Wednesday, 23 April 2014

More Birds

We were delighted to find that the plaster splints on our little black eyed peas worked a treat.  All four are now hale and hearty and you wouldn't even know that there had ever been an issue with their legs.


Carmen and Miranda are growing very fast, real tail feathers starting to come through to replace the yellow downy fuzz.  We moved their night time cage outside onto the veranda because of the smell in the morning at breakfast and during the day they roam the finca eating whatever they want.



The big geese are looking after their own goslings - which is a relief I can tell you, next year I will happily let all the animals do their own child rearing!

And so... we had a special day out.  Arranged by the Estate Agent who sold us the finca a year ago (Martin at Extremacasa), we went for a Beginners Bird Watching Day with an expert to guide through the intricacies of bird spotting.


This is not hard here, there are so many birds and they are paraded out before you so regularly you can almost guarantee sightings any day.  


We managed to glimpse a sight of the Great Bustard which has many serious bird watchers very excited but which we found a little bit of an anti climax....


He's here somewhere.... but can you see him...?  Without the long telephoto lens it was impossible.


The majestic Montague Harrier is a regular around here and much more exciting for us.  But by far the highlight of the day was a visit to the National Park at Monfrague.


Even my very basic camera was able to snap the Griffen Vultures with a reasonable amount of success.

By the end of the day we were totally birded out.  Looking forward to taking family with us next time they visit and perhaps combining a little history with a visit to Monfrague Castle and perhaps the cave paintings.



There is so much more to this region of Spain and the tourist board is very keen to encourage more people to visit, we are tempted to say, no don't come... this place is an amazing secret and a very big part of the charm is how few tourists there are.  


Anyway, it was back to the finca at the end of the day to sip a little wine on the terrace and watch our own birds to-ing and fro-ing before bed time.  Ah... this is the life!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Jane, Carmen and Miranda are so cute. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Hi Chris, thank you for your kind comment. I will certainly take a wander over to your blog when I have time - since I am myself retired and loving it too!

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