Archive for March, 2007

White-tailed eagle seen in Spain for first time in 53 years

Monday, March 26th, 2007

A white-tailed eagle (Lat. Haliaaetus albicilla – Sp. Pigargo común) has been seen in Spain for first time in 53 years on Monte Perdido. Observan por primera vez un ejemplar de pigargo europeo en Monte Perdido (El Mundo). This is the first time the bird has been sighted in Aragon. The images were taken by an automatic camera set up to monitor fauna.

According to the Libro Rojo de las Aves, the last sightings of white-tailed eagle in Spain were:

Albufera de Valencia (1887 and 1916), Castellón (1942) and Delta del Ebro-Tarragona (1953). Each individual was shot.

This Ministerio de Medio Ambiente document states they are classified as extinct, and that once definately bred in the Balearics (Ibiza and Mallorca) the latter in 19th (?) century, and possibly in Girona



Follow forum thread on white-tailed eagle in Spain here

Stork webcam in Avila

Monday, March 26th, 2007

The stork webcam in Avila is up and running again 

here in Arévalo in Northen Avila.

Balloon trips in Spain

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

I’ve put together this guide to ballooning and balloon trips in Spain

Balloon trips in Spain

Three lynx cubs born in captivity in Doñana

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Great news! Three lynx cubs have been born in captivity in the El Acebuche centre in Doñana, the first this year. The parents are Aura, a female born in Doñana and Garfio, a male from Sierra Morena. Pairs are deliberately put together from different areas to increase DNA variety.

  First images of cubs

Video here from Canal Sur:

El Pais

 UPDATE Another lynx, Artemisa, unfortunately miscarried Here (El Mundo)Â

 In 2005 and 2006, nine cubs were born of which six survived. More are expected this year. See also

Guide to Catalan and Spanish food

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

I finally got round to posting Frances Barrett’s extremely entertaining writings on food.
Francis Barrett’s Deconstruction of Catalan and Spanish Food A Guide for Newcomers.

A couple extracts below:

  • Sitting in a scenic country spot with a glass of wine and watching Spanish family members preparing a paella over an open fire in a shallow pit is rather like attending a choreographed performance of gender roles; I suppose the same could be said about Americans or Australians or British or even Irish people at a barbecue.
  • Butter { mantequilla } is considered a strange thing to put on bread, but can also be bought with or without salt. Manteca means lard, which can be used for cooking but does not make a good spread. Margarine is sold in supermarkets, but I cannot imagine what sort of moron buys it. Mermelada means both marmalade and jam, and is commonly eaten at breakfast with croisans [croissants] (usually made with manteca rather than mantequilla , so not as nice as the French variety). If you want to see Spaniards go into total shock, give them some Marmite or Vegamite.
  • Â Cardes / cardos / thistles are not widely consumed in Catalunya, but are very popular in Navarra, where several of my friends come from. The stems have to be peeled and boiled for a very long time in salty water, but the result is very pleasant either on its own or in combination with peppered celery and / or broccoli. They have a high reputation as a heal-all, being supposed even to cure the plague. Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing contains the line: ‘Get you some of this distilled Carduus Benedictus and lay it to your heart; it is the only thing for a qualm…. I mean plain Holy Thistle.’ This presumably refers to external application, but many older Spaniards regard thistle soup as medicinal in the same way as soup made from / ortigas / nettles and / dock leaves. Galicians also recommend Rubarbio / rhubarb for medicinal purposes but I’ve never heard anyone here enthuse about their granny’s rhubarb recipes, and Catalans seem to regard all these plants as only fit for donkeys

Plan to protect Montjuic

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Despite all the changes Montjuic has suffered in recent years, the hill still has considerable biological and geological interest. Iberianature has teamed up with DEPANA, Montjuic Study Centre and Galanthus to support a move to turn part of the mountain into a nature reserve. More here.

See also +

First lynxes of 2007 born in Doñana

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

The first two iberian lynxes have been born in the wild this year in Doñana. A second female very probably also has given birth. Last year 64 lynxes were born in the wild between Doñana and Sierra Morena.

New Lynx brief

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

05/03/2007 New Lynxbrief from Dan Ward with: (Photo by forum member SNiDE)

  • Traffic calming proposals in Donana
  • Lynx killed by hunting activities
  • An update about the captive breeding programme
  • 64 lynx born in the wild in 2006. Here Lynxbrief 8 (pdf).
  • Phototrapping of wildlife

    Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

    03/03 Phototrapping of wildlife in Asturias (Fapas)

    Iberian lynx images

    Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

    02/03/2007 Iberian lynx images. Just came across the great selection here and picked up on the foro linceiberico