4 Feb 2017  Extremadura, 3

The third and final blog on my recent press trip to Extremadura. Cranes are covered in a blog here, and other birds here. This short blog will focus on places and other wildlife. A distinct trip highlight was the chorus of Natterjack Toads that kicked off - the first of the year - on my final night at Casa Rural El Recuerdo. These were easily audible from Martin and Claudia Kelsey'sgarden (indeed, there were probably some in the garden), and I tracked two non-calling individuals down to a drain in the village proper. Cracking amphibians!



James Lowen 

I had forgotten quite how beautiful the Extremadura landscape was. Cracking dehesa, steppes and rocky hillsides. Wonderful. I can't wait to go back in May!

Now for a few scenery pics. I was enchanted by Trujillo, where White Storks were already back on nests, and there were decent roosts of House Sparrows (several hundred), Spotless Starlings ( a few thousand) and Crag Martins (nearly 30, on a building in the central square).

We only saw two species of mammal during the trip, both in Monfrague national park. A few female Red Deer were hanging out, but even better was a single Otter watched fishing along the base of the cliffs at Salto de Gitano. A bit distant, but made for some nice scenic shots, such as the one below. Monfrague harbours several regular locations for Otters - and we were grateful to the group of young Spanish birders who tipped us off about this particular individual. 

Click here to check out my gallery of Spanish wildlife images on my photographic website.