They breed on cliffs behind Alcoy but are visible all over (saw c100 from McDonald's car park a few years ago) . I enjoyed watching them cross over to Font Roja which is a great place to explore.
Hi Gleb, I’ve always found El Hondo reliable for White Headed Duck, specifically the lagoon on the right hand side as you walk to the first hide off the Vistabella Road. It’s just over a 5km walk through the reserve from the visitor centre. If you look at the reserve on Google maps it’s on the bottom right section. A great area for raptors too. Good luck.Thanks for the info!
I went down to Alcoy and had amazing views of the vultures there. Thanks. They mostly stayed near Barranc del Sinc, but then started dispersing as I tried-and failed-to reach Montcabrer, gave up too soon. Definitely my best sightings of raptors, overshadows the white-tailed eagles two years ago.
As for golden eagles, I probably won't visit Yecla, but have seen a golden eagle in flight as I was on the bus to Alcoy going past Sierra del Maigmo. Probably will check out Sierra de las Aguilas, and the mountains near Sax, I think that's Maigmo as well.
Can Font Roja center be reached without a car? Are the Bonelli's eagles good there? Is there a good place for them reached by public transport or less than 10km walk?
In addition, can anyone advise me which is the better site for white-headed duck- Clot de Galvany or El Hondo?
Is there a good and reliable place for eagle owl, anywhere? I've heard that La Finca golf course has a pair.
Been up the gorge a few days ago. Getting there is easy without a car provided you are prepared for the heat. But this is the worst time to see those eagles- they are best in February and September, I have heard. No wonder I failed.For Bonelli's Eagles, I found Sierra de Crevillente the easiest place to see them as they breed up there. I dont think non-driving is a goer to any of the upland areas tbh although you might be able to taxi up from Crevillente. I've also seen Bonelli's Eagle on the Vistabella road in winter and at Sierra Espuna in spring (along with Golden Eagle).
Try this, I asked previously but dipped for Roller.Been up the gorge a few days ago. Getting there is easy without a car provided you are prepared for the heat. But this is the worst time to see those eagles- they are best in February and September, I have heard. No wonder I failed.
Clot de Galvany yielded 3 white-headed ducks and 5 marbled ducks two days ago, as well as more common wetland birds.
Would anyone be willing to suggest a reliable roller and eagle-owl site for me?
I always found the palm trees immediately north of North Gate to be reliable for RollerIt’s a few years since I have birded El Hondo (we used to have an apartment in Quesada) but a reliable spot for Roller used to be just east of the North Gate to the reserve. Probably just one pair at that spot and they could be seen easily enough from the road.