Booted eagle and architecture in Extremadura, Spain

This video is about flowers and birds in Parque Nacional Monfragüe in Extremadura, Spain.

After 23 April 2016, on 24 April 2016 we left Extremadura.

Before we left, for the last time the cuckoo, hoopoe, blackbird and collared dove sounds.

Jaraicejo, gates next to church, 24 April 2016

We went to Jaraicejo village. Next to the church, two gates.

Around the church, as usually, domestic pigeons flying. Suddenly, a bit of a panic as a booted eagle tries to catch one.

Swifts flying.

A white wagtail on a street.

Two inhabited white stork nests on the church.

Jaraicejo, street, 24 April 2016

We walk around, looking at Jaraicejo buildings.

Jaraicejo, another street, 24 April 2016

Jaraicejo, yet another street, 24 April 2016

We walk around some more.

Jaraicejo, Extremadura, street, 24 April 2016

Jaraicejo, center, 24 April 2016

We walk back to the village center.

Jaraicejo, on a street, 24 April 2016

Not far from there, we meet an elderly widow.

Jaraicejo, inside a house, 24 April 2016

She shows us her home. Judging from the antlers on the walls, there were deer hunters in her family.

We leave, as we have to catch the bus to Madrid airport.

Extremadura, bye-bye!

Chaffinch, Sardinian warbler, bees, flowers in Extremadura, Spain

Chaffinch, Extremadura, 23 April 2016

Still 23 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain. After the bee-eaters, spotless starlings and rock sparrows of the morning, we went to the Garganta del Cubo stream. Above the valley, we saw this female chaffinch calling from a cork oak.

Cork oaks, 23 April 2016

More cork oaks.

Extremadura path, 23 April 2016

A blackbird flies across the path.

Gum rockrose, 23 April 2016

Gum rockrose flowers.

A Sardinian warbler sings.

A nightingale sings.

Beehives, 23 April 2016

Many beehives with many bees.

Fungus, 23 April 2016

A fungus. This species was present in many places along the path, also along the road at lower altitude. It did not seem to mind stony soil.

The introduction of Eucalyptus trees to Extremadura brought also Australian fungi.

White flowers, 23 April 2016

Next, beautiful white flowers, with a beautiful blue butterfly with folded wings on them.

Garganta del Cubo, 23 April 2016

After our arrival in the valley, and resting there a bit, we walk back.

Footpath, 23 April 2016

Sometimes, the footpath goes downwards, but mainly upwards.

A cinereous vulture flying.

Rosemary, 23 April 2016

Still, beautiful flowers. Like these rosemary ones.

Lavender, 23 April 2016

And this lavender one.

Spotless starlings, rock sparrow in Extremadura, Spain

Spotless starlings, 23 April 2016

Still 23 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain. From the hide near Jaraicejo one cannot only see the bee-eaters mentioned on this blog earlier. There are also spotless starlings like these ones, trying to squat in tunnels dug by bee-eaters in their nesting colony.

Spotless starling, 23 April 2016

Sometimes they make lots of noise and spread their wings.

Spotless starling, Jaraicejo, 23 April 2016

Spotless starling, on 23 April 2016

Sometimes they behave more quietly.

Spotless starling on branch, 23 April 2016

Sometimes they sit on a branch close to the hide.

Rock sparrow, 23 April 2016

A rock sparrow did that as well. Note also the lichen on the branch.

Extremadura, Spain bee-eater photography

This is a 2015 bee-eater video.

23 April 2013 was our last full day in Extremadura.

To the bee-eater colony, in the dehesa not far away from Jaraicejo village.

Bee-eaters, near Jaraicejo, 23 April 2016

Though spring this year is colder and more rainy than usually, bee-eaters have already arrived at the nesting colony.

Bee-eater colony and hide, near Jaraicejo, 23 April 2016

The photos of this blog post are from a small hide, not far from the sandy slope where bee-eaters dig their nesting colony holes (not the hide on the right of this photo; a similar one).

Bee-eaters, near Jaraicejo, on 23 April 2016

Though the bee-eaters are back from their wintering in Africa, they have not really started mating and digging nests yet.

Bee-eater, near Jaraicejo, on 23 April 2016

They don’t yet often sit on the branches close to the nests and the hide. This bird is an exception.

Bee-eaters, near Jaraicejo, Extremadura, on 23 April 2016

Most bee-eaters are further away.

Bee-eaters, near Jaraicejo, Extremadura, Spain, on 23 April 2016

Like on a branch near the other hide.

Bee-eater, on branch near Jaraicejo, on 23 April 2016

Until, finally, again, a bee-eater sits down on the ‘right’ branch.

House martins, stonechats in Extremadura, Spain

Spotless starling, 22 April 2016

After 21 April 2016 came 22 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain. In Jaraicejo village, this spotless starling singing on a chimney.

House martins, 22 April 2016

Just outside the village, house martins gathered mud for their nests from dirt road puddles.

House martins, Jaraicejo, 22 April 2016

Two crested larks not far away.

We walk further. A hoopoe flying.

Flowers, 22 April 2016

Many flowers.

Flower, 22 April 2016

A corn bunting sings on a fence.

A white stork flying.

Stonechat female and male, 22 April 2016

As we walk back, a female and a male stonechat on a bush.

A booted eagle flying.

In the village, house martins’ nests under a roof.

Grasshopper, 22 April 2016

A big grasshopper on a flower pot.

We continue to the two lakelets just outside the village. In the one closest to the road, as usually, a little grebe. In the one further away from the road, two little grebes and their nest; and a coot.

