Nightingale and woodchat shrikes in Extremadura, Spain


Azure-winged magpie, Jaraicejo, 14 April 2016

After 13 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain came 14 April. In the morning, this azure-winged magpie near Jaraicejo.

Barn swallows collect mud for their nests.

A black kite flying. Hoopoe and bee-eater calling. Typical Extremadura birds.

Short-toed treecreeper, 14 April 2016

A short-toed treecreeper on a branch.

Corn bunting, Jaraicejo, 14 April 2016

A corn bunting on another branch.

Woodchat shrike, Extremadura, 14 April 2016

And a woodchat shrike on yet another branch.

In the afternoon, a walk around Jaraicejo. A crested lark.

Around Jaraicejo, 14 April 2016

A nightingale sings beautifully.

A cuckoo calls. A goldfinch on a branch.

Cork oak, 14 April 2016

Cork oaks.

Butterflies, including small heath.

Woodchat shrike, in Extremadura, 14 April 2016

Again, a woodchat shrike.

Cork oaks, 14 April 2016

And, again, cork oaks.

Jaraicejo, 14 April 2016

We saw Jaraicejo village.

Domestic pigeon, 16 April 2016

In a hole in a village wall, a domestic pigeon rested.

In the lakelet near the village, a little grebe swimming. Two cattle egrets on the bank.

Monfragüe wildlife in Extremadura, Spain


This video is called Monfragüe National Park, Spain.

This 2015 red deer video is called The doe and her fawn, on a hot afternoon in September in Monfragüe National Park. Cáceres, Spain.

After these two videos about Monfragüe National Park, where we were on 13 April 2016, our next blog post on Extremadura will be on wildlife we saw on 14 April.

Egyptian vultures, imperial eagles, rock buntings in Extremadura, Spain


This video from Spain says about itself:

Program for the protection of threatened birds of prey in the Monfragüe National Park

18 September 2015

ACCIONA has introduced a selective feeding system that provides an additional (and secure) source of food for species such as the red kite. More information: here.

Still 13 April 2016 in Extremadura. After the orchids and other flowers just outside Monfragüe National Park, and the fish inside the park, now the birds of Monfragüe.

We see one of the Spanish imperial eagle nests. A grey heron flies just above the river.

Petticoat daffodils flowering. Rather late, as they sometimes start in February. Probably because of the relatively cold spring.

We walk on to the vantage point Mirador de la Portilla del Tiétar.

Griffon vultures at nest, 13 April 2016

On the other side of the Tiétar river are various griffon vulture nests. Like the one on this photo, with a young bird present.

Above them, on the highest mountain ridge: a male blue rock thrush.

Red-rumped swallows have a nest in a hole in a rock. A crag martin flies past.

A blackbird calls.

A male rock bunting on a leafless tree.

We go back to the eagle nest. This time, we actually see a Spanish imperial eagle.

Griffon vulture and Spanish imperial eagle, 13 April 2016

The male flies along the rocks, showing it is smaller than the griffon vulture on the left of the photo.

Spanish imperial eagle, 13 April 2016

Then, the eagle, as he flies to his nest, passes another, much smaller, bird.

A Cetti’s warbler sings.

Egyptian vulture, 13 April 2016

A few hundred meter further, an Egyptian vulture on its nest on the other side of the river.

Still further, two Egyptian vultures flying. A bit later, four griffon vultures.

A jay.

A short-toed snake eagle flies.

Subalpine warbler, 13 April 2016

A beautiful male subalpine warbler.

A booted eagle flying.

Conical orchid flowers.

Salta del Gitano, 13 April 2016

We reach the famous Salta del Gitano vantage point.

Rock bunting, 13 April 2016

A male rock bunting sings.

Griffon vultures, 13 April 2016

Griffon vultures gather on a rock, while others fly around.

Black stork nest, 13 April 2016

Black storks nest here.

A bit further, an Eurasian black vulture nest in a tree.

Fish of Monfragüe national park, Extremadura, Spain


This July 2015 video from the Guadalora river in Andalusia, Spain shows Tropidophoxinellus alburnoides (or: Squalius alburnoides) fish. This species lives a bit more to the north, in Extremadura, as well.

Still 13 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain. We had arrived at Monfragüe national park. Before blogging about birds in that park, first about fish: based on a park sign, and this source.

Indigenous fish species in the park waters include the two barbel species Iberian barbel and Luciobarbus bocagei.

Also autochthonous: Iberian nase. And Iberochondrostoma lemmingii. Both species are related.

And Tropidophoxinellus alburnoides. And Squalius pyrenaicus.

All these autochthonous species mentioned here are endemic to Spain and Portugal.

This video from Spain says about itself:

20 January 2015

Brown trout (Salmo trutta), Iberian barbel (Luciobarbus bocagei) and Iberian nase (Pseudochondrotoma polylepis) ascending the vertical-slot fishway model built in Hydraulics Laboratory (Centre for studies and experimentation on public works, CEDEX).

Fish species of Monfragüe, introduced from elsewhere, include carp.

And Prussian carp (introduced from, originally, Asia).

And largemouth bass, pumpkinseed and black bullhead, all three from North America.

And northern pike. And zander.

And big wels catfish.

And much smaller eastern mosquitofish.

Azure-winged magpie and hoopoe in Extremadura, Spain, 12 April


This video is called Pictures of birds, during our holiday in Extremadura, Spain (23 April – 1 May 2011).

After 11 April 2016, came 12 April for us in Extremadura.

We went for a walk. A beautiful hoopoe sitting on an electric wire.

Unfortunately, like on many days, it then started to rain. Harder than yesterday. We had to go back.

Spanish sparrow, 12 April 2016

Later, sometimes the rain stopped; making it possible to photograph birds on the holly oak trees. Like this male Spanish sparrow.

Azure-winged magpie, 12 April 2016

Or these azure-winged magpies.

Azure-winged magpie, Jaraicejo, 12 April 2016

Cows, plants and rain in Spain


My last blog post on Extremadura in Spain before this one was about the rainy day, 11 April 2016, in Trujillo town. However, rain was not limited to that day. Or to Trujillo. Eg, this video is from a few days after 11 April, in Jaraicejo village. It shows cows, while some barn swallows fly past.

This video is about holly oaks near Jaraicejo in the rain.

Raindrops on flowers, April 2016

Many raindrops on flowers as well.

Holly oaks, 11 April 2016

This photo shows some sunlight on holly oaks again.

In my next blog post on Extremadura, chronological order will return; so, it will be about 12 April.