September 7, 2008
|The Barbary 'Ape' is really a monkey, albiet a tailess one.|
The operator was right, there were plenty of birds and the vast majority were Honey Buzzards. The top lookout area over near the restaurant was a great spot and often the birds came quite close. I saw light, dark and common phases. I like the ‘common’ morph the best, what a beautiful bird! A few Sparrowhawks were in the mix. I got lots of shots and when I viewed them later, I saw what I’m sure are Black Kites as well. The photos are not good, just blurry silhouettes, but you can just make out a tail starting to vee, or a few wings with long fingers.
Sometimes, there would be a short period when the sky emptied, but it wouldn’t be long before another Raptor Wave would hit. Some groups flew in a tornado shape, some were swirling cumulus clouds and others a long ribbon. Some flew over the top of the Rock and others flew lower, over Gibraltar Bay. It was an amazing sight and I’m glad we’ve been too content to hurry with our projects and lingered long enough to witness this migration. Both Honey Buzzard and Sparrowhawk are lifers for me.
There were more than birds to see on the Rock. I love this Moorish gecko.