On 17 April 2016, after we saw great bustards earlier, we were still in the steppe area of Extremadura.
Three tawny pipits walking on the dirt road.
Two white storks fly past.
We don’t see them. But we do see Spanish pond turtles resting on rocks along the bank.
A nightingale sings.
A booted eagle flies past.
A chaffinch sings.
A grey wagtail on the river bank.
A crag martin flying.
Stonechat male and female on a bush.
This video from Spain says about itself:
27 April 2013
Rollers are fantastic members of the avifauna of Extremadura. This pair are at their nest box, put up specifically for them. A beautiful bird.
We arrive at an area where Spanish bird lovers have put nest boxes for rollers on electricity poles. Other bird species, like spotless starlings, lesser kestrels, common kestrels and jackdaws also use these nest boxes.
A roller sitting near a nestbox.
A red kite flying.
Great bustards on the other side of the road.
Also rollers on that side, sitting on rocks.
Another roller next to its nestbox.
A lesser kestrel couple at another nestbox.
As we continue, a male Montagu’s harrier flying.
And a female as well.
A zitting cisticola flies while singing.
A black kite flies.
A male and a female Montagu’s harrier flying together. Another male shows up. So does a female marsh harrier.
A southern grey shrike on a bush.