Foz de Lumbier is a gorge in Navarra which is famous for the colony of vultures which can easily be watched while hiking on a former railway track.
We followed the signs to Foz de Lumbier and found a spacious parking which costs 2,50 Euros including a map and information about the hike. (42.638258, -1.307590)
For the longer route, which is only 2 hours, we first walked around the gorge and over the hill until we reached the river and the former railway line.
After we had passed a tunnel of 200 metres with no lights – good that we had our baby torch with us – we finally reached the gorge and the area the vultures breed.
We were equipped with a 500mm lens, it just had no autofocus and the griffon vultures didn’t keep still 🙁 But we could watch them circle above us and saw one sitting in his nest, which was very exiting. The griffon vulture has a wingspan of about 2.5 metres. Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which they find by soaring over open areas. Sadly European laws prohibid that dead animals are left in the open and therefore vultures struggle to find enough food.
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