Osprey is amongst the most unknown and emblematic raptors of the Iberian geography. We're used to the glamorous Golden Eagle or Iberian Imperial Eagle, and to the spectacular size of the big scavengers, but this unusual predator lives close to us in marshes, wetlands, dams and coasts since ancient times. Recently, reintroduction and conservation programs are succeeding in recovering populations in several places. In Almería, however, the Osprey is definitely not an abundant bird and only several citations through the las decades can be found. It is in West Andalusia and the South of Portugal where most of individuals can be found in wintering period. To be mentioned is the breeding colony in North Africa, to be precise in the Alhoceima National Park Cliffs, where the largest population of the area is located. In general, this bird of prey nest and breed in the East and North of our geography, and some hundreds individuals are though to spend the winter by the Southern Iberian Peninsula, with warm climate and good feeding conditions.
Article about Almería in the Andalucia Bird Society
On late Summer 2015, Brenda Jones, co-editor of the magazine Birds of Andalucia, the quarterly editorial journal of the Andalucia Bird Society, asked me to write an article about Cabo de Gata and Almería to be printed in the Autumn 2015 issue of the magazine. I obviously agree and felt happy of my words being worthy of such publication. The issue is now printed and available for all ABS members, and I hope my lines could help them discover a bit more of the geography and heritage of the Cabo de Gata - Nature Park and Geopark and of all the Almería province. The article, A year in the drylands, is though as a trip through time, unveiling some interesting natural phenomena that occurs during the year, as well as some pills of the Geological History of the province using the classical comparison between a natural year and the age of the Planet Earth. Below you'll find a photograph of the printed article that I want to share with all the followers to which I highly recommend to join the Andalucia Bird Society.
Looking for sustainable development in remote regions
In the early summer 2015 we're receiving the visit of a group of pre-university students from a remote region of Scotland. Since almost one year ago we, at geoGata, in collaboration with our loyal partners in Almería, are designing the contents and experiences that will build up the first international volunteering field camp in nature conservation organised by us. We hold the role of coordination while our friends from the SERBAL Society for the Study and Recovery of the Almería Biodiversity and the Andalusian Centre dealing with Global Change (CAESCG) have helped us so much in giving birth the project. Also, from the Research Group in Water Resources and Environmental Geology of the University of Almería, Prof. J. María Calaforra will show us the particularities and hazards that affect the Sorbas Gypsum Karst in central Almería, as well as it's associated ecosystems.
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.
There are events in life that force you to stay on a fixed place for some time. A stay in a hospital is one of the commonest cases. Fortunately in the window side of the room, I've recently been a companion in a hospital for a while. Looking North, every morning I have seen several flocks of hundreds gulls (most of them Yellow-legged Gull -Larus michahellis) leaving the coast and looking for the protection of the leeward side of the nearby mountains of Sierra Alhamilla. The first morning I saw them in perfectly organized flying formation; the next one, destabilized by strong wind gusts, moving as a chaotic mass. The last, taking vantage of a thermal lift created by the early morning sun rays that pass through the only gap in a cloud covered sky.
Apasionado de la ciencia, la fotografía y los viajes. Geólogo de formación y guía de naturaleza por vocación.