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Halloween birding in Cabañeros National Park surroundings

Posted Friday 30th October 2015 at 07:24 by Moncho
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I usually went to Cabañeros National Park in Halloween. This has finished but I will show now the photos of this trips.

Two years ago I had seem a group of 40 early season cranes flying over Alcalá de Henares on 17 October in search of their winter quarters. I were maturing the idea of ​​approaching Cabañeros National Park on All Saint´s Day weekend to take a walk and perhaps to see cranes.

The first day we went down from Navillas by the Marchés stream. Initially abundance of jays frightened by the shots of hunters. Some azur magpie, somewhat later common magpies and a crow. Perhaps a long-tailed tit. When we reached the dry end of Torcón reservoir three common sandpips and the first Lapwing of the year year. Abundance of larks

Suddenly a little owl jumped two fly from a rock just in front. My tracing up Torcón river from the reservoir had a good payment because I saw the flight of an spanish imperial eagle, and twice a couple of roe deer.

The second day we went from San Pablo de los Montes to Cerillón peak, we saw a kestrel in Rebollar Pass and a bunch of vultures at the rigth of the summit. We saw a roe deer, a lot of roe deer droppingsand we heared in the wooded valley to the south their characteristic barking sound. We were surprised by the strong flapping of a group of partridges when we reach the summit.

When we were coming back to San Pablo, we saw a dead young ladder snake, beside the stone that was used for kill it, possibly mistaken for a true viper.

The last day we went to Casa Palillos the Information Office of Cabañeros National Park, and we saw lots of deers in the distance, and two fawns passe in front us. But the cranes were not appear, even though the park guide claimed he had seen and heard someone, while recognizing that still had to get the bulk of them. From there we went to Santa Quiteria where we took the car for dirt tracks to Alcoba, bordering the park.

Beside the dirt tracks Magpies and many larks. Some distant prey bird. In the afternoon from Alcoba we insist on the slopes surrounding the park where we saw a marsh harrier, and magpies. At the end of a track we arriv to a gate of the park where we could see very close half a dozen of surprised deers. On the way back we could already take a picture of one of the roe deer we had been watching the whole trip.

A month later, on december, we went another day to the same place. We walk on Navalrincón path in Cabañeros and in a hunting lodge inside the park we saw these deers

It is noteworthy that in a national park is allowed to hunting.

The reason is that more than half of the Park are private game states.

There was a plan to purchase private lands, and some funds in the Ministry of Environment for it, but as I was told for one of the guards of the Park the sinking of the tanker Prestige made those funds were used for compensations of the black tide, so the park remained in private propierty largely.

In the National Parks Law 2007 was as a term for hunting permits in 2017, this Law was reformed in November 2014 have been extended hunting rights until 2020, arguing that compensations to landowners and municipalities would cost 300 million euros

Environmentalists say they are only 30 Million

In any case the extinction of the wolf produces an overpopulation of deer and wild boars taht can only be controlled by hunting or the reintroduction of wolves.

In the vicinity of San Pablo de los Montes we could also see many cinereous vultures, another jewel of Cabañeros. Iberian Peninsule is now the only place in Europe to see them except a small group in the Balkans and some reintroduced in France. In Asian population are abundant from Turkey to China.

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