Category: Nature

STONECHAT

I was surprised to realise the other day that I’ve been writing this column since 2009; I was checking back to see which species I haven’t covered yet, or perhaps which ones needed a bit of an update to reflect changes which have occurred in the Clot. We have gained more species than we have
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HOOPOE

There can’t be many residents of the Costa Blanca with even a passing interest in nature, who don’t know the Hoopoe – that pink-bodied bird with an incredible crest and black and white wings which flaps past you like a huge butterfly, or who sits on your TV aerial at early o’clock and wakes you
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OSPREY

The autumn transition of bird species, when many of them are moving south for the winter, is one of the most exciting times for birdwatchers. Spain is one of the top places to be – not only do all the summer visitors depart, but many others from the north either arrive here to spend the
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IBERIAN WATER FROG

I appear to have been quite fortunate – one of the downsides of getting older is the gradual loss of the ability to hear sounds in the higher register, meaning that some birdwatchers of advancing years cannot hear the high-pitched calls of the smaller birds. Fortunately, I am still able to hear them, but even
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