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.

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.

Great bustards, small larks, Extremadura, Spain


This video says about itself:

Birds of Spain – with Wingspan Bird Tours – Great bustard, Extremadura, Spain Oct 2010

A small flock of Great bustards feeding on the plains near Santa Marta, Extremadura, Spain.

After 16 April 2016 in Extremadura came 17 April 2016 for us.

At a filling station, an azure-winged magpie sitting on a trashcan. And a spotless starling on a lamppost; and a white wagtail on the ground.

A bit further, a white stork flies with nesting material in its bill.

We stop. A black kite flying.

Dehesa, 17 April 2016

This is ‘dehesa’ countryside: typical for Extremadura, with mostly holly oak trees at some distance from each other.

A short-toed snake eagle flying.

A cuckoo calls. A hoopoe calls. A corn bunting sings.

Steppe, 17 April 2016

We continue to a different type of countryside. Between Trujillo and Cáceres towns, with less trees. Steppe scenery.

What kind of birds live here? We hear a quail; but, as usually with this elusive species, we don’t see it. We do see another elusive species, a special bird for this region: a little bustard. However, this lone male is far away.

Steppe, Extremadura, 17 April 2016

We go a little further, to another part of the steppe.

Will be see another elusive species, special birds for this region, here: great bustards?

Great bustard, 17 April 2016

Yes, there is one male!

Great bustards, 17 April 2016

A bit later it turns out he is not alone. In this mating season, we see three males and two females.

A calandra lark sings.

A big griffon vulture flying. So do much smaller swifts.

A woodchat shrike.

Crested lark, 17 April 2016

A crested lark sings on a fence.

A booted eagle flying.

Kestrel, 17 April 2016

We are a bit further. A female kestrel resting.

Great bustard, Extremadura, 17 April 2016

In another part of the steppe, again a male great bustard walking.

Great bustard flies, Extremadura, 17 April 2016

While another great bustard flies overhead.

Extremadura birds, fungi, caterpillars, rain


This is a Spanish video about birds in Extremadura.

After 15 April 2016 in Extremadura came 16 April 2016 for us.

A rainy day again.

Holly oaks, 16 April 2016

While the holly oaks kept standing still.

Hoopoe, corn bunting, blackbird sounds.

Also cuckoo and bee-eater sounds.

Caterpillars, 16 April 2016

A mass of caterpillars.

Wood ear fungi, 16 April 2016

Wood ear and other fungi.