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Plucked Kites, busy Lynxcess

By Lucía Lozano Villarán

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The marshes next to El Rocío have ended up drying out almost completely, although in the puddles that remain are still a large number of storks, ducks and gulls.Across the road, in the shallow waters at the final stretch of the Arroyo de la Rocina, there are large concentrations of avocets, stilts and other waders. The trails that run along the right banks of the stream near the La Rocina Visitor Centre and especially near the Acebrón Visitor Centre deserve an early morning walk now in the summer. The dense and cool gallery forests that cover the channel, and cork and pine forests that surround them, provide shelter for many small birds which are especially active in the early hours of the day. Chaffinches, wrens, serins, sardinian warblers, tree sparrows, blackbirds, great, blue and long tailed tits, among others, continue filling the woods with their songs.
Black Kites are still very abundant, showing clear signs that they are still moulting to improve plumage, large groups of them are getting ready for the fall migration that will take them back to Africa. Booted and Short-toed Eagles also preparing the long journey. Also some small birds such as Melodious Warbler and Whinchat have begun to go through Doñana in their migration south.
During our visits to the forests and marshes north of National Park we try, not always successfully, to get our clients good observations of mammals such as reed deer, fallow deer, fox, mongoose and wild boar. Some lucky days we even enjoy watching one of the most elusive of them all, the Iberian Lynx. Here you can see some photos taken by one of our clients last week.

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