From the Artic to the African coasts

Calidris minuta (Little stint). From the Arctic to the African coasts with stopover in Extremadura. About the size of a sparrow, it is the smallest of the European waders birds. Each year it travels 4000 km in prenuptial time in early spring from Africa to the European Arctic tundra, where they breed; And returns, traveling…

Dragonflies in Extremadura, Spain

Yesterday in a small visit to the basin of the river Búrdalo, in Villamesías, Extremadura (Spain) in addition to being able to observe singular birds such as Spoonbill, Black Stork, Purple Heron or Ferruginous Duck; We stopped to watch dragonflies as well. We attach here some of the species observed and photographed: Anax imperator, Orthetrum…

Save Little Bustard Project

Conservation status of the Little Bustard in Extremadura http://www.lanzanos.com/proyectos/salvar-al-sison/L/EN/ Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax) has been classified last year 2016 with the category of “In danger of extinction” in the Regional Catalog of Threatened Species Extremadura The Spanish population is the most important at European level, with an estimated population of 41,482-86,195 breeding males. The main…

PHOTOBIRDS is born (www.photobirds.com), a photography project based on the hides rental that tries to combine the tourism of nature photography and the conservation of the natural environment. Therefore, most of our hides are, or will be, linked in some way to the conservation of any of the species to be photographed from them. In…

First Ringed Common Crane of Season

First common crane ringed of the season. It’s a exemplar from Stonia, ringed past year in Randvere-Parila Saare, Stonia. In your short life it has done a lot of kilometers. I saw it last Saturday in the rice fields, near Campo Lugar, Extremadura.

Common Cranes are already here

Extremadura is the main wintering area for Common Cranes that perform European migration along the western route. Approximately 139,000 individuals spend the winter in Extremadura, of which more than 80,000 choose the center of the region area. Suman 30-40% of Western Europe’s population and more than half of the Spanish population of Cranes. The possibility…

Too many run overs of birds on the roads

The number of birds run over on the roads increases every year. Last week during a session monitoring of Black-shouldered kite, we had an unpleasant encounter. One young Black-shouldered kite emerged from our feet with a broken wing. We notice something malnourished, but seemed to look good. The reason is that birds simulate to be strong…

How to differentiate the sex and age of Great Bustard

  We are working in census and dated of the population of Great Bustard in Extremadura. This census help us to start new projects of conservation for this specie. The first thing that we have to know is to differentiate the sex and the age: ADULT BIRDS (not born during the year) Birds generally larger,…

Not only birds….Butterflies

Not only birds. Today I have prefered the butterflies, I will put three of the photographed here today (A cannon fire with the lens 400).   Macroglossum stellatarum with its spectacular flight, rather like a hummingbird. It is a moth, but very daytime so we can check. It is distributed by Central and Southern Europe…

What do the Bee-eaters eat really?

In the last two years, based on taking pictures both in flight and at rest, I could see the varied diet of bee-eaters, which not only feed on bees, but also other kinds of insects, dragonflies and butterflies. Contrary to what think beekeepers, bee-eaters feed just 10% of bees. I say this by the animus…

Saving Montegu’s Harrier

Currently I am working on a Extremadura Government project consisting of saving of young Montegu´s Harrier in the nest. The job is to detect nests they normally do in the fields of cereal. Since the date of harvest each year produces more advanced in the calendar, more and more nests destroyed and thus the young…