Sunday, December 22, 2013

Last day of raptor monitoring - for now

Did today the raptor transect that was disrupted on Friday by the Snow Bunting. Worked in a military firing zone not far away from my house - excellent steppe / rangelands there. This area held the Tawny Eagle in August. Ezra found there three Little Bustards over the weekend but I couldn't relocate them today.
Raptor activity was good after the air heated up - 6 Imperial Eagles, 1 Short-toed Eagle (rare in winter), 2 Pallid Harriers, 1 Barbary Falcon again, 1 Merlin, many Common and Long-legged Buzzards etc.

Barbary Falcon - 1cy

 Eastern Imperial Eagle - adult

Pallid Harrier - adult female 

Short-toed Eagle

Common Buzzard

Isabelline Wheatear

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