So what’s my six-year-old son doing..standing in the middle of this high open meadow known as Collado de los Amigos or Raso Hornilla? ..on a sunny windy Winter’s day in the shadow of Siete Picos (known in the past as Sierra del Dragón), in the Sierra del Guadarrama? Why he’s flying his kite of course!
No, this is not a shot of some rare raptor in the Guadarrama skies, an unusually colourful Griffon Vulture or a very golden Golden Eagle..it’s my son’s kite. And no, i don’t mean Kite as in the beautiful bird of prey which happens to be quite common locally, i mean cheap plastic kite in the form of a dragon with a long tail. The photo is not very good but surprisingly the extremely fine line holding the kite is visible if you look closely.
It’s not like we were going to go skiing or anything, with the utterly miserable quantity of snow present in the Sierra..below 2200m practically nothing. But flying a kite is a lot of fun, and it was a beautiful day to be out. Flying our dragon below the Sierra del Dragón!
Fauna/language notes: Griffon Vulture – Buitre Leonado, Golden Eagle – Águila Real, Black Kite – Milano Negro. All these birds can be observed in the skies of the Guadarrama, vultures and kites without difficulty..eagles perhaps a little less readily.