The Sagres migration season commenced in September as the soaring birds began to arrive in the skies over the southwest tip of Portugal. The Cabranosa is always a great place to take photos – with Black Stork Ciconia nigra putting in occasional close appearances.
September is Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus season. The majority pass quite high as they make their way in and out of the peninsula, but once in Sagres, decent views can be had of this variable species.
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus are the first of the vultures to appear – sometimes spending several days trapped on the tip of the peninsula before they recalibrate their navigation system and head out east, bound for Gibraltar before crossing south to Africa.
Decent sized flocks of Black Kite Milvus migrans were noted during the month, with occasional Red Kite M. milvus and small numbers of Short-toed Eagles Circaetus gallicus also appeared.
Osprey Pandion haliaetus were seen on a regular basis and Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciata almost daily – especially as this year’s juveniles are now moving away from breeding sites further afield.
My personal highlight of the month involved a Spanish Imperial Eagle A. adalberti and an Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae on the same day from one viewpoint – albeit one was a little distant while the other raced through in a matter of a few seconds.
Two-tailed Pasha Charaxes jasius were seen daily in the Barao San Joao area – simply stunning butterflies, and often very confiding.