Crakes on the scope I: Baillon’s Crake

“So, my theory is hot dogs are not actually dogs, despite what they teach you in school.” – Greg. Over the Garden Wall (David Smith, 2014). Regardless of their country of origin, every European birder would agree that crakes are undoubtedly among the most glamorous species of the continent.  All 3 species regularly occurring in [...]

Purple sandpiper in Barcelona city

“A mind of moderate capacity which closely pursues one study must infallibly arrive at great proficiency in that study.” ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein Although pretty common in north European shores, Purple Sandpiper remains a mythical species in the Mediterranean. The lack of suitable habitat, partly due to the almost non-existent tides but also to the [...]

Waders night&day

“I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.” – Franz Kafka We don’t have too much energy. After almost 2 weeks of ringing, the forces are already scarce since the cruel northern summer forces us to wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning. Therefore, when deciding what to do, you’d rather [...]