This collection of special memories - 'moments' - nominated by Honeyguiders was sparked by reading this in the RSPB's Birds magazine (spring 2009) ...
"I was on a wildlife holiday in the Pyrenees; the group leader was desperate to show us a lammergeier. Lammergeiers appeared: such colour, such movement: such a look of rhapsody on the leader's face. An indelible memory."
Joyce Ball was on a Honeyguide holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees, the leader was Rob Hume, editor of Birds. It reminded Angela Turner of this 'moment', in October 1996: same area, same leader!
"Rob Hume was absolutely desperate to find a wallcreeper for us. We searched and searched the steep cliff face in Foz de Binies, and, eventually, on our last morning, had success. It showed off brilliantly to us, but the abiding memory is of Rob really sprinting up the road to the minibus to fetch his newly married wife, Marcella! Such excitement."
There's more on wallcreepers on our wallcreepers nature notes page.
Berdún in the Spanish Pyrenees (Chris Gibson)
Now one from me (Chris Durdin), which came back to me when I was in Portugal. Again it's more people than wildlife, in this case in Algarve with our regular friends from the Salisbury & District Natural History Society.
A casual remark about picnic afters led to our host Deric Brown disappearing to a café and returning with a large plate of pudding with strawberries for Rosemary Nicholls (both pictured, right, I trust you can work out which is which...)
Suki Sharples, just back from her first Honeyguide holiday with a group from the Cambridge U3A Bird Club, writes: "I'm relatively new to birding and also enjoy word play, so loved the moment when, in Crete, already laughing about Sceptical Warblers, someone mentioned what I heard as Gullible Terns... a good combination!" (Sadly, we have no picture of spectacled warbler or gull-billed tern ... Ed.)