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Nov 192015
 

El sábado pasado, 14 de Noviembre, se celebró la IV Muestra de la Marca Parcs Naturals, en la cual hemos recibimos la placa distintiva de Consellería de Medio Ambiente como empresa de Turismo de Naturaleza y Ornitológico en el Parque Natural de l’Albufera.

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El evento un año más tuvo lugar en el Mercado de Colón y contó con gran afluencia de visitantes los cuales disfrutaron de un gran ambiente donde pudieron conocer las distintas empresas certificadas como Marca Parcs Naturals de toda la Comunidad Valenciana.

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Ya estamos esperando la Muestra del año que viene!

 Posted by at 5:34 pm
May 222015
 

Last Monday, I had the pleasure of providing our most popular birding trip to l´Albufera de Valencia, for two clients from Holland. Anne and Hans are keen on nature and birding but they also were interested to know how the area was formed, the history and traditional aspects including how rice paddies are managed and how the annual rice cycle operates.

After I collected them at the apartment where they were staying at in Valencia City, we went directly to the interpretation centre of the Natural Park where I could explain in detail about the origin and transformation of the region.

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Then we had a walk into the forest to an observatory where one of the most important colonies of Sandwich Terns and Common Terns are nesting. That amazing nesting spot is shared also with Slender-billed Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Mediterranean Gulls, Avocets and Black-winged Stilts.

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Next stop was in a beach reserve area where we had pic-nic lunch watching the nesting colonies of Collared Pratincole and Kentish Plovers.

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On our way to do the rice fields, we made a short stop in another area to see Audouin´s Gulls and Little Terns.

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After we arrived at the rice paddies, we could see how the seeding is done nowadays, and we enjoyed seeing different species of herons and egrets. Then we made a short boat ride, Anne and Hans were amazed by how close the City of Valencia is to the lake.

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To end the trip we drove by the marshes up to some fields where the rice was already at a fairly advance stage, enabling us to see it in more detail.

It had been a fantastic day with so much to talk about and to admire in this special place right beside Valencia City.

List of species:

Kestrel, Mallard, Shelduck, Common Pochard, Red-crested Pochard, Audouin´s Gull, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Little Tern, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Glossy Ibis, Moorhen, Little Bittern, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Squacco Heron, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Curlew Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Sanderling, Collared Pratincole, Kentish Plover, Magpie, House Martin, Swallow, Serin, Sardinian Warbler.

 

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Written by Yanina Maggiotto

 Posted by at 6:13 pm
May 172015
 

Last Friday I had pleasure to providing a trip for two clients, one from USA and the other from England. They were both extremely experienced birders and whilst at a congress in Valencia they were keen to fit in some guided birding in the reserves of Albufera de Valencia.

As they were on a very tight schedule, I opted to take them to three of Albufera´s best reserve areas, as a way of maximising the species that they would see.

The first stop was in an area of forest and lagoons, where we could had great views of a colony of Sandwich Terns and Common Terns. In the breeding season, this is one of the hotspots of Albufera. A hybrid Tern, very similar to an Elegant Tern was also nesting here.

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Another amazing sight was the endangered Marbled Duck and the ever popular Sardinian Warbler.

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Next stop was in a restricted reserve area within the marshes, where we were delighted to see Great Reed Warbler and Little Bittern, plus a rarity for Spain, the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, a bird normaly found in Siberia.

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On our way to the last spot, we made a brief stop to admire a pair of Turtle Doves, a species that is in decline, and for one of the clients, a new sighting.

 

 

 

 

To finish this great day, we visited a reserve area by the beach, where Kentish Plover and Collared Pranticole were nesting. It was wonderful in so many ways…magnificent landscape with a blue Mediterranean sea and dozens of Sanderlings decorating the beach!

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It was great to spend the day with these excellent birders, and I hope they will return to enjoy another trip with us.

Species List:
Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Great Egret, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Audouin Gull, Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Mallard, Slender-billed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, (Hybrid) Tern, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Spotted Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Collared Pratincole, Sanderling, Little-ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Swallow, House Martin, Sardinian Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Common Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow.

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Written by Yanina Maggiotto

 Posted by at 8:56 pm
May 132015
 

Last week, we provided a guided birding trip for a couple from Yorkshire, UK. They were keen nature lovers and were very interested to see the steppe birds of Spain whilst they were on holiday in Valencia.

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Having collected them from their hotel in the city, we made the journey inland and up onto the high plateau of Castilla de la Mancha. After a morning coffee stop and a briefing on the species that we were likely to see, we headed across the rolling plains where had great views of Crested Lark and Calandra Lark.

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The first lagoon of the day held Common Tern, Whiskered Tern and Gull-billed Tern and Greater Flamingo. We enjoyed some typical sounds of summer, including the song of Skylark and Corn Bunting.

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We spent the rest of the morning at another great spot, a lagoon fringed with reed beds. Here we had wildfowl including Shelduck, Gadwall and Red-crested Pochard. We also enjoyed two especially colourful species, the Hoopoe and Bee Eater.

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Before we headed up onto the higher steppe, we made a brief stop at a small lake where we had views of Little Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, and a Rock Sparrow on nearby ruined barn.

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The high steppe eventually gave us views of one of the day´s key species – the Great Bustard. Initially we spotted two males, albeit at long range. Then our patience was rewarded with great views of a group of 12 birds. At the same time, we were also fortunate enough to see two Lesser Kestrels, another typical steppe bird.

