HOT ! on the trail of the Iberian Lynx

The blog is back, at last,  after a long break due to matters over which I had no control, but thats now history so onward. Summer has arrived here with a vengeance, and  last week the temperature hit 44 degrees centigrade.  I have had the pleasure of trekking for long distances in it, kayaking up a lake  and sitting  in a hide for most of it, it was a tad uncomfortable to say the least.

The Lynx I am pursuing  are, like most sensible mammals in the area, seeking the sanctity of the  shaded areas , awaiting  the relative cool of evening to feed, hunt and doing  any frolicking they feel like they need to do, because just breathing in this heat is a bit of an effort.

I must admit I have been click slack in my Lynx pursuing activities, not that I am being lazy, it is actually the opposite, as I have found the nest of a Spanish Imperial Eagle, located high in a eucalyptus tree, which is growing on the shore of the 20 km long body of water formed by the La Lancha dam . The nest contains 3 chicks ,whom at the the time of writing will probably fledge the nest by the middle of the month. Locating this was a huge bonus and the location is a dream as I can reach a few locations to film the nest by using a kayak, generously donated by a friend.

This species is only found in Spain and neighboring Portugal, and it’s total population on the Iberian Peninsula is around 320 breeding pairs, so to find a nest with 3 chicks in it, and have the possibility to film the nest from a safe and responsible distance was an early xmas present. So armed with a kayak, my camera gear and fueled up with a stomach full of porridge bananas and large quantities of local mountain honey for breakfast, I have been doing a lot of paddling to various sites to observe and film the chicks in the nest.

It seems i have been getting a little ahead of myself with this species, with regards to filming it. There is a lot of red tape in Spain and I recently found out, after my latest filming exploits that I am actually filming illegally. The Medio Ambiente are in charge of Spain’s National Parks and all other wild and protected spaces. There are certain species , and the Eagle is one, which require specific permission to film, and this fact I was not aware of.  I paid them a visit earlier today as I also had to fill in paperwork to apply to Kayak on the resovoir where the nest is located, they love paperwork in Spain and the government in Spain and the autonomous regions in Spain all employ vast amounts of people to fill it in and shuffle it around.

So I am trying to obtain a legal status to keep the authorities happy, but they would give birth to kittens if they knew how much Iberian Lynx footage I have shot so far, which also fall in  the category of          ( yes you’ve guessed it ) special permission. needed. So I have to tread lightly as I cannot afford to burn bridges as the success of future filming exploits will depend very much on a good working relationship with the Medio Ambiente.

With this in mind I marched off to their offices with a smile and the dimensions of the kayak, filled in the forms and promised I would observe all the rules and regulations regarding filming here in the region.  They are happy, I am happy , so now I am off to hopefully  film  a Lynx, as a friend has just come up with some great information from a friend working with an organization that tracks some Lynx that are fitted with GPS tracking collars, just better make sure , I don’t get too close, as I have no doubt the republic of red tape will have something to say about that !




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