Regularly part of the Tour de France route, this 1,474-metre Pyrenean pass is also bird of prey central in summer and autumn

It’s not the highest pass in the Pyrenees, nor perhaps the most spectacular. And it certainly doesn’t get the attention of close neighbours, the Tourmalet and Aubisque. But for me the Col du Soulor is wonderful for two reasons. First, it was the first Pyrenean pass that I managed to cycle up, much to my own surprise – it’s 1,474 metres above sea level. Second, it is one of the world’s great birdwatching spots.

In late summer, the little grassy knolls either side of the narrow tarmac road are populated by people with binoculars. Every now and again, a massive bird will come swooping over their heads, sometimes crashing to an undignified halt among the herds of horses that always seem to be around.

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Source: The Guardian

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