The w.w.t. (Wildfowl & Wetland Trust) visit to “La Laguna de la Herradura”- Day 2

The w.w.t. (Wildfowl & Wetland Trust) visit to “La Laguna de la Herradura”- Day 2

Second day of work with Matthew Simpson. At 9 am we left the Hotel Las Casas del Consul in Ubeda, where our guest houses, towards the Bridge Reservoir La Cerrada, which is located further north into the Natural. There we see with Fernand Exposito, a technician from the ADR de Cazorla, who will explain more about the problems of treatment and management of the olive.

Upon arrival, the picture is bleak, it is almost empty, because the regulating dam at the head, trance is not releasing water at this time.

Accumulate mounds of mud on the banks of the reservoir, a faithful reflection of clogging due to loss of soil. The image can not be more eloquent, and Matthew’s face either. She was really shocked, and could see first hand the magnitude of the problem.

We continue to travel upriver to Mogón, so he could see how they change the conditions of soil and water of the Guadalquivir. En route, we saw the problem of erosion in several streams and ravines, formed by water from rain runoff, which in some cases allowed to see the roots of the trees.

We arrived at the bridge over the Guadalquivir in Mogón, and at this point, the land is much more compact and much more transparent water, which makes sense, because we are at the Gates of P. N. de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, with a mountain landscape, which retains the shrubs and the ground is bare.

At noon, we will Peal de Becerro, where we take something to eat and we said goodbye to Fernando. We continue our journey by road from San Miguel to the Laguna de La Herradura.

Along the way, we see a common Elani a cable with a power line near the road.Thanks to the telescope enjoy an image with every detail of this little red-eyed predator. Keith and Matthew especially enjoyed the moment, as it was the first time I saw him so close.

At about 3:00 pm, we reached the lagoon. The light was very good, and there were plenty of birds. We cross to the hill of the cross (the highest point of the area), where we had a good view. Again a look through the telescope: avocets, storks, marsh harriers, great egrets, cattle egrets, a large sandpiper, several species of ducks and a cabochon surface … common flagship species of nature but abundant in the years80 and 90, and its population has been reduced dramatically. Another special moment especially for Matthew, who had never seen this “blue rooster.”

To end the evening, we headed to Marin Pedro Reservoir. En route, we passed the archaeological site of Ubeda La Vieja, and later by the people of Donadío, where they have their craft workshop Vicente Molina. Interestingly we passed him on the way but we had no time to stand.

This man works with pita (plant fiber), making all kinds of birds, a scale or size (I leave a picture with a sample of your work).

We continued our journey. By Chantre farmhouse, we saw a female Harrier and several kestrels.

We arrived at the observation point, and decided to turn and cross over the river, the view was better. Back the same way, and surprise! Keith discovers in the way a hawk holding a rabbit in its talons. It really is a very big prey for a predator so small.Startled, the animal takes flight, returning to its prey, but we lose it among the olive trees. Another anecdote of the day.

Already in another vantage point, almost dark, we located a hawk on the shore near the reeds, and a little later, near the Dam, the last surprise of the day. As we were returning to Ubeda, with Keith and Matthew and in the car, a real owl! stands next door, flying over us. The icing for our visit to the Alto Guadalquivir Natural Spot.

Dinner with tapas Ubeda class olive oil tasting at the restaurant including Station. A great day.

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