Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Losing chick in the forest

This punk chick seemed to have fallen from its nest in a Silver fir (Abies alba) in the way of plaza Beunza ( Irabia´s reservoir). There was unharmed and was able to move quickly. Probably could plan to cushion his fall.

In my opinion could be a baby thrush,  by the incipient spotted breast and wing colors. What do you think?

 I leaved it in a  highest place in the hope that the mother would hear, and  rub off my scent so that she will not reject it. In any case, was all that  could be done. If not working, in a short time would be food for one of the many forest carnivores.

Irabia´s  reservoir  (Aezkoa/Salazar valleys)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Salamanders in Irati forest

Salamanders are a colorful amphibians that in Irati like the freshness of the beech, where they live under rocks, leaves, or wherever they may have moisture.

In the spring often  they go to the wells and streams to lay eggs. The youngs, at first glance,are very much like a newt, but are more minnows. In this picture we can see the gills, like feathers coming out from behind his head that  allow them to breathe in the water. Later they will disappear, as they develop their lungs.

Larva of Salamandra

These are adult salamanders, caught under a log that I wanted away. The further west we go in the Iberian Peninsula, more black and less yellow are. The colors indicate poison, and in contact with the mucous of the mouth of an animal, it inmediately spit it. If someone you touches them, wash your hands before touch yours mouth or eyes.

Salamanders(Salamandra salamandra)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Common swift down

A few days ago I met a swift (Apus apus) falled in Orbaizeta /Aezkoa (Navarre), a few kilometers from the forest of Irati. Apparently had no wounds or looked too young. Neither seemed stunned by a heat stroke, as the temperature did not exceed 25 degrees.
If it flew away,it couldn´t  no more than  about 100 meters and fell back to ground. That way the cats would eat him in few time. So, I took him home and I had quiet and with a pot of water near , around 4 hours.

Then he began to flap their wings vigorously. Take it out into the street, and then yes, he flew away.

It is quite common in many places to see swifts fallen.Their  wings are  too long to start the flight from the ground. If you meet one, I recommend a very good link (in spanish) with all the necessary tips: