Archive for the ‘videos’ Category

Golden eagle hunting video

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Here’s an old and spectacular favourite from El Hombre y La Tierra series by Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. The golden eagle has actually been trained to pull/knock animals off crags. I don’t think it’s fair to be too critical as it follows the standards of nature films of the time, when filming was incredibly expensive and they didn’t have the benefit of today’s remarkable equipment. The scene was filmed in a private estate in Segura y Cazorla. The unfortunate animal is, I believe, a mouflon. The rest, too quick footed for the eagle, are Spanish ibexes (cabras monteses). Read commentary on the forum where it was first posted, and where Clive suggests this behaviour occurs in the wild in Grazalema.

Iberian wolf videos

Monday, May 12th, 2008

I’ve put together this collection of videos from Google Video and YouTube of documentaries and news items on wolves in Spain. there also a link to a radio programme on wolves from Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. Enjoy.

Asturian otters on video

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Busybee of the forum has uploaded this rather nice video of otters feeding and playing in Arriondas, Asturias. The images from the second half (1m:30s) are excellent. Follow the forum thread

Or watch the video full size here

Urban wildlife in Madrid

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Urban wildlife in Madrid. 30 minutes. Rather good.

Antonio Machado in Soria

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

I loved this documentary about Antonio Machado in Soria shown on Escarabajo Verde last Sunday.

Ian Gibson explains how Machado’s visit to Soria was to have a great impact on the poet’s work. The poems he wrote here were published as “Campos de Castilla”, a collection lyricising the beauty of the Castilian countryside. His first work in Soria expressed the poverty and ruggedness of the region, but his writings were to soften when he met, fell in love and married Leonor Izquierdo, daughter of the owners of the boarding house Machado was staying in. Sadly, Leonor soon fell ill and died from tuberculosis, just a few weeks after the publication of Campos de Castilla. Machado was devastated and left Soria, never to return. He moved to Baeza where he wrote a series of poems dealing with the death of Leonor which were added to a new edition of Campos de Castilla published in 1916 , which now saw the Sorian landscape full of melancholy and sadness. The documentary also mentions the articles Machado wrote for the local press expressing an early environmental concern and denouncing the burning of pinewoods for pasture. (Escarabajo Verde, TVE2 from Forestman)

Fields of Soria (extract)

Hills of silver plate,
grey heights, dark red rocks
through which the Duero bends
its crossbow arc
round Soria, shadowed oaks,
stone dry-lands, naked mountains,
white roads and river poplars,
twilights of Soria, warlike and mystical,
today I feel, for you,
in my hearts depths, sadness,
sadness of love! Fields of Soria,
where it seems the stones have dreams,
you go with me! Hills of silver plate,
grey heights, dark red rocks.

Carlos Sanz and wolves

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

A new TVE documentary on wolves in Spain and on the work of Carlos Sanz, one of principal experts and defenders of wolves in Spain. Click here (link corrected). Thanks to Lisa on the forum for finding this.

The tale of the bear’s paw

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

This video poetically tells the story of a bear’s claw nailed to a church in the village of Navacepeda de Tormes in the Sierra de Gredos. The old people say a man had been attacked by a bear and had defended himself with scythe. Bears became extinct in Gredos at some point in the 16th century. Kindly sent to me by Claire of Gredosvivo, bird watching tours in central-western Spain. The video was researched and made by Enrique Sacristán. Also available in Spanish.

Madrid in September

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Another video from Forestman from TV Madrid. 30 minutes on the natural history of the Madrid region in September, but while we marvel at the wild corners just a few kilometres from the Spanish capital, the same authorities which run this TV channel are responsible for the gross urban sprawl into the Sierra de Madrid, and most recently banning their own forest agents from inspecting private land in the region.

Natural history of Madrid here on Iberianature

Lynx video

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

 Domo and Dogo two of this year’s batch of lynx cubs playing at the Doñana breeding centre. Click on the photo to see the video.


From Lynxsitu

Madrid in August

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Forestman is back with this 30 minute-video on the harsh conditions of heat and drought in the natural areas of Madrid in August. August is a critical month for wildlife and flora in the Mediterranean.

Natural history of Madrid here on Iberianature