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Old Thursday 11th May 2017, 18:55   #26
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Some more snaps but how many Night Heron(s)?

Osprey, Egret, Nightingale, one BS Kite, LR Plover, the night heron(s), Turtle Doves (first of the year and also one new place) etc.

Other news was the Scops duelling - male and female a couple of nights ago.
I am only seeing two among the Gray Herons, cormorants, and egrets, though I must be missing a few.

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Old Thursday 11th May 2017, 20:51   #27
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I am only seeing two among the Gray Herons, cormorants, and egrets, thought I must be missing a few.
which egrets? Type I mean....
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Old Thursday 11th May 2017, 21:31   #28
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which egrets? Type I mean....
I couldn't identify the egrets to species (don't know what's expected there), but I see one Night-heron on the far left above a sunning cormorant and another near the top of the main tree/bush clump.
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Old Friday 12th May 2017, 07:14   #29
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You are right of course. As for the egrets there are only little and cattle...
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Old Saturday 13th May 2017, 13:27   #30
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At last mister (?) has put in an appearance...
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Old Monday 15th May 2017, 15:06   #31
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Went to try and confirm or not the Wallcreeper at Gavarnie. Sadly I think its a not or I'm not in the right place. I stayed about 30 mins and then tried to look from the other side of the valley. Nothing doing! Got to be there somewhere.

Better news was that en-route I clocked the Eagle Owl - he wasn't there long enough for the parcs guy to see him 5 mins later! I did have a sneaky visit last night but no chicks visible as yet, in fact the I saw one flying on the other side of the road. I was carrying scope tripod etc so couldn't get on 'it' properly.

I clicked a shot of the Lammy. Heavily cropped full zoom and miles away.

At Gavarnie had the fortune of some fly by Alpine Swifts. This is a 'mega' here - well I have seen once in May and once in September at Gavarnie before - ok I don't live there but I have visited a number of times. At the same time a Golden Eagle drifted above me. There is a new aire but I didn't find it although I thought I had so didn't stop longer than to take a picture - for it then to not be the nest on PC review...

No Rock Thrush as yet.
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Old Tuesday 16th May 2017, 13:24   #32
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Old Tuesday 16th May 2017, 13:53   #33
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Old Thursday 18th May 2017, 08:09   #34
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A couple of shots

Egyptian Vulture and any guesses for the second bird?
Second photo - spot the bird...
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Old Thursday 18th May 2017, 09:54   #35
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A couple of shots

Egyptian Vulture and any guesses for the second bird?
Second photo - spot the bird...
1 - looks vaguely like a lark with the Egyptian Vulture

2 - Eagle Owl, toward lower right, just below dark hole
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1 - looks vaguely like a lark with the Egyptian Vulture

2 - Eagle Owl, toward lower right, just below dark hole
I should have pointed out that I know what the bird was/is. Sorry if it didn't come across that way. Not a lark.

Of course right on the eagle owl. Was starting to get worried but seems to back back on view. Worried because someone is setting up a network of zip wires along the river bed below. We know about it as do the parc but still a worry....
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Old Thursday 18th May 2017, 15:27   #37
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Is the second bird in #1 an Alpine Swift or perhaps a swallow of some sort?
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Old Friday 19th May 2017, 07:49   #38
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I was walking in a westerly direction...

Whilst busy trying to get a decent flight shot of an Egyptian this Peregrine 'flashed' past - well a long way above. It then circled down and started doing rotations above me. I then clocked its mate on the rocks above. There should be chicks somewhere but I didn't have time to continue.

Sorry if people are getting bored with the Eagle Owl. His chicks will soon be on display so we are 'surveying' the area on a daily basis...
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Old Friday 19th May 2017, 11:37   #39
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Another great day...

A friend texted to say he had a White backed Woody above the village. Straight out the door although I suspected he was wrong (should point out he is not a birdwatcher but has a passing interest). Anyway, I was disappointed but happy at the same time - a Middle Spotted Woody and whats more straight onto a nest with chicks chirping away inside. I tried my best hide but they aren't stupid and I was spotted. I took some pictures but beat my retreat...

Spun past the Eagle Owl - again. No chicks yet. But a family of Nuthatch was compensation.
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Old Friday 19th May 2017, 15:52   #40
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The day gets better...

Mr and Mrs Rocky and the mighty Lambster for Duffbirder...
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Old Friday 19th May 2017, 19:44   #41
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Are the rock thrush local to Luz - that's not my usual scree slope in d'Ossoue? Planning lunch near Uzein tomorrow for B-s Kites then on to Luz. Just had a good day with Bluethroats at Aiguillon.
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Above Luz and well spotted not ossoue(can never spell it!).

