A prodigious Iberian Lynx watching day in Sierra de Andujar – II

A prodigious Iberian Lynx watching day. Wildlife Watching Ecotourism in Andujar – Part II

Iberian Lynx Watching Tours Andujar Spain - two birds one stone
Iberian Lynx specimen resting on the mossy rocks in front to us

Day 1: January 14, 2014

On the first day of our trip, we left at dawn to try to watch the Iberian Lynx in Sierra de Andujar. We knew that a specimen of Iberian Lynx was being seen in recent weeks in a particular area within a private estate which we had permission to access, so we headed there in the early hours of the morning.

We got out of the car in silence and when we had walked only 100 meters, just around a group of holm oaks... THERE IT WAS! In a clearing in the forest, looking directly to us but without getting scared, as if to say: you came to see me, huh? Well, here I am. Parsimoniously, it moved to a group of large stones and reached its highest point and sat down. It looked us disinterestedly and quickly accommodated on the moss as domestic cats do on a pillow and... got deeply asleep! Not even the magpies with their stridency noting the presence of the predator, managed to alter slightly its determined rest.

Although its relaxation was complete and nothing made think we could suppose any discomfort to the animal, we chose not to come closer, as our first priority above any other, was to avoid altering its behavior or any disturbance caused by the craving to get a better picture or have a better viewing angle. This is a critically endangered species and it is not acceptable to try to reach the limits when it was allowing us much more than anyone would have expected in their best prospects.

Its integration with the terrain was total. Even knowing it was there, very close, we were not able to distinguish it with the naked eye. We all agreed that we would not have been able to detect this specimen if we had been unaware of its presence. We would have passed it, and would have not known.

A Spanish Imperial Eagle couple flew in the sky above us, while they seemed to celebrate our fortune with their calls. The scene was amazing...

Occasionally, the Iberian Lynx specimen slowly sat up, stretched, looked around to make sure everything was in its place - including us - yawned, licked its claws, stroked its ruff with its feet, and again accommodated to fall back into a deep sleep.

Reluctant but resigned due to the lack of light, we decided to leave, being aware that probably we would not enjoy the extraordinary event we had lived any more.

In our accommodation, after settling down and relaxing in front of a superb dinner, our faces revealed a deep satisfaction which increased, if possible, when we contemplated the brilliant photographs and videos we had taken.

We are moving now.

We will tell everybody where we are once we arrive.