Spain – Andalucia
An adult Black Vulture ( AKA Monk Vulture ) arrives at the feeding station
The Black Vulture has a wingspan of up to nine feet
Tries to dominate this young Griffon
The attack with hackles raised
Note the larger bill of the Black Vulture
The Griffon is about to retreat
Note the full crop
Black Kite in breeding plumage
A Young Griffon, note the white ruff
Crested Tit from a one-way glass fronted hide
The Andujar Natural Park, home of the Iberian Lynx
Farmhouse in the Sierra Madrona, both Black Vulture and Imperial Eagle nest in the hillside woodland behind the building.
Sierra Madrona countryside
Rows of Oilive trees
This landscape is where Spanish Imperial eagle can be seen
In the Spring of 2014 I spent a week in northern Andalucia hoping to photograph Black Vultures and, with luck, a variety of other raptors including the Spanish Imperial Eagle. I watched the latter at distance but was unable to get any worthwhile photographs of this magnificent bird. However I did manage to enjoy vultures at close range as well as watching other species which are not normally found in the UK.
The area covered included the Andujar National Park ( home of the Iberian Lynx ), the Sierra Madrona and the Sierra Magina. This beautiful part of Spain is largely undiscovered by tourism and is full of interesting wildlife. I hope to return in the near future.