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“Photographier les Oiseaux Sauvage” by Franck Renard

Words from the author himself, Franck Renard:

The title of my new book is Photographier les oiseaux sauvage (Photographing wild birds)

Photographier les Oiseaux Sauvage by Franck Renard

It is a guide for beginners in which I give some information and advice to improve the quality of its images of birds in the nature.

Naturally there are some pictures of lammergeiers and Birdinginspain.com is quoted in the practical information !

The book is available on the site of the publisher in France, at this address : www.image-nature.com/objet_126.html

Franck was with us in the Lammergeier hides in February.

I hope your book sells out, Franck. I’ll be ordering mine very soon (and with it the opportunity to practice my secondary school French reading comprehension).

Paddle your canoe

Birding by canoe on the River Ebro 

On a hot summer’s day going canoeing with friends is not a bad idea. Get some exercise, enjoy the landscape, tranquillity and wildlife, have a laugh and be left with the perfect excuse for enjoying a good meal in a local restaurant. If the sun beats down hard there is the shade of the gallery woodland, and you can always splash a bit more as you paddle along. Oh, and wear your swimming costume in case you overturn – as I did.

Miravet and the River Ebro by canoe

11 of us, ranging in age from 11 to a little over 50 paddled the 12 km between Miravet and Benifallet. The nature and adventure sports company Beniemocions based in Benifallet provided the canoes, the tuition, the guidance and also transported us to the river’s edge. Thanks Beniemocions! We had a great time.
 
Here’s the list of the birds I remember seeing along the river:
6 or more Squacco Herons
1 Purple Heron
2 Little Egrets
2 Kingfishers
3 Grey Wagtails
1 Short-toed Eagle
Several Golden Orioles (calling mostly)
Several Bee-eaters
1 Sardinian Warbler

Combine all that activity with a visit to the village and castle of Miravet, the caves of Benifallet, a walk in the sierras of Cardó or Pàndols, an afternoon on the beach, or else somewhere nice and quiet to enjoy a well-deserved siesta.

Birding by canoe on the River Ebro
 

Thanks to Ramon for the use of his photos!

New BirdingInSpain Lammergeier and vulture video

At last Gerd Herren’s super Lammergeier and vulture video is up on the BirdingInSpain.com website! And it’s a film that anyone remotely interested in photographing or filming raptors should not miss.

Belgian Gerd Herren is a professional film-maker who spent several days with his friend Franck Renard in our Lammergeier hides in February. In this short film, approximately 8 minutes long, he magnificently portrays some of their unforgettable experiences, let alone the unique images of Lammergeiers and other vultures they obtained! 

Driving to the lammergeier hide in the snow

Driving along a mountain track in a snowstorm?

How many Lammergeiers?

That’s Steve and Belgian bird photographer Franck Renard. What are they talking about?

Black Vulture at the Lammergeier hide

Black Vultures? In the Pre-Pyrenees of Lleida, Spain?

Adult Lammergeier, Gypaetus barbatus, with food

A Lammergeier, or Bearded Vulture, with a meaty bone. What’s going to happen next?

The Pre-pyrenees after the snow

The mountains look lovely in the snow, but what about the vultures?

Lammergeiers, Gypaetus barbatus, in the snow in Spain

Well, the snow certainly hasn’t kept the Lammergeiers away!

Lammergeiers, Gypaetus barbatus, at the Lammergeier feeding station

Admiration or rivalry

Click on this link in the photography section of the BirdingInSpain.com website to see the full video.