The north coast of Mallorca of­fers some of the best bird­ing you will enjoy on the is­land

Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings - WORDS: ANDY SIMP­SON

THE TRA­MUNTANA STRETCHES along the north coast of Mallorca, a range of lime­stone moun­tains reach­ing 4,700 feet (1,432m) at their high­est point. They’re a world away from the beach re­sort im­age of Mallorca that you might have, and they form a vast, un­spoiled area – the largest nat­u­ral park on the is­land – in which you can make your own bird­watch­ing dis­cov­er­ies, as well as ex­plor­ing the is­land’s his­tor­i­cal, cul­tural and scenic riches. Their height, steep­ness and rel­a­tive re­mote­ness makes them a refuge for some of Mallorca’s most in­ter­na­tion­ally im­por­tant and iconic species, in­clud­ing the Black Vul­ture. is Eleonora’s Fal­con. A large colony nests on the cliffs be­low the light­house in late sum­mer, and while they can be seen from above, the most spec­tac­u­lar views can be had from a boat trip. The tower at Al­ber­cutx, a lit­tle fur­ther down the coast, is an­other fine view­point for these birds, as well as other rap­tors such as Honey Buz­zards mi­grat­ing through the is­land in spring and au­tumn. Above: Booted Ea­gle, Be­low: Black Vul­ture

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