Look forward to seeing your photos of the bluethroats.
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Things hotting up,
Getting most 'classics' just not all in the right places! The Rock Thrush yesterday not where I expected, today Lammergeier (occasional place - sorry Alan) but no Egyptian Vulture but then 2 pairs elsewhere!

Got a possible Goshawk - well I thought I had seen one bird twice but may have been two birds. The one I got the photos of may not be a Goshawk although very bulky - pictures were taken but to put into perspective I was at 500m altitude and the bird about 1500m - add in some slope he was probably about 2 miles away. I then say the bird a second time or a new bird that was only about 200m above me. Obviously, bigger than Woodpigeons that he put up. No hint of any colour in the breast (I'd say white) so either female Sparrowhawk or male Goshawk.

Some nice shots of ST Eagle but no Booted. Then a Bonelli's Warbler 'hu-eff'ing away but much as I tried it didn't fall for my impersonation.

Finally, got Cirl Bunting but again not in the easy places....
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Spent 1 1/2 hours glued to the eyepiece of a telescope looking for a needle in a haystack or specifically a Wallcreeper in 2km of cliff! No luck.

Time flies (and I promise I didn't have a snooze) but the problem is you don't really see the other birds around.

On the walk in I did see a distant displaying Rock Thrush c.2km and a Lammy (sorry Alan) on the way out...

I took comfort in the things more local - and managed to get a picture at a slightly different angle - 'it' was sat nicely out.
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Some shots from yesterday - too much to write up now!

5 Lammies in one day.
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So the end of a few days birding and the results were spectacular. There were some quiet periods because of the heat but great none-the-less.

Some highlights from day one included finding a Bonellis Warbler nest - on the ground. Both parents were busy in and out with food but I had no idea that they nested on the ground. This was the only day with low cloud so we headed up the mountain. For the second year on the trot I made a massive booboo miscalling territorial Wallcreepers. I saw a bird against the cliff but then was drawn to the bright colours of a butterfly - then two - what a prat! Of course efforts were doubled, I then was fortunate to actually find the bird - it would have been difficult to live it down otherwise.

Because of the cloud lower down the mountain we were in the best place albeit there wasn't much flying or action. A flyby Egyptian...
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Some of the results of day 2 were posted above - the Lammies - 5 in a day!

The day started with a partly successful trip to see the Eagle Owl - I saw it and one other before he tucked up for the morning. We moved on to Lammergeier nest 1 to see the 'chick' in the nest cave. Unfortunately, the cave is dark as is the bird so its actually fairly difficult to get a satisfactory view. Eventually time to leave and cars were loaded - everybody out - the adult arrived and paraded in front of us.

Typically, after an hour of not a lot the adult was there. Followed by 2 Honey Buzzards then a Peregrine then a Short Toed Eagle add Buzzard, Black Kite things were hotting up then a Sparrowhawk to add to the raptors. Hadn't even got to Gavarnie yet.

Coffee time but not without finding 7 Alpine Swifts over the village. Fingers crossed they decided to breed.

Two Golden Eagles flew over and before leaving scoped one on the nest seemingly feeding young - it was tearing food but couldn't see the rest properly. The immense shoulders head on were visible!

Next stake out was the Lammys home on the cliffs behind Gavarnie and some lunch. Again see the photos from an earlier post of an adult sat near the nest.

Its difficult to improve on the mornings birding. Up to find a Rock Thrush which just about got but also a 'pair', as in 2, Cuckoos - got a couple of snaps and it looks like the moment one laid an egg!!!!!

Has to be one of the great days. I should add that there was a distinct possibility of Wallcreeper - two observers one vehicle and me in the other independently. My reservation was the sunlight but size and flight and impression of colour were good...
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Day 3 - Bareges started with a glorious Eagle Owl!! Now on with the day.

As with other places things are seemingly very quiet this year! No Black Woodpecker, no Citril Finch, again(!), no Snow Finch up the road - awful!

On to the Tourmalet and finally some luck - a Hobby brightened the day. Then, a beautiful Alpine Accentor - not wishing to get too close we keep it at arms length. Back at the car park and whilst waiting for people to catch up had a final search for Snow Finch and scoped one up the mountain. It did come closer but not super.

Back in the car and 3 Honeys put in an appearance and at last a Snow Finch under the neighbouring car!!!!! Everybody out. He seemed to respond well to some meusili bar!

A couple of short stops on the way home but without further excitement...

How could I forget a pair of Booted Eagles...
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