Travelrific® Travel Journal

Picture postcards in prose.™ Check out the blogroll on the front page for official merchandise and other resources!

Archive for doñana national park

In Search of Lynx in Andalucia

By Linda Tancs

The elusive Iberian Lynx is one of many lures in Andalucia’s Doñana National Park.  That’s one of only a handful of places you’ll find the world’s most endangered species of cat.  Equally endangered is the Spanish Imperial Eagle, down to 15 breeding pairs.  You might have better luck glimpsing grey herons, lanner falcons, ring and turtle doves, partridges, oxpeckers, cattle egret, storks and vultures.  That’s because the park is one of the largest heronries in the Mediterranean region and a habitat for hundreds of thousands of birds.  Springtime is particularly amazing, when wintering waterfowl commingle with summer arrivals migrating between Africa and Europe.

The Park of Kings

By Linda Tancs

Doñana National Park in Spain is a significant European nature reserve.  Easily accessible from Cádiz, the oldest city in western Europe, it has seen its share of kings over the centuries:  Philip IV, Philip V and Alfonso XIII hunted there.  These days a host of threatened bird species needn’t worry about the sport of kings.  The park’s lagoons, marshlands, dunes, scrub woodland and maquis provide restful cover for five threatened bird species as well as for one of the largest heronries in the Mediterranean region.

%d bloggers like this: