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Bird Watching

Birding

Extremadura is considered by ornithologists one of their favorite European destinations. The predominant pasture in these regions is the cause of 337 species of which 194 are both sedentary breeders, who live all year round in this place, such as those that nest and migrate elsewhere to spend the winter. Las conservantes, 194, is the other important group for its moderate winter temperatures.

Protected species such as the imperial eagle, the black vulture, the eagle, the vulture, the eaglet, the bustard or the kestrel stand out in this habitat.

ROUTE 1: Houses of Don Pedro - Puerto Peña

To arrive we will take the BA-137 road towards Talarrubias. Just 1 km after having passed the last houses of the town, we will find a crossroads with an asphalt road that runs parallel to the Canal de las Dehesas. After passing 2,250m we will find on the left a dirt road (in front of one of the regulation gates) that goes down to the blue. Then we will return again to the intersection with the BA-137 and continue along the service road of the canal along more than 15 km, until we reach an intersection that allows us to return to the N-430 or the “Puerto Peña” Camping . Next to the Camping is the Interpretation Center of the Rupícola Fauna of Puerto Peña.

The route through the Canal de las Dehesas to Puerto Peña crosses mainly areas of pastures and pastures, observing representative species such as blue elanium, common buzzard, partridge eagle, driveway eagle, black dove, common crane, rabilargo, hoopoe, common shrike , cogujada montesina, etc.

About 5 km before arriving at the campsite there is a huge colony of herons that welcomes more than 2,000 couples. In it they nest several species such as egret, egret, martinete, heron, crab egret (only confirmed a few years) and white stork. The colony is situated on a large island covered with atafes where you can also see small plovers, laughing gulls or pays.

We will continue the route leaving the Canal de las Dehesas and following in the direction of Valdecaballeros on a road that crosses below the N-430 and immediately we will arrive at the “Mirador de Puerto Peña”. There are artificial islands for the nesting of colonial species and in the spring we can find in this area charrancito, pagoza piconegra, stork, basket or small plover. It is very remarkable the nesting of mallard and black-bellied friezes. When the water level drops at the end of summer in this area of ​​the reservoir, postnuptial concentrations of black stork can be observed, sometimes exceeding 100 copies.

The observatory of Puerto Peña is the only place where up to 4 pairs of black storks nest in the same rock, being also accompanied by other raptors such as partridge eagle, griffon vulture (more than 20 couples), alimoche, peregrine falcon and kestrel vulgar. In addition, other typical rock species such as black collaba, solitary rocker, royal swift, rock plane, crow or piquirroja chova can be easily observed.

ROUTE 2: Puerto Peña - Puebla de Alcocer

After having completed Route 1 and being located in the Mirador de Puerto Peña, we will continue in the direction of Peloche-Herrera del Duque. Crossing the wall of the García de Sola dam and 200m later, we will take a detour to the right on the BA-138 road towards Talarrubias. Without entering the town we will continue until we join the EX-103 towards Puebla de Alcocer.

On the outskirts of Puebla de Alcocer and on the left of the road (800 m after the gas station) are the ruins of the Convent of the Visitation, which houses a spectacular colony of Cernícalos primillas. White storks, common owls, common owls, common swifts and pale swifts also nest in the building.

ROUTE 3: Puebla de Alcocer - Cogolludo - Orellana la Vieja

After having completed Route 1 and being located in the Mirador de Puerto Peña, we will continue in the direction of Peloche-Herrera del Duque. Crossing the wall of the García de Sola dam and 200m later, we will take a detour to the right on the BA-138 road towards Talarrubias. Without entering the town we will continue until we join the EX-103 towards Puebla de Alcocer.

On the outskirts of Puebla de Alcocer and on the left of the road (800 m after the gas station) are the ruins of the Convent of the Visitation, which houses a spectacular colony of Cernícalos primillas. White storks, common owls, common owls, common swifts and pale swifts also nest in the building.

ROUTE 4: Orellana La Vieja - Puebla de Alcocer

After completing Route 3, from Orellana la Vieja we will take the EX-115 towards Campanario and La Coronada through the dam wall of the Orellana Reservoir and after traveling about 5 km we will reach the intersection with the EX-103, which takes us directly to Puebla de Alcocer.

This section of the total route is the best for the observation of steppe birds, since most of the route through the EX-103 runs through areas of natural grassland and cereal crops. During the reproductive period we can easily observe bustards, sisón, kestrel primilla or eaglet ash. It is also easy to observe carracas, hoopoons, owls, bargain caravans, ortegas and baskets.

In the grasslands the common calandria, the cogujada montesina, the spittle, triguero and the sparrow are very abundant. In winter, the presence of golden plover, lapwing, common bisbita and white washer.