Tuesday 4 December 2012

Sierra de Andujar: Iberian Lynx, Cranes & Eagles

24 - 28 November 2012
A successful trip with an impressive list of both birds and mammals. The tour started at the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, an internationally important site for breeding and wintering waterbirds. It is Spain's only regular breeding site for Greater Flamingos, but at this time of year its wintering Common Crane population is quite a spectacle. We saw at least 200 birds during our brief visit.

Then onto the Sierra de Andujar where the main focus was searching for Iberian Lynx. We had great views of two different animals at ranges of around 300 metres including one animal hunting rabbits. Despite having been lucky enough to see Iberian Lynx many times now, it is always an exciting feeling to watch one of these impressive cats. You just never know when and where they are going to appear and they always leave you wanting another sighting! In between Lynx watching we also saw some quality birds such as Spanish Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Black Vulture, Eagle Owl, Rock Buntings, Red-billed Chough and flocks of Hawfinch.

Then throw in some other quality mammals like Spanish Ibex, Mouflon, Greater Mouse-Eared Bat and Schreiber's Bat and you have an impressive tally and all just 2 hours from Malaga.
I'll certainly be back!
Remember to click on the photos for SLIDESHOW

To see some videos of Iberian Lynx from the trip CLICK HERE

Common Cranes - Laguna de Fuente de Piedra
Black-winged Stilts - Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

Common Cranes - Laguna de Fuente de Piedra
Male Black Redstart

Common Crane
Immature Golden Eagle
Azure-winged Magpies
Male Iberian Lynx


Black Vulture
Spanish Ibex

Sierra de Andujar Lynx habitat

Spot the Lynx!

Here it is!

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