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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, 13 de mayo de 2012

It's been a long time now since I last posted any new material here. However, after a long and harsh and indeed dry winter, the driest in 70!! years, this period of mid Spring I have managed to take a few pics and videos that I like especially. The large psammodromus (Psammodromus manuelae, ES lagartija colilarga occidental) was particularly spectacular in its firy attire for mating (11 May 2012)

Large Psammodromus (ES Lagartija colilarga - Psammodromus algirus) Los Barruecos, Malpatida de Cáceres, Cáceres, Spain

Then, another one is this, which I have finally thought I had been able to identify as Iberian Wall Lizard (Podarcis hispanicus, es lagartija ibérica), but it seems to be the Common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis, ES lagartija roquera). If someone can make them out, I would appreciate if they let me know. I particularly like the head pattern, don't you? That pattern and the magical place in the hollowed stone where I shot it, by the carving from the Bronze Age of an idol that gets lit by a beam of sun light only on the equinoxes, added to the haunting atmosphere of the place:

Also from the Los Barruecos area, I can show you a pair of Great-crested Grebes, a black kite, storks flying over the nests on the titan boulders of the Treasure Rocks of the Los Barruecos Natural Monument Reserve, some cattle egrets by a pond near the El Casar village, a spotless starling perching on the weather vane of the Museo Vostell-Malpartida museum, and a small owl perching on the telephone wires on our late road to Malpartida, before our last short leg back to Cáceres.

And now a few from the Cáceres plains, particularly from the local road from Cáceres to Santa Marta de Magasca: Montagu's harrier (ES Aguilucho cenizo, Circus pigargus), Buzzard (ES Ratonero común or Busardo - Buteo buteo), roller (ES Carraca, Coracias garrulus) and Great spotted cuckoo (ES Críalo, Clamator glandarius).