Education & leisure meet on a stunning WE-Nature tour in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park in South East Spain
Today we've had the opportunity to enjoy a day trip with six lovely clients, Mathew, Sam, Ben, Jonathan and their parents Philip and Jo. It's been an amazing day, starting on the salt pans where we saw Flamingoes, Grey Herons, Cattle Egrets, Shell-ducks, Avocets and Northern Shovelers, in the company of a persistent but soft rain that our guests have stoically endured. After that we've gone to the smaller Rambla de Morales lagoon westwards, where we have enjoyed with the presence of some couples of White-headed Ducks, a lot of Coots, some Common Moorhens, more Flamingoes, Gulls and some Eurasian Curlews. In the beach near the lagoon we've performed a short game trying to identify pebbles from different origins, metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary ones, and we've understood some of the signs of the presence of the Carboneras Fault, one of the most important faults in the Wild East.
The weather was becoming better as time passes and we headed to the Cabo de Gata lighthouse area. There we saw the incredible lava coladas and volcanic tuffs related to the early stages of volcanic eruptions in the region, which extended from 14 to 7 million years ago and covered an area of more than 100 km long and 10 km width. The submarine eruption mechanism was dominant as we've seen in the Vela Blanca Hill, where we've been surrounding by a breathtaking landscape and by endemic species of plants like the Cabo Snapdragon (antirrhinum charidemi), and incredible birds as the stone carrier Black Wheatear, Robins, African Stonechats or the black redstart. The best of all is that we've enjoyed a misty day that is not usual in Europe's warmer corner, and so the landscape has given us some uncommon postcard images. I thank Philip and Jo's family for their confidence and the funny day that we've spent together. Thanks and hope to see you again!
Apasionado de la ciencia, la fotografía y los viajes. Geólogo de formación y guía de naturaleza por vocación.