Why is the Wryneck so called?

The Wryneck gets its name from the ability to turn its head from side to side and back and forth in the manner of a snake.  This ability is thought to imitate a snake, to deter predators from their nest.  They will also assume this habit when held in the hand.  See our video

The Wryneck Jynx torquilla is a member of the Woodpecker family of birds.  It has a large head, compared to its body, and a very long tongue, used to extract insect prey from crevices.  Like all Woodpeckers, it has the curiosity of having two front forward-pointing toes and two backward pointing ones; unlike all birds with three forward and one back.

 

This one was trapped at the Gibraltar Bird Observatory where it was measured, ringed and released; not before exhibiting its characteristic head-twisting feature.

Gibraltar Swallow found in Angola

Gibraltar Swallow found in Angola

A Barn Swallow, ringed at the Bird Observatory at Jews' Gate, was found in Chibia, Angola.  The Swallow, ringed on the 16th October 2017, flew into the window of a house in the town of Chibia in Angola on the 20th March 2018.

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Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

Spring is now well underway, and with it comes a spectacular display of flowering plants on the Rock.

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Hawk and Owl Rescued and Released

Hawk and Owl Rescued and Released

With the Spring passage in full flight (pun not intended), our Raptor Unit has been kept very busy over the past few weeks.

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La Janda Outing

La Janda Outing

It was a glorious day as we set off towards La Janda a convoy of 4 cars with 12 eager birders and hopeful photographers.

First stop was breakfast at the convenient last stop Apollo X1  Venta before the huge expanse of flooded rice fields and ditches that was our destination.

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Seabird Outing success

Seabird Outing success

The Seabird Outing  to Europa Point was very enjoyable, with over 20 people in attendance throughout the afternoon, including some avid photographers, among which were John Sanchez and Albert Yome who led the outing, and Tommy Finlayson, Jason Mesilio, Shane Shacaluga and Trevor Hammond; all kitted out with their telephoto lenses at the ready. 

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Dismay at Handling of Illegal Raking Case

Dismay at Handling of Illegal Raking Case

GONHS has noted the regrettable outcome of the illegal raking case, which dates back to an incident at Catalan Bay on 26th December 2014, and which GONHS has been closely monitoring.

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Flora of Gibraltar website

Flora of Gibraltar website

The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens together with GONHS launched an online ‘Flora of Gibraltar’ project yesterday.

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Griffon Vulture 'Harry' crosses the Strait

Griffon Vulture 'Harry' crosses the Strait

'Harry', one of the Griffon Vultures that was rescued from the sea in May and was tagged and fitted with a GPS tracker as part of VULTURE TRACK, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar yesterday.

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