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Autumn in Doñana

Larva of palpares hispanus

Una bestia entre la hojarasca

La larva de nuestra mayor hormiga león, la palpares hispanus, es un insecto del orden de los neurópteros, cuyo adulto recuerda mucho a las libélulas, aunque no muestra sus habilidades de vuelo.  Sus cuatro alas estrechas y alargadas lo impulsan de manera lenta y torpe y se pliegan a lo largo de su abdomen cuando están en […]

Harvested rice field full of storks and gulls

Doñana in november

Autumn brings us cooler but sunny days alternating with gray and rainy ones that transform Doñana without taking off its beauty but only change the background of a nice scenery. El Rocío Marshes, which have been flooded by the first rains, attract many birds like flamingos, spoonbills, storks, herons, geese and many species of ducks [...]
Ganga Macho Hembra Donana

From dawn til dusk

A whole day watching birds I met Robin, Richard and Ed, three keen American birdwatchers, just before sunrise at their hotel in El Rocío with the intention to spend the whole day birdwatching in the Doñana area. Just after leaving the hotel we had just light enough to see a couple of penduline tit, several […]

View of the streets of El Rocío

The European Far West

As expected, we’re having a beautiful spring in Doñana after the abundant winter rains. It came later than usual and we can see that clear now especially in regard to insects and reptiles that are not yet as abundant as normally this time of year. Only now is increasing the number of butterflies, dragonflies and […]