Lupine flowers, 22 April 2016

We continue past lupine flowers.

Later, a red kite flying.

Bee-eaters sitting on a leafless branch.

A nuthatch on a tree.

Poppies, other flowers, birds in Extremadura, Spain

Flowers near Trujillo, 21 April 2016

Still 21 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain. After the little owls and egrets of that day, we saw these poppies and other flowers near Trujillo town.

Flowers near Trujillo, Extremadura, 21 April 2016

Poppy, 21 April 2016

In a lakelet, two little grebes call. Also two mallards.

Dehesa, 21 April 2016

We continued to dehesa scenery.

Dehesa, Extremadura, 21 April 2016

In Huertas de la Magdalena village, a goldfinch singing on a TV antenna.

Trujillo, 21 April 2016

A bit further, one has a beautiful view of Trujillo.

Trujillo, on 21 April 2016

Flowers near Trujillo, on 21 April 2016

More flowers still.

Flowers near Trujillo, in Extremadura, 21 April 2016

Flowers near Trujillo, in Extremadura, Spain, 21 April 2016

A male stonechat on a wall.

Little owl, egrets, red-legged partridge in Spain

Corn bunting sings, 21 April 2016

Still 21 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain; after seeing the great spotted cuckoo, booted eagle and other birds. Next, we saw this corn bunting, singing next to a thistle flower.

A woodchat shrike on a pole.

Two great crested grebes swimming in a lake. Also a mallard with ducklings. On the bank cattle egrets, little egrets and a spoonbill.

We are near a stone wall and eucalyptus trees. A little owl couple are said to live here. Will putting mealworms on the wall attract them?

Little owl male, 21 April 2016

There is the male little owl in an eucalyptus tree. You have to look hard at the picture puzzle style photo to find him.

Little owl female, 21 April 2016

Then, the female little owl appears from a hole in the wall.

Little owl female looks at sky, 21 April 2016

She looks at the sky, to see if there is any threat from a booted eagle or other raptor.

Litte owl female on wall, Extremadura, 21 April 2016

Then, she feeds on the mealworms.

Little owl female on wall, 21 April 2016

And disappears into the wall again.

Red-legged partridge, 21 April 2016

Along the road, a red-legged partridge.

Cattle egret, 21 April 2016

We arrive at a nesting colony where hundreds of birds live. Like this cattle egret.

Nesting colony, 21 April 2016

As far as I could see, most birds in the colony were cattle egrets, but there were also little egrets, great egrets, grey herons, great cormorants.

White stork flying, 17 April 2016

And white storks.

White storks, 21 April 2016

A zitting cisticola sings while flying.

A short-toed snake eagle flies.

A short-toed lark along the road.

We arrive at the Trujillo bullring. Lesser kestrels and spotless starlings flying.

Booted eagle, great spotted cuckoo, whinchat in Spain

Hoopoe, 21 April 2016

After 20 April 2016 came 21 April 2016. Probably the highlight of our stay in beautiful Extremadura in Spain. The day we saw this hoopoe.

Before that, at a filling station, a black kite, a house martin and a great egret flying.

We went to the Belén steppes (east of Trujillo).

Two lakelets. In the first lakelet, two black-winged stilts. In the second lakelet behind it, a cattle egret. And a female northern wheatear on the bank.

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.

Corn bunting, 21 April 2016

A corn bunting on a fence.

Corn bunting on rock, 21 April 2016

And a corn bunting on a rock.

Then, a booted eagle flying. It tries to catch a hoopoe; in vain.

Booted eagle with hoopoe, 21 April 2016

However, a second booted eagle does catch a second hoopoe.

Crested lark, 21 April 2016

Then, a crested lark on a fence along the road.

Great spotted cuckoo, 21 April 2016

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.

Whinchat, 21 April 2016

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.

On a tree, scores of bee-eaters; and jackdaws as well.

A white stork on a meadow.

A calandra lark on a dirt road.

On the next meadow, three griffon vultures and two cinereous vultures.

Flowers, 21 April 2016

And let us also not forget the many spring flowers of the Belén steppe.

Stay tuned, for more Extremadura birds!

Cinereous vulture and flowers in Extremadura, Spain

Flowers, 20 April 2016

After 19 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain, came 20 April for us. We walked to the same river as on 18 April. Flowers everywhere.

Hollow-stemmed asphodel, 20 April 2016

Like these hollow-stemmed asphodel flowers.

Hollow-stemmed asphodel flowers, 20 April 2016

Flowers, Extremadura, 20 April 2016

A cinereous vulture flying overhead.

Corn bunting, crested lark songs.

We also hear a cuckoo. And a quail. And a bee-eater.

Two hoopoes flying.

Holly oak, 20 April 2016

A beautiful holly oak tree.

River, 20 April 2016

We reached the river. Much more water in it than two days ago, because of yesterday’s showers.

Then, the rain started again. Lots of rain.

Gum rockrose, 20 April 2016

As we walked back, we saw this gum rockrose flower.

Back from the ashes: African White-backed Vulture in Extremadura, Spain 17/5/201: here.

Extremadura, Spain birds and rain

This video is called Birding Extremadura – Bee-eaters.

After 18 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain came 19 April for us.

Unfortunately, the weather was not as good as in the bee-eater video.

Cows in the rain, Jaraicejo, 19 April 2016

Rain, and more rain, for cows, humans and birds.

We did hear cuckoo, blue tit, corn bunting and hoopoe calls.