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Back to Spain

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After travelling to the Middle East, our work required us to spend one more week in Algeciras, Spain. Our friends/hosts, you see, live in an unattached house (a rarity in Spain, where most people live in apartments); and that house is only a few minutes’ walk from the delta of the Palmones River.

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The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain

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When I drove to Xábia at the end of April to visit my brother at his new house the rain was pretty much everywhere in Spain. I had prepared for the trip reading Ernest Garcia’s Where to watch birds in Northern & Eastern Spain. May is just an excellent time to visit Spain and Portugal.

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Avian squatters at the end of Europe

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This was in southern Spain, near the town of Zahara de los Atunes in Cádiz Province, on the northern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar. The population is small, perhaps no more than 200 or so pairs, and the main concentration is, again, in Cadiz Province, SW Spain. They breed in colonies, often close to human habitation.

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Birds of Spain

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Spain, with its vibrant culture and natural beauty, has always been at the top of my list of countries to visit. Raúl Tomás of Wildglimpses just put together a brief but breathtaking look at the birds of Spain. If your head hasn’t yet been filled with dreams of the avians of España, wait until you see this video.

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The Changing Fortunes of Europe’s Vultures – Part 3 The Egyptian Vulture

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I couldn’t describe it better than Willoughby Verner did in his book “ My Life Among the Wild Birds in Spain ” published in 1909: “ It is when the Egyptian Vulture or Neophron, as it is also styled, is seen close at hand that it is revealed in all its hideousness. The most recent estimates suggest that some 1,500 pairs breed in Spain.

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No rain in Spain

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Life got in the way and nothing happened until well into the next century when I needed to do a project for a client in Spain. Southern Spain has been suffering from a long-term drought for a few years already. The post No rain in Spain first appeared on 10,000 Birds.

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Fur and Fangs rather than Feathers and Beaks

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The distinctive shape of the antlers is typical of stags in Central Spain An impressive multi-pointed Red Deer stag , photographed in Norfolk where such big stags are not unusual thanks to good feeding When birding abroad, I’ve seen Roe in many different countries, from France to Greece. and Mountain Hares in Scotland and Scandinavia.

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