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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Maalie in Spain

Maalie is about to set of for a ten-day bird-ringing expedition in the forests and swamps of the Coto DoƱana, Andalucia, in Southern Spain. Here are some pictures taken during his last visits to the region.
The small town of El Rocio is the centre of activity

Dry areas are dominated by "umbrella pines", from which "pine nuts" are gathered

The "Marismas" - the wetlands of the Guadalquivir River Delta,
south of Seville, where most of the research will be undertaken.


Blogger willow said...

This sounds so exciting. Can't wait to see this year's pics!

8:08 pm  
Anonymous shetlandmylove said...

So envious, I was thinking about Andalucia only today, enjoy!

8:30 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Mmm. I wish I was there too.

7:46 am  
Blogger donsands said...

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2:48 am  
Blogger donsands said...

Is this anywhere nigh to Valencia: The city El Cid defended Spain from the Moorish hoards?

I hope you have a pleasant visit.

Via con Dios.

2:49 am  
Blogger simon said...

MAte- this brings back fond memories and some intense one s too- I still remember being shell shocked at arriving and seeing all the australian gum trees and smelling them in the air!

But see the vultures and nightjars, and the castle and sharing a beer! Top Stuff!

10:20 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Top stuff indeed Simon. I can also remember you wingeing about the Spanish food!

10:13 am  
Blogger simon said...

yes... there is NO doubt in my mind that spanish food is CRAP.

Having said that:- the biological significance of the area is very much in the top 10 in the world and so I appreciate it very much.. not to mention it was Jim's retirement bash.......and therefore remains in my mind AND i would re visit...

12:53 pm  
Blogger Sunshine said...

I wish i can go and see spain .. You travel a lot indeed.. Love the pics... Take Care

6:45 pm  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Beautiful pics. Hope it's going well for you there, and that you're enjoying warm enough weather.

6:34 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Spanish food crap???? Wash your mouth out Simon!
Olives, goats cheese, pine nuts, paella, wine and oh so much, much more!
What does Australia give us?
Kangaroo chops!

10:50 am  
Blogger simon said...

UM.. I dont know- Australia is a direct result of england///

12:13 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I look forward to hearing all about it.

1:27 pm  
Blogger Merisi said...

Andalucia, the name alone makes one want to go and explore the country!

Re SIMON and food from Australia:
I love Australian Shiraz wine and dried apricots and ginger, the best in the whole wide world.

12:08 am  
Blogger simon said...

yes its not too bad merisi!

12:14 am  
Blogger Maalie said...

Thanks for your comments everyone. I am having a great time in Andalucia and look forward to telling you all about it in more deatil next week when I am home.

11:45 am  
Blogger Word Imp said...

Maalie, hope your blog is back soon. Just popped by to say hi and let you know I'm back to doing my Word Imperfect blog at last. Hope to see you there.

7:41 am  

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