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Balearic Islands

The Birds


One thing we are looking forward to is to explore the bird-life of this island. It is said that there are - or have been seen -
about 150 different bird species in the recent years.
Amongst these are Audouin's Gull, Blue Rock Thrush, Thekla Lark. Booted eagle and Red Kite are easy to see as is
Egyptian Vulture in the right habitat. In summer you get Bee-eaters and Menorca has major colonies of Cory's Shearwater
and Balearic Shearwater.

Audouin's Gull, Ichthyaetus audouinii


the most noticeable is the short stubby red bill and "string of pearls" when
it folds its wings back.

In the late 1960s, this was one of the World's rarest gulls, with a population of only 1,000 pairs.
It has established new colonies, but remains rare with a population of about 10,000 pairs.

ARKive video - Audouin's gull - overview
BBC Natural History Unit

Blue Rock Thrush, Monticola solitarius

Thekla Lark, Galerida theklae


but when we got down here to Menorca, first part of March, the birds in the town Mahon
were to difficult to distinguish, except for the common sparrow.

But soon we got on the way to Albufera National Park, just 6-8 kilometers north of Mahon.

A very beautiful scenic landscape:

But because the Menorcians love their island, and want to keep it that way, access to the area
was very limited, as shown on the map below. Several paths we passed were prohibited paths.

To leave the paths were forbidden. And we can understand why, as if hundreds of visitors during the summer-
season were to crowd all of the area, nothing would be left wi\thin short.

As it was now, wildlife is preserved in a very clever way - to make all of us happy.



White- and grey egrettas were common. On our walk that lasted for 3 hours at least,
we met 4 people. The number of egrettas we observed, near or distant,
were about 10 times as many.

There was surely a lot of both rare and common birds here, but one thing were missing out .
our birdwatching telescope was back at home. So who knows what we saw?

Far west on our route No.2, we found this wetland, which was long time ago used as a rice-field.
It didn't pay off, so it was given back to nature.

On what seems like a bridge in the middle of the area, the cormorants and different ducks were lined up.
Other waterbirds were around in the water.

Walls like this one were placed several places near the water, with a sign asking us to keep silent.
Carefully approaching these could give us a very good sight of the birds.


There was a pair of Great Crested Grebes that gave me some trouble to have them into my camera....
I used my binocular and my small Nicon camera, but they were too far away to have any success.
However, you can read more about them, and see some more pictures in my bird-section of the web.

That was our first visit here. The flowers and bushes were also interesting, which you can see here.
So far we have only been here for 5 days, so there might be more to come.

Near the mainroad to Es Grau, another 2,5 kilometers from where you take off to the Albufera,
there is another part of the National Park.

White egrettas in the lake, and to the right, there are another 8 or more in a tree.

November 2011

Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis - Norw. Dvergdykker





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