The sanctuary for birding

Birding has become the engine for the Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Geopark. The number of ornithological tourists, specially from center Europe, have risen for the recent years. This activity generates profits of 6 million euros per year in Extremadura.

The first step for birdwatching around the Geopark is to know where to go and which species of birds we can see in that period of the season. That is why I called Henk and Lisbeth, a Dutch couple experts in birds, who settled in Berzocana eight years ago and run “Discover Extremadura”, one of the Geopark guides site.

KODAK Digital Still Camera
Henk shows me the hide built in his property
KODAK Digital Still Camera
Special glass to not being seen by birds

I came over Lisbeth and Henk´s property in Berzocana to interview them. They live in a rustic villa overlooking the astonishing wall “Cancho de la Sábana” where usually nests griffon vultures and black vultures. Apart from their house, one small and discreet wooden cabin has been built there. It is a “hide”; a construction with just two seats inside and perfectly camouflaged with the environment to avoid being seen by birds. They have taken this photos from there:

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European Roller
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Golden Oriole
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Black vulture

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The Geopark Villuercas-Ibores-Jara is an outstanding site for birding due to its vast territory and the variety of ecosystems – wetlands, steppes, dehesas…- where seeing the wider range of birds in Spain, more than 350 species.

 

This is a video on birding in the Geopark from Canal Extremadura TV (subtitles in English):

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