Sunday, 31 January 2010


Well, exactly not over Barcelona but over Collserola massif, the green lung of the city. When autumn comes, migratory birds from North and Centre Europe fly to the South warmer areas to spend the winter. The Collserola massif is in the route known as EMIGRATION LITORAL ROUTE. Since 20 years, from Magarola’s peak, a privileged observatory, staff from Collserola Park follow and count the thousands birds of prey that pass during the months of September and October. Every morning, from September 13th till October 12th, the little observatory is open for all the visitors who want to enjoy the sight. It is important to bring binoculars and in the observatory will find park staff that will help us to identify the birds. All the information can be found in

The Saturday 13th’s daybreak was beautiful and clear as a glass in Barcelona and I went to Magarola’s peak. I’m a birds of prey lover (see my Tunis photo) and is a fine way to spend a sunny morning. It is very difficult to get good photos of the birds, because although you can see them pretty well through the binoculars, they never get real close; you must know that from the observatory we can see till Barcelona’s harbour in one side and till Montserrat and Sant Llorenç de Munt at the other side. I was lucky. I saw plenty of honey buzzards, goshawks, kestrels and even a spectacular air battle between and marsh harrier and a sparrow hawk, much smaller, just over us. It looked like a Second World War fight between a fighter and a bomber.


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