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Ocaña Salt Marsh

Posted Friday 2nd January 2015 at 06:49 by Moncho
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Taking advantage of my visit to Aranjuez I went to the nearby Salobral de Ocaña. This temporary little marsh produce salt crusts. There is not special birds or animals. However this is a protected area for the variety and rarity of halophytes present as sea-lavender, statice, marsh-rosemarye and arbardine. Apart from the odd scenic beauty of the place. Despite I did not expect to see much wildlife I saw footprints in the mud what with this excrements in a prominent...
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Ocaña Salt Marsh

Posted Friday 2nd January 2015 at 06:49 by Moncho
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Taking advantage of my visit to Aranjuez I went to the nearby Salobral de Ocaña. This temporary little marsh produce salt crusts. There is not special birds or animals. However this is a protected area for the variety and rarity of halophytes present as sea-lavender, statice, marsh-rosemarye and arbardine. Apart from the odd scenic beauty of the place. Despite I did not expect to see much wildlife I saw footprints in the mud what with this excrements in a prominent...
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Great Knots and Bar-tailed Godwits with satellite transmitters in the East Asian-Aust

Posted Tuesday 30th December 2014 at 23:15 by Rick and Elis
Chris Hassell who is based in Broome in Western Australia reports that a number of Great Knots and Bar-tailed Godwits have had satellite transmitters attached to them to track their migration movements in the coming year for the EAAF satellite transmitter project being carried out by him, Ginny Chan, Lee Tibbitts and Theunis Piersma.

Sufficient numbers of Great Knot were caught on 22/10/2014 for the project's needs...http://www.waderquest.org/2014/12/gr...wits-with.html
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Mar de Ontígola. Aranjuez. Other species

Posted Friday 26th December 2014 at 13:29 by Moncho
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Beside purple swamphen I saw other species in Mar de Ontígola in Aranjuez. I could see four Marsh Harriers like this females or this male marsh harrier.
I also saw fourteen teals. In fact I was following them when I found the purple swamphens.
Also there were ten shovelers
I counted 24 mallards in a large group, although there was more single or in couples between the reeds.
Other less abundant species were three coots, great crested grebes...
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Atlapetes blancae, 8 years later, still not found. Wish or Species?

Posted Saturday 20th December 2014 at 08:00 by dolhijn
his newly described species is listed as Critically Endangered because there are no known populations and the last record is from 1971; consequently if it does remain extant it is assumed that any population must be tiny. The species was collected on the Llano de Ovejas, a small plateau at 2,400-2,800 m. This species has been discovered solely based on three speciemens in musea. It had been collected last in 1971, the two other speciemens are undated. In fact, in conservation terms there is not...
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