Thursday, 28 July 2016

Bonelli's Eagles

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I also managed to see several Bonelli's Eagles in Extremadura which was fantastic. I saw one out on the plains which flushed a few Pin-tailed Sandgrouse for me - which was nice(as that bloke on the Fast Show used to say) - but these bits of video were taken in Monfrague National Park. Here, I even saw them hunting in pairs just as I read in Lars Jonsson 30 years ago. Why did I wait so long to start birding abroad? It's Brilliaaaant!!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Saucedilla

Saucedilla is a town that reminded me of Seaton. It's a long way from the coast though, so why? Well, it's right next to a large wetland with five hides! All easily accessible too; drive-in birding of the best kind. All the Iberian Herons were present - Grey, Purple, Night, Squacco and Little Bittern were seen within an hour. Savi's Warblers and Great Reed Warblers sang in full view. But I was surprised to see 2 Ferruginous Ducks present in June. I wonder if they're breeding? That would be good news for the re-introduction programme although I thought that was taking place further North and East! Here's some video of them anyway...

Ferruginous Ducks