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This blog has been created to share the beauty of Extremadura, one among the last paradises in western Europe. My pictures and videos are not high quality; they intend to show that with inexpensive means and an aficionado approach one can get hold of amazing experiences in this region, full of bio- and territorial diversity. I hope you enjoy what I love sharing. Unless stated otherwise, all the pictures and videos shown here have been shot by and belong to this blog's author.

domingo, 22 de febrero de 2009

An osprey catch on a save-the-Sierra-Brava day

WE went on a demonstration to save the most important wintering area for Common Crane (grus grus, Sp. grulla común) in Extremadura (Spain), using the Via Verde to walk from Madrigalejo to the Casas de Hito reservoir. It was organized by SEO/BirdLife.

The regional authorities have approved a development of a huge two-solar power plant project (one will fill up the entire rice-field background behind some of the birdwatchers/ demonstrators above). We wonder whether the regional authorities want them as the new hip on a nice "green" type of scenery, the panels to be built. These solar panels will literally wall this birdwatching/walking tract of the Via Verde (Spanish for "greenway"), the only one in Extremadura?! For God's sake, it is a ZEPA, Spanish for SPA, the area we are talking about.
BESIDE the solar farm themselves, what about the power lines to be built from there to Valdecaballeros (in the Extremadura southern province of Badajoz). Isn't Extremadura one of the less populated regions in Europe (26/km2)? An area of a quarter bigger than Belgium (density 345/km2). There is so much space for clean energy in Extremadura..., c'mon!
POLITICAL wit apart, we were at our scopes and binoculars, watching cranes feeding, others in "V" formation crossing over our heads, and lots of wild fowl on the reservoir, red avadavat and other passerines all around us... when we suddenly saw an osprey approaching. The video and our comments there tell the rest:

An Osprey finally gets a catch and escapes from a doggedly insistent pair of Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus, Sp. Gaviota reidora) who were apparently annoyed by its company.
The day ended with an impressive sight, a huge concentration of well over 4,300 Black-tailed Godwit, (Limosa limosa, Sp. Aguja colinegra) in the rice fields of the Santa Amalia area. They were in company of a well over a hundred Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus, Sp. Archibebe oscuro) concentration (one of the greatest, I am told, ever recorded in Extremadura), some Black-winged Stilt (himantopus himantopus, Sp. cigüeñuela) and Golden Plover in the tens (pluvialis apricaria, Sp. Chorlito dorado). The list could never end, anyway. Jesús Porras lead us to them as wisely and wittily as one can. Thanks, Jesús, as always.

4 comentarios:

  1. This is an example of an anonimous comment on the post. My students of tourism, online, should make a comment of around 75 words, in English, on the topics of sustainability, tourism and their threats in Extremadura nowadays.


    Jesús Montero

  2. I´ve visited your blog and I liked it because, I´m a birdwatching fan too.I have done several courses of Ornithology in Trujillo. I visited the last fair FIO in Villarreal de San Carlos.I agree with the protection of birds, especially and primarily those in danger of estinction such as the black stork and the black vulture copies of wich may be in the National Park of Monfragüe, I´ve visited as well Sierra Brava,Monroy area. I also think that Birdwatching is another variety of tourism. Nowadays, people look for exciting and interesting ways of visiting places and cultures. I love animals and they deserve to the protected and studied.Regards.Germán Petisco Rodríguez.

  3. Ventura.-
    One of the consequences of the tourist activitiesin these area is the disappearance of several types of birds and his environment.
    Otherwise ,the creation of big areas for the new solar energies are destroying the lanscape of a lot of areas of Extremadura; but thanks God, we have some especial protections zones ,like Monfragüe, Cornalvo , Sierra Brava and some more, and the only pourpose that we have to get it´´s the real protection of all Extremadura and his fauna and flora

  4. Nowadays Birdwatching can be a successful tourist attration in Extremadura and a good source of income, since there are a great variety of wild birds.
    All over the region lovers of birds can enjoy watching many different species, such as the beatiful cranes, which come every winter to hibernate at "The Borbollón Reservoir" or the magnificent vultures, we can see in "The Monfragüe Natural Park".
    On the other hand, some species are at risk due to the proliferation of solar pannels in protected areas like "ZEPAS" or "LIC". Regards. Maribel