It is a year ago today that I first met Kevin H and Mike Swiss. We were introduced online by Mike Mintier through the wonders of this forum and spent a day together at Albufera. Since then we have met many times, seen around 150 species together and had many laughs. This week after Albufera on Tuesday and Son Real yesterday we decided to take in the joys of Mortix today. After a solitary brambling, stone curlew, cirl bunting and several hundred black redstart at the vineyards we saw a pair of peregrine perched on the cliff tops, 2 griffin vulture and a kestrel. On the way up to the reservoir we saw several blackcap before 2 Bonellis eagles appeared together and gave great views against the blue skies. Near the refuge, where we stopped to eat our lunch, we saw firecrest and crossbill before starting the return journey down the valley. Fairly soon we saw the 2 Bonellis again, about an hour after the first sighting, before seeing blue rock thrush and black vulture. In between we had several views of mistle thrush in addition to song thrush. We called in at the Pont Roma bar at Pollenca and sat outside with a coffee whilst watching black and griffon vulture together with red kite. After dropping Mike off in the Port Kevin and I went on to Albufereta and saw around a dozen little ringed plover and several
Hope on the way in. The main ponds had around 90 flamingo and a few marsh harrier before a black kite appeared and kept us entertained for 15 minutes or so. From the new hide we saw greenshank, at least 4 pintail and 3 great white egrets. We finished off the day with a pint in the Port whilst making plans for tomorrow. A year to the day since our first meeting, this was surely one of the best days yet, a real raptor day. Hopefully we have many more to come. Attached is a poor photo of a Bonellis, in all the excitement it was the best I could manage. Thank you to the Mikes (M&S) and to Kevin H.