On our second day in the Yolyn Am Canyon in mid-October, we encountered more ibex such as this handsome billy. The sheer number of raptors was astounding.
Out trusty Russian van slipped through a seemingly impossible passage. Here and there, falcon, hawk and eagle’s nests were perched on ledges along the craggy, vertical walls.
A saker falcon stretches his wings during a morning of hunting.
Small birds and mammals abound in the canyon, providing ample forage for raptors and other predators. On this morning, swarms of wheatears seemed oblivious to this rough-legged hawk, which was probably hoping to score one of the canyon’s many small mammals.
This shy pica had good reason to be on high alert.
Probably a mated pair, these rough-legged hawks were hunting along a spring creek.
During our two-day journey on foot and by van through the canyon, we saw over 20 ibex.
Bearded, muscular and with iron-like knobbed…
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