On Friday this week I returned to Adamuz to visit the hides of Alpacin. This company constructs hides to allow nature photographers and wildlife enthusiasts like me to view and photograph some amazing and iconic species close at hand, and in this they have been hugely successful. Finding the right location, getting landowners permission, building hides and baiting them to keep the subjects returning regularly is a costly exercise requiring great expertise, so quite naturally it is expensive to access, but in my opinion worth every cent for such amazing experiences and photo opportunities. It also helps with conservation and encourages the local people to value the natural wonders around them.
Having already visited the Golden Eagle and Passerine hides (see May 2022) this time I chose to see the Bonellis Eagles then fill my time watching Common Buzzards. Bonellis Eagles are incredibly beautiful raptors with a very restricted and shrinking range within Europe, so it was an easy choice for me.
Once settled in the hide the eagle pair appear and usually stay for about thirty minutes so photographers need to be set and ready for them. As with the Golden Eagles my 500 and 400mm prime lenses are a bit too long for such close encounters so I also used a 180mm Sigma macro lens for some shots. I post a few of the better images here. It would have been nice to get some flight or open wing shots but unfortunately I didn't manage to get any completely within the frame, still the incredible beauty of these eagles is captured in a few images that I am quite pleased with.
From the Bonellis Hide it was on to the Common Buzzard hide which provided an additional bonus of a pair of foraging Egyptian Mongooses which prowled around right in front of the hide. Both the buzzards and mongooses provided excellent photo opportunities and I post a few of the many good shots here..
Retired seafarer living in Frigiliana, a white village in Malaga Province in southern Spain. Married to Elena. Keen bird and wildlife watchers.
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