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Stars of Andujar

Stars of Andujar

Today was my first day in a photo hide in order to photograph an Iberian Lynx. For the night I had the opportunity to sleep at the campsite of the area. I thought this would be some kind of camping. That turned out to be a little bit different. Apparently they are not used to people actually going for the camping option in winter.

I’m allowed to sleep in the kitchen. You’ve got to imagine that in the middle of the area is a building that has a kitchen and a couple of hundred meters further is a house with a keeper. He explains to me first how the gas works and then I can try for myself. Pans all turn out to be dirty after a short inspection, that is not such a big problem, but more troubling is that they are all made out of almost a centimetre thick steel. Try to warm that up on a low gas burner! My plan was to cook some spaghetti and eat it with some sauce I’ve brought. So meat and vegetables go in one of the huge steel pans and for the spaghetti I have to think of something else. Finally the kettle turns out to be a great alternative for a cooking pan and the spaghetti is quickly cooked. About one and a half hour after arrival I’m finally able to eat a more or less hot meal. It’s now already pretty late in the evening, but when I look outside I know I’m not going to sleep yet. The stars are nicely visible. The next morning I hear from the guide who brings me to the hide every day that this is apparently one of the best areas in Europe to watch stars. So I’m enjoying myself nicely for the next hour and I get the following photo’s:

Luckily all the messing around hasn’t been for nothing. For the other night I arrange to sleep in a little hotel near Andujar though. Comfort is important too, I am on vacation after all!

Want to know if I managed to see the Lynx? Click here!

For a full trip report, have a look at Mammalwatching.com.


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