This year myself and two friends – Borja and Josemi – have been busy establishing a bird photography hide in the desert steppe area of Monegros near Zaragoza. We have dug a small pond which we keep replenished with water and two hides – one for the morning light and one for the evening. The work is gradually bearing fruit as birds begin to trust the site and some fantastic specimens are coming to drink.
I spent an evening there this week and saw some great birds – the highlight were Rollers and we also enjoyed watching hundreds of Starlings coming to drink and wash and saw our first Black Bellied Sandgrouse (sorry no pics) which bodes well for the future. We´re hoping for Bonelli´s and Golden Eagle plus Hen and Montagues Harriers – we´ll keep you posted!
Please get in touch if you´d like to try hide photography and/or birding with us in Monegros. Among other species we see Great and Little Bustards, 4 Eagle Species, Black Bellied and Pin tailed Sandgrouse and many Larks including the elusive Duponts Lark!
Red Billed Chough
©Richard Cash, Alto Aragón. 2018