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The Aitana mountain

Today I have prepared to climb to the summit of the Sierra de Aitana, which with its 1558 meters, is the highest in the province of Alicante. The perfect excuse to enjoy another day in the mountains has been a tiny and elusive bird, the wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria), which wanted to try to find it near the top, because now in winter this inhabitant of the Pyrenees and the Cantabrian Mountains It usually performs an altitudinal migration looking for lower […]

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The ravine of the Hoz

The La Hoz ravine, already in the last foothills of the Caroig Massif in the Sierra de Enguera, is an extensive mountainous area predominantly occupied by bushes and fragments of forest formations that are home to many species of wildlife. It is one of those places that I usually visit two or three times a year, where I can enjoy a unique landscape environment. In this silent and inhospitable place, where eagles, vultures, ravens and others have jurisdiction, nature presents […]

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European robin

The european robin, from the turdid family and with the scientific name Erithacus rubecula, is a small, round-shaped bird about 14 centimeters long. Its color above is brown, while below it is whitish gray, the chest and face have an orange-red coloration. The male and the female have the same coloration, only the young individuals are devoid of the front spot, presenting a more uniform coloration. It feeds on insects, earthworms, fruits and seeds. It nests in a hole in […]

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Night reflections

The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy full of stars and interstellar clouds, where the solar system and the Earth are located. It is the largest object observable from our planet. Due to our peripheral location within it, we see it edge-on and in an optically blurry form of great confusion due to the large number of stars and nebulae that overlap. It is estimated that it contains between 200,000 and 400,000 million stars. The distance from the Sun to […]

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The bellow

When the afternoons shorten and the summer comes to an end, coinciding with the drop in temperatures and the passage of storms, one of the most surprising natural events takes place in our Iberian mountain ranges, the bellowing, where male deer ( Cervus elaphus), the largest of our ungulates, experience heat, flooding the mountains, forests and valleys with their powerful and thunderous bellows. To do this, they raise the earth with their horns to deposit their body fluids in the […]

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The snake in popular culture

In this blog entry I am going to talk about the two kinds of snakes that inhabit the Iberian Peninsula, snakes and vipers, but focusing more on the myths and beliefs that have been woven over the centuries than on their biology, because a certain reptilian mythology of deep Spain still persists in the subconscious of many people, and it is our duty to dismantle these absurd superstitions, deny these totally unfounded hoaxes that have done them so much damage […]

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The chiropteran project

In Jules Renard’s natural histories I read that …there is no corner where a piece of night doesn’t penetrate…shreds come off of it, intertwined at random. This is how bats are born. And to this origin they owe the fact that they cannot withstand the light of day… but, no, they are not bad. They never touch us and “armed” with my cameras I went down to one of their “houses” to photograph them. The Chiropteran photographic project in the […]

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The great mediterranean cat

Photograph of Iberian lynxes in the wild and native fauna, on a sunny day in late August. Penalajo. Peñalajo, in the northernmost foothills of Sierra Morena, already in the province of Ciudad Real, due to its high density in its populations of partridges and wild rabbits, has become one of the most important enclaves within lynx conservation programs Iberian, which as we know is the most endangered feline that exists on the planet. This natural area, which, as we have […]

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The Cazuma river

The Cazuma, whose waters supply the town of Bicorp, is one of the three rivers that, together with the Fraile River and the Ludey River, cross its municipal term, to flow into the Escalona River. The PR-V 234 route, also known as the Río Cazuma- la Gola de Lucino route, is a beautiful route in the very heart of the Caroig Massif, where near its source we find a spectacular canyon or gorge that impresses with its majesty, a fascinating […]

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Fraile River

The Fraile River is one of the most emblematic streams of the Caroig Massif and the best preserved in our geography, almost in the very center of the Valencian Community, considered one of the most beautiful places in the massif, which makes it a unique environment for great landscape and environmental value. It has riverside forests and a leafy forest mass of Rodeno and Aleppo pines, as well as a large number of shrubs such as junipers, palm hearts, Kermes […]

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