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Falco tinnunculus

The common kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, is the closest and easiest to see daytime bird of prey. It prefers an open field and bush habitat, avoiding dense and closed forests, even nesting within populations. It is relatively small compared to other raptors, but larger than most birds. It has long russet wings with black spots, as well as a very distinctive long tail, gray on top and with a rounded black edge. The plumage of males on the head is blue-grayish. […]

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Vulpes vulpes

The cunning of this chicken-coop troublemaker can be sensed in his gaze, and is beyond any doubt. Its small size forces it to resort to intelligence to survive. All the images of this common fox specimen were taken on a winter day in 2010, in the Sierra de Enguera, while accompanying Pastor Miguel along the Vereda Real de Almansa, between the Altos de Salomón, the Altos de la Diabla and the Casa of Matea. The fox followed us late in […]

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Pájaro de otoño

Pájaro de otoño by JOSE MENA, one of the winning works in the XX International Exhibition Virtual Museum MundoArti New Year 2024 On January 26, the XX International Exhibition Virtual Museum MundoArti New Year 2024 was inaugurated, which included the selection of 154 works belonging to 147 participants. The countries that decorate the walls of the Modular Museum have been: Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Tunisia, Australia, Bahrain, United States, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile. Unquestionably international. Many thanks […]

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Muscicapa striata

The Spotted flycatcher Muscicapa striata is a species of passerine bird in the family Muscicapidae. It is small in size, with a length of 13.5 to 15 cm. The Spotted flycatcher looks for wooded areas where the trees are not very dense and with spaces between their branches. Also in urban areas, open fields, orchards, crops, gardens, etc. The habitat differs from one region to another in Europe. The Spotted flycatcher feeds on flying insects, mainly diptera and hymenoptera but […]

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Tarentola mauritanica

Most people tend to show a special revulsion towards reptiles. Perhaps it is because of that disturbing touch of poikilothermic or cold-blooded animals: a touch that many associate with that of death. In any case, it is an atavistic, irrational feeling that does not allow us to properly value the important role that reptiles play for the normal functioning of natural ecosystems. Because beyond this natural aversion, the truth is that reptiles fulfill a fundamental mission as pest controllers, keeping […]

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Timon lepidus

The ocellated lizard Timon lepidus is a species of lizard characteristic of southwestern Europe, associated with Mediterranean ecosystems. It is distributed throughout the Iberian Peninsula, southern France, northwest Italy and northwest Africa. In Spain, it is only absent in northern Galicia, on the northern slopes of the Cantabrian Corniche, the Basque Country and northern Navarre. It is the largest saurian on the European continent, very robust, and can reach 70-80 cm in total length. The male has a wide head with thick, […]

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Turdus merula

The common blackbird Turdus merula is a species of passerine bird in the family Turdidae. The male is completely black, with a yellow beak and a yellow circle around the eyes and has a vast repertoire of songs, while adult females and juveniles have brown plumage, without the yellow on the beak and orbital ring. . This species nests in forests and gardens, with the Cantabrian countryside and the Levantine orange grove hosting the highest density of the species. The […]

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Fringilla coelebs

The Common chaffinch Fringilla coelebs is a species of passerine bird about the size of a sparrow. It belongs to the Fringillidae family, and is endemic to Europe, and is also present in Asia, North Africa and Macaronesia. It is one of the most abundant and best distributed species in our territory, where it occupies all types of more or less wooded landscapes, from mature forests to parks and gardens. During the winter, the Peninsula receives abundant contingents of finches […]

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Aquila chrysaetos

Since ancient times, human beings have felt a great fascination for eagles, for their beauty, power… Not in vain, since time immemorial, their emblematic image, which brings together powerful symbols of majesty, preponderance and triumph, has been reflected in numerous cultures. in the world, being the protagonist of national symbols, in flags, heraldic shields and military ensigns. But also, many times, as happens with other species, it has been repudiated by man himself, considering them as rivals in the hunting […]

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Arte rupestre en los montes de Tous

This article titled Cavidades con arte rupestre en los montes de Tous. Un patrimonio para conocer y estimar, is part of chapter 4 of the book Cuevas y simas de Tous, published by the City Council of said town, in which I have collaborated with my friends Ximo Martorell https://web.ua.es/es/mepam/profesorado/prehistoria/ximo-martorell-briz.html , Trini Martínez Rubio and other authors.

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