Monday, 20 October 2014
Booted Eagle at Porto Cristo Novo, Mallorca
Lisa and I have been away for the past week, a very welcome break to the sunny island of Mallorca. This was strictly a non birding holiday, it was time for us both to relax and unwind, but I still managed to take my bins and camera!
I was under strict instructions not to go running around the vicinity on the look out for all things feathered, but birds were encountered on our saunters around the area close to our apartment which was the small village of Porto Cristo Novo on the east coast of Mallorca. The 'best' bird encountered was this Booted Eagle, a new bird to us both and was seen riding high in the sky (approx 500ft) on some thermals looking for its next meal. The bird in question was the pale version, there are two morphs with the other being a darker version and although I wasn't certain on the I.D. at first, when I studied my Collins it was obvious that the bird in question was the pale morph Booted Eagle. Nice.
The photos are heavily cropped, but hopefully you can see the slightly lighter and barred flight feathers that is one of the identifying features. More photos of a few more of our feathered friends will follow, but as I have said, this was definitely not a birding holiday.