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Birding in Ibiza

Ibiza

My wife and I spent some days in Ibiza with friends enjoying good weather and the one or the other bottle of wine. We have been renting a house in the middle of no-where that gave me some opportunities to look for birds. Every morning we did a walk with Dalia (the house owners dog) that became our friend and always stayed with us when we were at the house.

During these walks we saw a lot of birds but they were quite spooky and I wasn’t really able to photograph them. So I usually did go again for the walk without my beloved companions to try to get some decent shots. Many of the sightings were life birds.

Unfortunately we had a very bad experience in Eivissa, the capital of Ibiza. We were walking the old town and found a house with many tiny bird cages were birds were kept with almost no space. There was one Europen goldfinch that wasn’t able to move at all due to the small cage. I called the owner of the house – an old lady – and begged her to free the bird. I even told her that I will pay money if she will let the birds fly. That old cu*t started yelling at us that we don’t understand that this is a habit and that people do that everywhere and blabla fck you… I tried to free the bird myself but a guy approach me and started arguing with me that I should leave the bird in peace (how sarcastic). I also begged him to let the bird fly but he also told me about their fcking bullshit habits and traditions. After like 20 minutes of arguing my wife and I left (I am a peaceful person but at one point I wasn’t sure if I should start a fight and punch that guy straight in his face – I didn’t) – but I cursed him and and the old lady… shall they rotten in hell. I am sorry for these bad language but I have zero tolerance for animal abuse. Unfortunately this is the world we live in – we cage, we abuse, we kill, we slaughter and we eat animals. Humanity (I still can’t find the adjective human in humanity) the biggest parasite on this planet and the planets only hope to survice is if humanity will become extinct.

Flycatcher

The Spotted flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) was kind of always by my side and gave me some opportunities the get a little bit more familiar with the species. I haven’t had any chances so far to spend time with these little birds so I enjoyed their company quite a bit.

The first few shots of perching birds were tricky. Some of them I did in the morning while walking Dalia, some of the have been taken out of the car (the car is a good blind for birds as they are used and not afraid of them).

Flightshots are a bit trickier. I didn’t had any camouflage nor a hide and therefore I wasn’t able to get close enough – these birds are quite spooky.

I only saw a Pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) once.

Doves

I am a big fan of doves – I think they are very beautiful. There was a pair of Collard doves (Streptopelia decaocto) that was visiting our house on a daily base.

Unfortunately I only saw a Turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) once. This beautiful bird is categorized as vulnerable by the IUCN red list, it’s population is decreasing and therefore needs protection.

Serin

Serin’s (Serinus serinus) are the smallest European species of the finch family. I believe all of the following pictures are Serins. I am saying this as Serins are quite easily mistaken with Siskins or Yellowhammers whereas all of the three bird species can be seen on Ibiza.

Stonechat

What a beauty – European stonechat’s (Saxicola rubicola) are small little birds that belong to the family of the Old World flycatcher. I believe that the first shot shows a female and the second one shows a male bird.

Woodchat shrike

I have a thing for shrikes and I was very happy to see Woodchat shrike ( Lanius senator) in the garden of the house.

European goldfinch

Europen goldfinche (Carduelis carduelis) – as mentioned in the intro section – I am praying for you every day.

Swift

The Common swift’s (Apus apus) only showed up one night when the weather was changing towards a rainy night.

Falcon

I saw a couple of Peregrine falcons (Falco peregrino) as well as some Eurasian hobbies (Falco subbuteo) but I wasn’t able to capture them. The Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) however was hunting a few times close by our house.

Europen bee-eater

I was lucky enough to see a couple of times European bee-eater’s (Merops apiaster) but they only once stayed hunting in our area. On one of the below pictures we can see a Bee-eater next to a Shrike on a tree. How fantastic is that? Seems like they tolerate each other in their hunting area.

Some flowers and a little itsy bitsy spider

A few flowers from the garden while I was waiting on birds.

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Animals are awesome and need our protection. Don’t cage, hurt, kill or eat animals. Its wrong.

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