Category Archives: birds

World Wetlands Day 2011


This week I want to celebrate World Wetlands Day: “2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on 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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A year and 5 monthe after the fire


In Sierra Cabrera (Mojácar, Spain) there was a wild fire in 29 July 2009. Now all the mountains have some vegetation. However, from a distance, the burn and the unburnt areas have different colour. In order to work out if … 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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