Yet another ‘big day’ for raptor migration (especially vultures) at the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar.
Last Friday, Rachid El Khamlichi, Cécile Krystelle and Radu Adrian counted:
2700 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus). We are now used to seeing such big numbers crossing the Strait in late autumn (October/November).
4 Cinereous Vultures (Aegypius monachus). This is the most exciting observation. Some Cinereous Vultures, mainly first-year birds, do cross the Strait to Morocco, and some of them even go as far south as West Africa (Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia,…). But still, seeing 4 birds together is amazing.
1 Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti). During autumn 2007, at least 4 juveniles (3 observed at this site, plus another bird satellite-tracked from Andalusia) have visited Northern Africa. Read this blogpost: Migration of the Spanish Imperial Eagle to Africa in 2017.
In the following, each photo represents a different bird. The last one is a collage of all of them!