competition.
Statistics vary but there are almost certainly less than a thousand pairs of these beautiful birds left in the whole of Europe. With maybe three quarters of them found in Iberia they’re a critically important local species, and we’re priveleged to see them often as we do.
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