Ab van der Burg made this video.
A barn swallow.
A crested lark on a fence. Spotless starlings.
Then, the hoopoe I mentioned. On the same pile of rocks, a little owl as well.
A corn bunting on a fence.
And a corn bunting on a rock.
Then, a booted eagle flying. It tries to catch a hoopoe; in vain.
However, a second booted eagle does catch a second hoopoe.
Then, a crested lark on a fence along the road.
Another bird on the fence on the other side of the road. A really special bird: a great spotted cuckoo. This species is only rarely seen, so we are lucky. They are bigger than common cuckoos. Like their relatives, great spotted cuckoos are nest parasites. But contrary to their relatives, young great spotted cuckoos don’t chuck out the eggs of their hosts. According to recent research, having a young great spotted cuckoo in one’s nest may even benefit carrion crows. On the Belén plain are no carrion crows. Great spotted cuckoo females here lay their eggs in eg, the nests of common magpies.
When we look to the fence on the other side again, a male whinchat sits there.
A short-toed snake eagle flying.
A red kite.
Spanish sparrows on a fence.
A white stork on a meadow.
A calandra lark on a dirt road.
And let us also not forget the many spring flowers of the Belén steppe.
Stay tuned, for more Extremadura birds!
This video by Jarinka Heijink from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):
“Last Thursday I was walking in the forest when I suddenly saw a young red fox of 2-3 weeks old. Because it was so young and weak and I heard more foxes further away in a grove, I called the animal ambulance. They came to the conclusion that probably the mother fox had died, and the baby foxes went looking for food outside the den. We found four fox cubs. The employees of Dierenambulance Lower Rhine have taken the foxes to a shelter, so they can safely convalesce.
The video shows two of the four cubs and is very special because they do not come out of the den normally at this age.”
Jarinka has let us know that things now go well for the foxes.
They will be freed when they will be old enough to survive in the wild.
This video about Spain is called Hiker gets the shock of his life after stumbling across 230 million-year-old [pre-]dinosaur footprint.
By Lee Moran:
Hiker Happens Upon Prehistoric Footprint Of 230-Million-Year-Old Reptile
The fossil features details of the dinosaur-like creature’s claw and skin.
05/03/2016 08:38 am ET
It’s a trek that they’ll never forget.
A hiker walking in hills near Barcelona, northeastern Spain, stumbled upon a fossilized footprint believed to belong to a reptile-like ancestor of the dinosaurs. The extinct creature, called Isochirotherium, roamed the Earth during the Middle Triassic period some 230 million years ago.
It’s the “best preserved print ever found in the Iberian Peninsula,” reports the Spanish news agency EFE.
Olesa de Montserrat town council made a plaster cast of the print, according to the local newspaper La Vanguardia. The regional Department of Culture’s archaeology and paleontology service is examining the fossilized print.
Eudald Mujal, a paleontologist at Barcelona’s Autonomous University, said it was “exceptionally well preserved” and even “retains details of claw and skin.”
He told The Local that the now Isochirotherium was part of the archosaur group of animals. They were “similar to crocodiles, of quadrupedal gait, but with longer limbs,” and a more erect posture Mujal, said.