Following on from this mornings brief post of a spider photograph, I’ve now got everything ready for a proper post and review of the day, so here-we-go!
Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata is a nature watcher’s paradise, as well as a photographer’s paradise of course and there is much to see and do. The park encompasses an outstanding variety of habitats from coastal dunes, beaches, steep cliffs, salt-pans, a substantial marine zone, salt-marshes, inland arid steppe and dry river beds. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere reserve in 1997, the park shelters an extraordinary wealth of wildlife, including many rare and endemic plants and endangered fauna.
Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata contains one of Spain’s most important wetland areas for breeding and overwintering birds, Las Salinas de Cabo de Gata, the saltwater lagoon that runs parallel to the beach and is separated from it by a 400m-wide sand bar. Located between San Miguel and the Cabo de Gata headland, this lagoon is of outstanding ecological interest. Las Salinas (salt-pans) are the only ones still in operation in eastern Andalucia.
On 1 April, Jesus Contreras of Oz Nature organised an excursion for about 25 people around the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata to observe the nature and study the bird-life of the area, it was a long and hot but truly fantastic day.
Our excursion started at Las Amoladeras not far from the visitors centre and took us by foot to the town of Cabo de Gata where we stopped for lunch, via the Rambla Morales. In the afternoon we went to Las Salinas to watch amongst other things, the flamingoes.
I’ve edited down the number of photographs I took of the day and once again, created a slide-show, I hope you like it.