Once again this year, some members of Anapri travelled to Andalusia to find and be able to enjoy the most endangered cat in the world, the beautiful and wonderful Iberian lynx. We departure from Colmenar Viejo at 8 am on January the 7th, with the idea of arriving there during the afternoon and being able to do a first stalk right on that evening. When we arrived to the area, an outlying couple, which was resting among some bushes, was already being monitored, after the present people had already seen them copulating for a couple of times. We set our telescope and were able to watch them. The female was lying and the male was moving around. Afterwards they disappeared within the vegetation. They were doing the same for some hours and then they stood up and disappeared in a trough.
|Pareja de linces.|
Aprovechamos esas horas de tranquilidad y poco movimiento para comer, sin dejar de mirar a nuestro alrededor. La luna se dejaba ver temprano y en unas rocas altas a nuestra espalda, un par de chovas piquirrojas se posaban y reclamaban durante varios minutos.
We used these quiet hours with little movement to eat, always looking around us. The moon came out early and above some tall rocks behind us a couple of red-billed choughs perched and called for some minutes.
|Chova piquirroja (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Red-billed chough|
Entre los lentiscos se alimentaban mirlos, y currucas cabecinegras y capirotadas. También pudimos descubrir a algún acentor común.
Some blackbirds, Sardinian warblers and Eurasian blackcaps fed on between the mastics. We were also able to see some dunnocks.
|Acentor común (Prunella modularis). Hedge accentor. Foto: Arsenio González.|
Mientras, en el cielo, volaban varios buitres leonados y negros y nuestro compi Arsenio pudo fotografiar fugazmente a este juvenil de águila imperial.
During this time, griffo and cinereous vultures were flying around and our mate Arsenio was able to take pictures of this young Iberian imperial eagle.
|Águila imperial juvenil (Aquila adalberti). Spanish imperial eagle. Foto: Arsenio González.|
Por el extenso valle se veían bastantes ciervos, algunos gamos y la presa favorita del lince, el conejo, correteaba por los claros del bien conservado monte mediterráneo.
En muchas ocasiones nos acompañaba también el canto de las abundantes perdices.
Along the wide valley many red and fallow deer and Lynx favourite prey: rabbits could be seen. The rabbits were moving around the so well preserved Mediterranean forest.
Many times we were joined by the calls of the abundant red-legged partridge.
|Perdiz roja (Alectoris rufa). Red-legged partridge|
El día tocaba a su fín y nos retiramos hacia el alojamiento con la alegría de un buen día de campo, pero con la esperanza de poder hacer mejores observaciones de lince en los días venideros.