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Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) Embalse de Vadiello, Aragón, Spain. Nov 11, 2021 Fall,Geotagged,Spain,Tichodroma muraria,Wallcreeper Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)

Embalse de Vadiello, Aragón, Spain. Nov 11, 2021

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  1. One of the highlights of the trip! The sole member of its family, and one of Europe's most distinctive birds.
    The spot around this reservoir is a know wintering spot for wallcreepers, and we spent a couple hours scanning the tall cliffs that surround it, to no avail.
    We were finally heading back to the car, to go try our luck at another spot, walking across the top of the dam, when I spotted it on the cement surface, less than 10 meters from us, actually below eye level!
    Watching it for several minutes as it probed cracks and holes, flicking its butterfly wings every couple of seconds, was an absolute treat.
    Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
  2. Amazing encounter, Thibaud!

    I love how they flutter their wings:
    Posted one year ago
    1. Yep, they're such cool little birds! Posted one year ago
  3. What an interesting bird Thibaud. Well done Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Niel! Posted one year ago
  4. Great shot, that is a VERY difficult bird to see - let alone photograph. Congratulations! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Barry! This area of Spain if famous for them, though, especially in winter. We actually saw another one a few days later, though from much farther away. I had reasonably good hopes of finding one, but never in a million years would I have dreamed to see one that close up! Posted one year ago
      1. Yeah, shame that I didn't know about it, I was in Spain recently and I would have swung by for a try - I have never seen one! Maybe next time. Posted one year ago
        1. Damn, bad luck. Next time indeed! Posted one year ago
  5. Glorious shot, Thibaud! Very envious. Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Natty! Posted one year ago
  6. Today's Facebook post:

    The wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) is the only extant member of the family Tichodromidae, which, in ancient Greek, translates to "which runs on the walls". It can found throughout the high mountains of southern Eurasia, but is generally considered rare because it is usually found in low densities.

    The wallcreeper is perfectly adapted to climbing! It has powerful legs that allow it to hang from vertical rock faces. Using its long, thin beak, it gleans arthropods from crevices in the rock.

    Like a scurrying mouse, it often goes unnoticed when climbing rock faces with its wings closed. But, in flight, it resembles a large butterfly with fluttering wings that reveal a stunning black and red pattern, splattered with contrasting white dots! It is both charismatic and unique! {Spotted in Spain by Thibaud Aronson} #JungleDragon #wallcreeper #Tichodromamuraria

    Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Christine! Posted one year ago
      1. You're welcome! Posted one year ago
  7. Very Unique & Cute Bird. Great to learn about the species. Posted one year ago

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The wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) is a small passerine bird found throughout the high mountains of Eurasia from southern Europe to central China. It is the only extant member of both the genus Tichodroma and the family Tichodromidae.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Nov 16, 2021. Captured Nov 11, 2021 10:57 in Embalse de Vadiello, 22192, 22192, Huesca, Spain.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/9.0
  • 1/1600s
  • ISO2500
  • 358mm