viernes, 20 de febrero de 2015

Endangered species

I know virtually nothing about birds.  Growing up in New England, our garden was always riddled with robins and an odd blue jay or cardinal, but that's about it.  I never even paid attention to birds of prey until I met my husband.  He's the type of person who will stop the car in the middle of nowhere and whip out the binoculars, sticking his head out the window to gaze upwards as other vehicles speed by.  When we were dating, he took me on a trip to Spain's Monfragüe National Park to go vulture watching.  Hundreds of buitres leonados (griffon vultures) flying overhead... every girl's dream.

Since we moved to LaMancha, however, I've become increasingly interested in the local flora and fauna, and our living room balcony is often the perfect perch (the kestrel living there thinks so, too).  While I have come to appreciate these creatures, I still have a hard time identifying them.  I rely on a Spanish gardening website for identifications, and today I've had quite a surprise.

The photos are not the best quality as it was not a clear day, but here we have two endangered species!

Águila Real (left) and Águila Imperial (right)

Love this photo of the Imperial eagle.  There are some 280 pairs left on the Iberian peninsula.

Have you identified any endangered species in your neck of the woods?

2 comentarios:

  1. Spectaculair pictures! I am like you more a plant type, but yesterday I saw a -what we cal- Ekster, eating a mole. Oh this is difficult to explain! An Ekster is a large black and white bird like the ones of the movie the birds. I have never seen that before and I am pleased to have lost one of the moles that ruin my lawn! Groetjes, Hetty

  2. Hetty, I googled your "ekster". In English, they are called "magpies", and in Spanish they are hurracas. They are quite common here, and very aggressive, especially when they are in groups. I have seen them attack cats and try to steal prey away from the eagles!