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« on: September 14, 2015, 10:47 AM »
I thought you might like to know that on September 10th I was birdwatching in the Sierra Nevada, I'd only just got above Lanjaron and saw an eagle that I didn't recgonise. I took some ID shots (it was a long way off) one of which is attached. Anyway eventually bumped into some folks from Seprona who were also watching this eagle and they excitedly told us it was a Spanish Imperial Eagle. This is great news for the Sierra Nevada, I have no idea what the records are of seeing this eagle in our are but I imagine it is pretty low as all the books say it does not exist in our area. So a rather exciting day for us.

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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2015, 20:07 PM »
Absolutely beautiful!  :)

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2015, 10:18 AM »
There are Imperial eagles not too far away from you as the eagle flies in the Sierra de Andujar... Fantastic to see one!
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2015, 18:38 PM »
Hi, I'm new to this forum. I just took a picture of (what I think) is an Imperial Eagle close to Alhama de Granada - not sure how to add pictures, can anyone help? I'm using a mac. Cheers

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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2015, 20:04 PM »
Hi Steve... You need to make three posts before you are allowed to upload images... Pop over to the introduce yourself board and post a bit about you... :) welcome to the forum
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2015, 20:38 PM »
Hi Clive

Thanks - maybe this counts as number two ;-) and I'll go and introduce myself.

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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2015, 20:48 PM »
This is the eagle I took a picture of a couple of days ago.

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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2015, 08:43 AM »
Steve,

I think that your very good photo is of a Black Kite (Milvus migrans). For a while I was debating the possibility that it could be a dark phase Booted eagle (Aquila pennata) but Black Kite seems to fit better. (I wait to be corrected!) There have been quite a few seen in the western edge of the Sierra Nevada this year which is not too far from Alhama de Granada. The kites make their way to Gibraltar to cross the straits there. There could easily be more so keep your eyes open!

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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2015, 09:26 AM »
Thanks Quentin
I took another couple of photos about a week before, I don't know if it is the same bird or not.
Apologies for the quality, it was quite a way off and my camera isn't the best.
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2015, 09:28 AM »
The other pic attached