A bird­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that I will never for­get

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

I write in re­sponse to your ‘best bird’ in Matt Merritt’s wel­come sec­tion in the De­cem­ber 2016 is­sue of Bird Watch­ing. Your de­scrip­tion of see­ing the Eleonora’s Fal­con as a “lifer” hit a chord with me. In Septem­ber 2016, I was vis­it­ing Mal­lorca with my fam­ily, and while there we vis­ited the un­in­hab­ited is­land/parc nat­u­ral of Sa Dragonera. We had vis­ited the is­land pre­vi­ously but on this visit I had gone hop­ing to see the above men­tioned Eleonora’s Fal­con. It didn’t dis­ap­point. The fal­cons are said to be present at the north-east light­house end of the is­land. We had only been walk­ing for 20 min­utes, when the first fal­con flew into view. To be hon­est there seemed to be dozens of them, so my eyes were ev­ery­where, es­pe­cially as there was plenty of other bird-life to see along the route. On the way back from the light­house, I just ‘had a feel­ing’ at a cer­tain point on the path, and made a very short climb to a place I felt would of­fer a view of the fal­con(s) ‘wheeling’ above the cliffs and sea. What I got was an ex­pe­ri­ence I will never for­get and feel­ings that brought out such emo­tion, that I ad­mit to hav­ing to wipe dry my eyes. I at­tach some photos of a cou­ple of young ju­ve­nile fal­cons! David Turner

Ian Matthews Hope you like the at­tached pic­tures of a Mag­pie and a rat play­ing in the snow. This went on for 10 min­utes or more un­til they de­cided enough was enough and they went their sep­a­rate ways with nei­ther be­ing hurt.

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