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Pond of San Juan. Chinchón I.

Posted Friday 21st November 2014 at 08:20 by Moncho
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I arrived to the pond of San Juan in Chinchón near Aranjuez before 9 am because the day was a public holiday. It is one of the very few natural ponds of Madrid, since the majority of ponds are abandoned sand farms. After parking the car I listened a few invisible birds into the riparian trees. But then I saw this female stonechat alongside the path. Yonder a male perched on a reed, but I was surprised by a dark red bird bellow it. It was a red avadat, red munia or strawberry...
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Saving farmland breeding waders.

Posted Monday 17th November 2014 at 22:18 by Rick and Elis
Mountain Plovers and Black-tailed Godwits don't seem at first glance to have much in common, but in one respect they do.

In the USA the Mountain Plover is traditionally a bird that breeds on the open short-grass Prairies. This habitat, like so many others has changed beyond recognition for the large part due to the expansion of agriculture swallowing up great swathes of it. The areas that are left have often been changed too with the irradication of Prairie Dog towns and the loss...
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Pine forest upon river navalmedio in Cercedilla

Posted Friday 14th November 2014 at 22:18 by Moncho
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I walked with my family in Guadarrama mountains beside Madrid. I could use it as an example of the variations of animals according to the heights and vegetation. If my photos from the Rias Baixas coast at 0 meters above sea level have a particular wildlife, ponds in the plain in the river have another at 500 meters, I expected another 1,400 meters above sea level and in the pine forests of Navalmedio stream coming down Navacerrada Pass.
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From Russia with love

Posted Sunday 9th November 2014 at 21:17 by efrs
Cut a long story short I googled my old Zenit camera, a 12XP. Something I had used once back in the 90s and since either lost or thrown away. It was a tank but did see me well through my walking trips through Europe back in the day. I then came across something that caught my eye. A Zenit Photosniper (Or Fotosnaiper). It just screamed 'boys toys' to me. I had to have one. Its an interesting story if you care to look into it. Anyway a few trawls through ebay and within a week I had one. An FS-3 version...
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Pond of Soto de la Cuevas. Aranjuez.

Posted Friday 7th November 2014 at 09:50 by Moncho
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Another year I looked for flamingos unsuccessfully. They are a little group of juvenile birds that have appeared in the last two years in the fall, but they are elusive from me. I was on the exact date were they were seem last year but even so I was not successful, but it is obvious that going in the walk with family I wasn´t the more extreme birder for look for in all river bends.
Anyway I saw a large number of coots as usual, but fewer ducks than last year,...
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