Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pescar, desenhar e observar aves no rio Sabor / Fishing, sketching and birdwatching at river Sabor

Sempre que passo um dia no rio Sabor, fico maravilhada com a paisagem, a natureza e o sossego. E penso na sorte que tenho em viver a dois passos de um sítio como este, especialmente quando o comparo com a maioria dos rios europeus, por norma tão artificializados. Infelizmente, o Sabor não será excepção por muito tempo, uma vez que uma grande barragem se encontra já em construção. Sendo a obra mais para juzante, este sítio irá permanecer inalterado, fraca consolação, mas ainda assim...

Houve tempo para fazer um piquenique, desenhar, nadar, pescar e até vimos uma magnífica águia-real (Aquila chrysaetus) a ser perseguida por um peneireiro. A fotografia não está famosa, mas se clicarem nela, ficará maior e será possível observar as manchas brancas que permitem saber que se trata de um juvenil e não de um adulto.

O desenho foi feito com caneta preta à prova de água e aguarelas, e mostra as minhas filhas - uma delas a desenhar e escrever no seu recém-estreado diário de férias (uma ideia de que falei aqui e de que ambas gostaram) e a outra tenta apanhar peixes com o camaroeiro. Havia muito mais para desenhar, mas às vezes apetece mais estar do que fazer. Sabem a que me refiro?

Each time I spend a day at river Sabor I marvel at the scenery, the wildlife and the peace. And I think how lucky I am to live close to a place like this, by comparison with the standard European rivers, most of them heavily modified. Unfortunately, Sabor won't be an exception for long (a big dam is under construction downstream), but at least this spot will remain untouched.


We had time for a picnic, sketching, swimming, fishing and we even watched a magnificent young Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetus) being beaten by a kite! The picture is not amazing, but if you click it to enlarge, you can see the white spots in the plumage that show the bird is a juvenile.

The sketch was made with watecolours and water-proof black ink pen (Uni-ball Eye UB157 Rollerball Pen) and shows my kids - one of them is drawing and writing on her new summer diary (an idea I was thinking about here and they both happened to like) and the other one is trying to catch some fish. There was so much more to sketch. But sometimes, you just feel like being, instead of doing. Do you know what I mean?

3 comments:

  1. Ana dear, thanks for your words of encouragement and for your new posting.

    Here we are taking DOWN dams and returning rivers and streams to their near original state. They've found that when the salmon and small fish like alewives start returning and migrating up their home streams, they produce more offspring, which in turn provides more food for cod etc. Life's circle.

    Sending love,

    S

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  2. Yes Sharon, I know... There are places in Europe (where damming started earlier and in a heavier way) where dams are being taken down and rivers re-naturalized too. People know this is the way to go, but economic and political interests sometimes have more weight than reason... and as weird as it may seem, while EU funds are used to re-meander rivers in some places, EU funds are also used to destroy rivers elsewhere.
    I hope you are doing better by now...

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