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Since the Balearic islands were geographically isolated from the Iberian peninsula some fifty million years ago, there has been plenty of time for the islands to develop their own distinctive flora and fauna.
The raptors that live in the mountains of northwest Mallorca attract a lot of attention from birders. The Serra de Tramuntana is home to ospreys, red kites, Eleanora's falcons, kestrels, peregrines, several species of eagles, and the rare black vulture. There are only fifty or so black vultures remaining, but they breed on the seacliffs in November and you have a pretty good chance of spotting one around Puig Massanella or in the Boquer valley near Port de Pollenca. Seabirds, including shearwaters and shags, can be seen nesting along the seacliffs of the Cap de Formentor.
The S'Albufera wetlands, part of which have recently been designated a nature preserve, are one of the premier birding places in all of the Balearics. The resident species are supplemented by hundreds of migrating birds, including herons, egrets, flamingoes, and green sandpipers. On the opposite side of Mallorca, check out the Salinas de Levante, where waders and terns can be found. In both places, the great number of prey species attracts raptors, including marsh harriers, kestrels, and ospreys.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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