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Posted on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog, Wildlife | 3 comments

Encounters with wolves – Mountains of Riaño

Encounters with wolves – Mountains of Riaño

  ‘Sleeping Amongst Wolves’ is a new e-Book by Andoni Canela. Earlier in the year we made a review of Andoni Canela’s iPad App – ‘AQUILA – The Spanish Imperial Eagle’.  He has since expanded this series to include the Spanish Brown Bear – ‘Urus’ with many photos taken in Asturias. Now, as part of his around the world trip, photographing some of the most emblematic wildlife from 7 continents, he has released a new e-Book ‘Sleeping Amongst Wolves – In search of the Iberian Wolf’ (Durmiendo con lobos – En busca del lobo ibérico).  Video trailer above. Description from iTunes Discover the Iberian Wolf in this spectacular 164-page multi-touch e-Book. More than 140 previously un-published photographs, with videos and audio recordings created by Andoni Canela.  Foreword by wolf specialist Juan Carlos Blanco. Nature photographer Andoni Canela publishes a new book about the Iberian wolf in the mountains of northern Spain. The stunning images, accompanied by audio and video, allow us to see at close quarters, the Iberian wolf living...

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Posted on Jun 4, 2013 in Blog, Wildlife | 1 comment

The Cantabrian brown bear in the forests of Asturias

The Cantabrian brown bear in the forests of Asturias

There are wild, free living bears in Asturias.   To glimpse a bear or even to walk through the same valleys, forests, mountains is something special.  May and June are the optimal months for watching them as they feed amongst the fresh green pastures.  With the recent bad weather, we were running late and it was time for action.  We set off to western Asturias for a long and busy weekend, leaving our lodgings early each morning and not returning until late. Incredibly, we were rewarded on our first evening after walking along a well defined track and waiting patiently with views of the forest covered slopes.  However, the changeable weather continued to haunt us, drizzle, mist and still chilly.  At one point the entire valley was enveloped in mist and our chances, already so slim, now looked more gloomy than the weather. Fortunately, we waited a little longer and got a lucky break – the fog cleared enough to see a large dark mammal – our first brown bear...

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Posted on Oct 31, 2012 in Blog, Trail Cam, Wildlife | 4 comments

Trail Camera – Discovering Animal Pathways in Asturias

Trail Camera – Discovering Animal Pathways in Asturias

Animals frequently use the same paths and tracks to move around their environment.  It could be a route towards a water source or a preferred track for entering a den, sett or resting place. We’ve been fortunate to have access to an area with a well established path.  Although situated close to a village, it’s positioned near a mountain and woodland area.  Badgers have been seen all through the summer, feeding on the fruit from figs trees. It’s an ideal location to prepare a longer term project. So, the goal was to record the species that regularly share the same pathway and try to obtain some interesting video clips. The junction point and main focus of our efforts Even during the summer months and through the thick undergrowth we could spot potential paths. We also discovered badger prints close by, a promising sign. We placed a trail camera on what appeared to be a junction point, just off the main pathway. The tree stump became a badger’s latrine for a period...

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Posted on Sep 30, 2012 in Blog, Places, Wildlife | 0 comments

Valle Moru, Asturias – The Deer Rut

Valle Moru, Asturias – The Deer Rut

September in Asturias is our favorite month. The tourists are few and far between. The temperature is pleasant but you won’t overheat in the high mountains. Fernando and Belinda It also see’s the beginning of the deer rutting season.  When a friend invited us so stay at his cabaña for the weekend, we were excited to say the least. The cabaña is located near the abandoned village of Valle Moru in Ponga, a perfect location for us to witness the deer rut (‘berrea’ in spanish). Surrounded by dense beech and oak forest, the rut can be heard several kilometres away, particularly at dawn and dusk. A very early start is needed to get a good chance of seeing some action.  So armed with cameras, scope and binoculars we headed to good viewpoint each day walking in the dark by torchlight. The stags roaring and belching creates a unforgettable atmosphere.  We were lucky to witness the stags locking antlers although they are incredibly difficult to spot against the mountain side....

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Posted on Jun 25, 2012 in Blog, Trail Cam, Wildlife | 0 comments

Trail Camera – Roe Deer

Trail Camera – Roe Deer

I changed the location of the Bushnell Trophy Cam in an attempt to record pine martens or genets.  No luck with these but the early summer growth has encouraged a pair of roe deer.  It has been very exciting to get a larger mammal so close and in full HD colour. Share...

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