Category Archives: Almería

The Almond Tree in Spring


My Mediterranean Tree in May The day before I came back to the UK I took my lovely family on the Trans-Cabrera route. We started it inland and drove across the mountains to the sea, the beautiful blue Mediterranean. I … Continue reading

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I Want to go to Almeria Right Now!


This is a very cheecky video, where are the houses? The are trying to sell houses all the time!

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Look at me, I am not Just a Little Plant!


Today I would like to celebrate the great diversity of the Andalusian Region where the Sierra Cabrera is located. And I am going to write about Limonium, a little plan endemic to this part of the world. Andalusia is the … Continue reading

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The Moor Queen


The Bluethroat is a passerine from the Western Paleartic. Regular during the Winter time in the Iberian Peninsula. In Andalucia (south of Spain) this beautiful bird is known also as Reina Mora (Moor Queen). The arabs lived in the Iberian … Continue reading

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Bonelli’s Eagle and threats


We are fortunate to be able to enjoy the wonderfull Bonelli’s Eagles (Aquila fasciata) in Sierra Cabrera (Almeria), they are one of the rarest birds of prey in Europe. Yet, here in the Mojacar area we sometimes see them flying … Continue reading

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Feels like spring in January!


Flowering rosmary Sierra from the start of the road to Cortijo Grande It was so lovely today in Mojácar that I had to neglect all my obligations as a mother and drove up the mountains of Sierra Cabrera. Many plants … Continue reading

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Wintering Chiffchaff


In the south east of Spain Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps use the flowering aloes in the gardens. This footage was taken in Mojacar 1 Jan 2011.

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What do Black Wheatears eat?


Well, that’s exactly what José A Hodar studied in the Guadix basin, south-east Spain, between 1989 and 1991. And how did he do that? Well, he collected some fecal samples (yes, Black Wheatear poo) and analyzed it. What he found … Continue reading

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Skuas in Mojacar


It is not unusual to see several species of Skuas on the coast of Almeria, some are on passage and some, Bonxies (Stercorarius skua), winter in the area and can be seen among the gulls that follow the fishing boats … Continue reading

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Are the fires good news for the environment?


More fires in Sierra Cabrera? This is not necessarily bad for some species. Some years ago a study in Catalonia described an increase in the Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura) population after fires. The Black Wheatear is a species associated to arid … Continue reading

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