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.

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.

Egyptian vulture, snake eagle in Extremadura, Spain


Crested larks, 18 April 2016

After earlier on 18 April 2016, we are on that day still in Extremadura, Spain. We go back, uphill from the river valley. Crested larks on the dirt road.

Egyptian vulture, 18 April 2016

An Egyptian vulture flying.

Egyptian vulture, on 18 April 2016

It flies closer to us.

A hoopoe calls.

Red sandspurry, 18 April 2016

Many red sandspurry flowers in the middle of the road.

Gum rockrose, 18 April 2016

Later, along the road, gum rockrose flowers.

In the dehesa behind a fence, a red deer.

Short-toed snake eagle, 18 April 2016

While we walk in the dehesa, a short-toed snake eagle flies past.

Jaraicejo church, 18 April 2016

In the distance, we see the church of Jaraicejo village already.

Common water-crowfoot, 18 April 2016

In a lakelet, common water-crowfoot flowers.

Holly oak flowering, 18 April 2016

A bit further, a holly oak flowering.

Stonechat, lark and beetle in Extremadura, Spain


This video from Spain says about itself:

More than 128,000 Common Cranes counted in winter 2013-2014 in Extremadura! Even more than last year. Large concentrations on rice and corn stubble. Amazing spectacle! Easy to watch from the car or with a short walk.

Sierra de Gredos snowy mountains, 18 April 2016

After 17 April in Extremadura came 18 April for us. Not winter any more; unusually cold spring weather. That meant still snow on the over 2,000 m high Sierra de Gredos mountains.

Sierra de Gredos snowy mountains, on 18 April 2016

Corn buntings singing.

Tongue-orchid, 18 April 2016

Tongue-orchids.

Quail sounds. Three bee-eaters flying.

Crested lark, 18 April 2016

A crested lark takes a dust bath on the dirt road.

A chaffinch sings.

Red-striped oil beetle, 18 April 2016

An unusual insect crosses the road. It is a female red-striped oil beetle. One of the largest European insects, this species is unable to fly.

Stonechat male singing, 18 April 2015

Next, a male stonechat.

A goldfinch on the road.

At a bridge across the river, the public road stops. We hear Cetti’s warbler, great tit and Iberian green frog sounds.

Rollers and Montagu’s harriers, Extremadura, Spain


This June 2013 video was made during an excursion from Finca Las Abubillas to the steppe areas of Extremadura in Spain. It shows a roller and a little owl.

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.

White storks, 17 April 2016

Two white storks fly past.

We arrive at the Magasca river. According to a sign, Iberochondrostoma lemmingii and Iberian barbel fish swim there.

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.

We continue.

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.

Roller, 17 April 2016

A roller sitting near a nestbox.

A red kite flying.

Great bustards on the other side of the road.

Rollers, 17 April 2016

Also rollers on that side, sitting on rocks.

Roller, Extremadura, 17 April 2016

Another roller next to its nestbox.

A lesser kestrel couple at another nestbox.

Montagu's harrier male, 17 April 2016

As we continue, a male Montagu’s harrier flying.

Montagu's harrier male, on 17 April 2016

Montagu's harrier female, 17 April 2016

And a female as well.

A zitting cisticola flies while singing.

Stone-curlew sound.

A black kite flies.

Montagu's harrier males, 17 April 2016

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.

This video is about Extremadura in April 2012; showing great bustard and other birds.