Bird Photography - Mallorca/Spain, 04|2013

This spring I planned a short bird photography excursion to Mallorca, Spain, to photograph Mediterranean species such as Balearic Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Audouin’s Gull and Thekla Lark and Tawny Pipit among many others. The first few days proved unexpectedly challenging with strong, cold winds that had many birds skulking, but eventually the weather and thus my odds of getting good images improved dramatically. While Blue Rock Thrush, Woodchat Shrike, Hoopoe were quite common, I didn’t yet manage to get good images of these species. Luckily, however, my main targets Balearic and Sardinian Warbler were common and easily photographed at various locations around the island. Even when the photography was slow, birding never was. Scanning the horizon always resulted in interesting finds...such as the Booted Eagles, which turned out to be very common similar to Buzzards in Switzerland. A Peregrine Falcon, Red Kite, and Kestrels flying by kept me occupied while waiting for photo opportunities. Cetti's Warbler and Nightingale were locally abundant. At dusk the calls of Stone-Curlew and Scops Owl were omnipresent. 
Below you will find a selection of images from this trip. There are many species I didn't succeed with, but this will certainly not have been my last trip to the Mediterranean.

Adult male Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala SamtkopfgrasmückeAdult male Sardinian Warbler, Sylvia melanocephala in Mallorca, Spain. Samtkopfgrasmücke

Audouins Gull calling Ichthyaetus audouinii MajorcaAudouin's Gull calling, Ichthyaetus audouinii, Majorca. Korallenmöwe, Mallorca

Audouins Gull courtship display Ichthyaetus audouinii MajorcaAudouin's Gull courtship display, Ichthyaetus audouinii, Majorca. Korallenmöwe, Mallorca

Audouins Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii Korallenmöwe MallorcaAudouin's Gull, Ichthyaetus audouinii, Majorca. Korallenmöwe, Mallorca

Audouins Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii MajorcaAudouin's Gull swallowed fishing hook, Ichthyaetus audouinii, Majorca. Korallenmöwe, Mallorca

balearic warbler sylvia balearica sarda BalearengrasmückeBalearic Warbler, Sylvia balearica, Majorca. Formerly Marmora's Warbler, Sylvia sarda balearica. Balearengrasmücke, Mallorca.

balearic warbler sylvia balearica sarda Balearengrasmücke 1Balearic Warbler, Sylvia balearica, Majorca. Formerly Marmora's Warbler, Sylvia sarda balearica. Balearengrasmücke, Mallorca.

balearic warbler sylvia balearica sarda Balearengrasmücke 2Balearic Warbler, Sylvia balearica, Majorca. Formerly Marmora's Warbler, Sylvia sarda balearica. Balearengrasmücke, Mallorca.

balearic warbler sylvia balearica sarda Balearengrasmücke 3Balearic Warbler, Sylvia balearica, Majorca. Formerly Marmora's Warbler, Sylvia sarda balearica. Balearengrasmücke, Mallorca. 

balearic warbler sylvia balearica sarda Balearengrasmücke 4Balearic Warbler, Sylvia balearica, Majorca. Formerly Marmora's Warbler, Sylvia sarda balearica. Balearengrasmücke, Mallorca.

Male Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala SamtkopfgrasmückeAdult male Sardinian Warbler, Sylvia melanocephala, Majorca. Samtkopfgrasmücke, Mallorca.

scops owl zwergohreule otus scopsScop's Owl, Otus scops, Majorca. Zwergohreule, Mallorca.

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris Brachpieper MallorcaTawny Pipit, Anthus campestris, Majorca. Brachpieper, Mallorca

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris MajorcaTawny Pipit, Anthus campestris, Majorca. Brachpieper, Mallorca

Thekla Lark Galerida theklae Majorca TheklalercheThekla Lark singing in Majorca, Galerida theklae. Theklalerche, Mallorca.

Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis CistensängerZitting Cisticola, Cisticola juncidis, Majorca. Cistensänger, Mallorca.

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