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Birding at High Altitude

Road to top

Best not to look down, this road climbs up dramatically from the valley floor to over 6000 feet

Crossbill wave

The locals were friendly and gave us a wave on the way up

Cow road block

Round the next corner we found a rather large roadblock!

Butterfly beauty

Even the butterflies were breathtaking at this altitude

bird habitat

This is where you find the special birds, amongst the boulders

Citril Finch

A party of Citril Finches dropped in right next to us, how jammy was that!

Alpina Accentor juv

A juvenile Alpine Accentor popped up and showed off

Water Pipit fence

Several Water Pipits were at this altitude but always flighty and hard to photograph

The birding up here was truly spectacular: Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush were hopping about on the roadside; Black Redstarts were everywhere; Griffon Vultures soared above us; noisy gangs of both Alpine and Red-billed Choughs cavorted through the skies; both Rock and Cirl Buntings entertained us on the way up along with armies of Bonelli's Warblers and Crested Tits, while raptors over the wooded areas included Short-toed and Booted Eagles.

Other side

The view from the summit looking down into the valley below

Ruth looks raptors

On the way back down, we stopped numerous times to look for Black Woodpecker, symbol of the national park. At last, success in the beechwoods in the valley bottom

All in all, a fantastic trip. Three very different habitats each with a whole new range of bird species, all within an easy drive of each other so minimum driving time, maximum birding time! And with excellent red wine and tapas while doing the bird list in the evening, what more could you ask for?

We're running an 8-day Saturday-Saturday tour here in April 2012, so watch this space for details. If you'd like more information in the meantime about this or any of our other trips, please email us on

PS. Due to a cancellation, we have one space left on our forthcoming 3-day Norfolk weekend 12th-14th August, the perfect time to catch up with all the breeding birds and huge numbers of migrants. If you'd like to join us for the best of Norfolk birding or would like to receive more details of this great trip, why not email us on


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