Close to nature

This was a new hide to me, not far from my home near to the tiny village of Santa Agnes de Malanyanes. I had heard about the hides of Pedro Rubio, last year he was running a very successful one for the European Kingfisher, it included an artificial water container which allowed Photographers to “catch” the bird while rocketing down to hunt the fishes!

Last year I missed that photography hide but when I heard about a possibility to shoot forest birds near to my place I didn´t doubt to contact my best known photography hide agency Photologistics.

I have to say that Pedro had managed to create a really beautiful, artistic and aesthetic ambient at the place.  He had designed a forest pool with plenty of moss, lichens and fungus, old tree logs and ancient-looking rocks and stones. The hide itself was well camouflaged with branches and had enough space for two photographers, standard one- way-only spy windows and a camping chair completed the requirements to spend several hours without complains.

My special target was the Squirrel which had it´s feeding place right on a pine tree on one side of the pool but as it always happens (I have a problem with Squirrels, I newer get them) it didn´t appear. I was not disappointed however as several bird species, among them several Eurasian Nuthatches made their way through the dense forest to the food which Pedro had cleverly hidden between the scenery. Last not least a Meadow Vole appeared but the pics I got were not good enough for Dreamstime Stock Photo so that I am not able to show any.

Male Common Chaffinch

Male Chaffinch

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Crested Tit on moss log

Crested Tit

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Eurasian Blue Tit on moss log

Blue Tit

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Female Blackcap n moss

Female Blackcap

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Great Tit bathing

Great Tit

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Great-spotted Woodpecker in European Forest

Great-spotted Woodpecker

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Female Blackcap bathing

Female Blackcap

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Great-spotted Woodpecker on tree with moss

Great-spotted Woodpecker

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Eurasian Nuthatch on log

Eurasian Nuthatch

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European Crested Tit on pine tree

Crested Tit

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Eurasian Nuthatch on log

Eurasian Nuthatch


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European Crested Tit on log

Crested Tit


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European Robin on log with moss

European Robin


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Eurasian Nuthatch on log

Eurasian Nuthatch


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Deep in the forest

Not far from the city of Girona in northern Catalonia there is a forgotten, dreamy and beautiful village called Sant Esteve de Guialbes, surrounded by vast cereal fields and deep, humid forests.

Two nature lovers have managed to bring the shy inhabitants of the european jungle in close reach of the cameras and marvelled eyes of those among us who are in love with anything which is alive on this planet.

Their enterprise Naturaprop has slowly developed from an initial project consisting in one hide to now three of them with different target species but all of them equally interesting and enjoyable. (I may report in the future about the other two hides)

Cal Teixo” is the veteran among the three hides and it boasts specially with the nocturnal mammals and it´s faithful Tawny Owl. Badger, Fox and Genet may appear during the night depending on the time of the year and biological circumstances, the Tawny Owl so far is a hundred per cent reliable model, always making it´s appearance early after sundown.

The night I spent in the comfortable Cal Teixo hide, the Genet and it´s other two colleagues refused to show off (the Genet came the next night though!) but the Owl was there as she does every night. Before nightfall, the late afternoon with it´s beautiful evening backlight allowed for many interesting photos of the many forest bird species which live there. After a night with not much sleep, at sunrise the forest birds appeared again at the end of my stay. During the early morning hours there were again good opportunities to get valuable images.

Common female Blackbird close-up

Female Blackbird

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Common female Blackbird

Female Blackbird

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European Robin on ground

European Robin

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Eurasian Wren on forest ground

Eurasian Wren

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Short-toed Treecreeper on vertical log

Short-toed Treecreeper

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Dunnock bird in European Forest

Dunnock

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Great-spotted Woodpecker on tree

Great-spotted Woodpecker

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Tawny Owl on branch

Tawny Owl

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Male Eurasian Tree Sparrow on log

Tree Sparrow

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Short-toed Treecreeper on vertical log

Short-toed Treecreeper

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Tawny Owl on branch

Tawny Owl

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Blue Tit on ground

Blue Tit

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Great Tit between logs

Great Tit

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Great-spotted Woodpecker

Great-spotted Woodpecker

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Short-toed Treecreeper on vertical log

Short-toed Treecreeper

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Spring?

It´s not yet time but today I saw my first Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) in a riverine forest near to the Congost River, Granollers (Catalonia).

Day temperatures around 20 ºC animate them to come out, it seems. Night temperatures have also improved staying above 9ºC.

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