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The trip was brought to an end at one of the regions larger lagoons, where we finished the day with views of Black-necked Grebe, Avocet and Common Sandpiper.

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The species list for the day included…

Skylark, Crested Lark, Calandra Lark, Bee Eater, Hoopoe, Corn Bunting, House Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Goldfinch, Spotless Starling, Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Whinchat, Collared Dove, Swallow, Swift, Yellow-legged Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, Greater Flamingo, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Black-winged Stilt, Lapwing, Avocet, Great Bustard, Mallard, Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Pochard, Gadwall, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Buzzard, Kestrel, Lesser Kestrel, Iberian Grey Shrike.

 

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Written by Dave Warrington.

 Posted by at 8:59 pm
May 122015
 

La semana pasada, David y yo hemos organizado una excursión guiada de Bird Watching a zonas húmedas de Valencia, para unos clientes holandeses expertos en la observación de aves. Ellos deseaban combinar la visita a la ciudad de Valencia con un día en la naturaleza observando y fotografiando aves en zonas de marjal y lagunas cercanas a la hermosa ciudad mediterránea.

Después de un corto recorrido en coche desde el centro de la ciudad donde estaban hospedados, realizamos una parada para tomar un café en primera línea del mar y poder tranquilamente comentar la propuesta de bird watching para el día.

Comenzamos el recorrido por un área protegida que está conformada por lagunas costeras y cañaveral. Como uno de los clientes es experto en fotografía de naturaleza y aves, concentramos nuestros esfuerzos en un corto recorrido por la reserva para darle el tiempo necesario para realizar las tomas fotográficas que deseaba donde las especies de aves más atractivas se encontraban.

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Una de las especies más destacadas y de alta relevancia que pudimos observar en la primer laguna fue la Malvasia cabeciblanca. Así mismo el Avetorillo y el Carricero Tordal desfilaron para las fotos.

Continuamos caminando paralelos a la costa, donde en el sistema dunar pudimos observar y fotografiar a las magníficas Canasteras. A su vez en la zona arbustiva del sistema costero, Tarabilla norteña, Tarabilla común y Cogujadas fueron fáciles de observar.

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En la laguna siguiente, nos encontramos muy cerca de aves limícolas como el Chorlitejo chico, Chorlitejo patinegro, Correlimos zarapitín, Correlimos menudos, Correlimos común, Andarrío batsardo, Andarríos chico, Cigueñuelas, entre varias especies de charranes.

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Después de comer en la playa, nos dirigimos a la última laguna del recorrido,, donde disfrutamos de los Calamones, los Moritos, Patos colorados, y Fumareles.

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Ha sido un día grandioso, donde hemos podido observar las especies de aves más características de las zonas húmedas de la región valenciana. Un día memorable compuesto por una gran diversidad de especies en un hábitat incomparable y en muy buena compañía.

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Crónica de Yanina Maggiotto

 Posted by at 8:37 pm
Apr 022015
 

Visit Natura forma parte de la Asociación de Guías de Birding de la Comunidad Valenciana y todos los que pertenecemos a la misma, nos regimos por el código ético del observador de aves.

La responsabilidad y respeto que asumimos a la hora de salir al campo con nuestros clientes siempre va direccionada a generar un turismo sostenible, que nos ayude a contribuir a la conservación de nuestros recursos naturales y su biodiversidad.

Tanto es así, que todos los integrantes de la Asociación contamos con una autorización especial para acceder a zonas restringidas en área protegidas.

Contar con estos permisos nos da la posibilidad de acceder a sitios de alta riqueza ornitológica, como por ejemplo el Tancat de Milia, una zona de reserva y filtro verde que está gestionada por la Fundación Global Nature.

Hoy, después de haber sido recibidos muy amablemente por uno de los responsables de la gestión de la reserva, tuvimos el placer de recorrer el filtro verde con Oscar, un amante de las aves que tiene acumulados muchos años de bird watching. Él está pasando con su familia sus vacaciones en Cullera, pero como buen pajarero, ha investigado que rarezas se podían observar en l´Albufera y luego de consultar la web birdingalbufera.es, tuvo claro que su objetivo era poder observar a la Lavandera Cetrina.

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Las últimas citas de este ave, se habían dado en el Tancat de Milia, por ello contactó enseguida con nosotros.
El resultado ha sido: un día muy gratificante, porque sin ninguna intención hemos conseguido observar muchas especies, sobre todo limícolas, pero lo más importante, fue poder observar 2 ejemplares de Lavandera Cetrina que era el objetivo del día. Objetivo cumplido por 2!

Lista de especies:

Aguilucho lagunero, Cernícalo, Anade real, Cerceta carretona, Gallineta común, Calamón, Garza imperial, Garza real, Garceta común, Moritos, Canastera, Avocetas, Cigüeñuela, Archibebe común, Archibebe claro, Correlimos común, Correlimos menudo, Andarrios bastardo, Agachadiza común, Combatiente, Cistícola buitrón, Ruseñor bastardo, Bisbita alpino, Bisbita pratense, Petirrojo, entre 50 y 60 Lavanderas Boyeras incluyendo 3 subespecies diferentes: Flavissima, Cinereocapilla y Iberiae, y 2 Lavanderas Cetrinas.

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