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Raptors, vultures, woodland birds, warblers and in winter also Cranes, can be seen in large numbers in the Geopark Villuercas Ibores Jara. It is an ultimate experience to see the birds so close in their habitats and to be able to observe and photograph them.
Do not waste time in seeking for birds and locations, but let the birds come to you! The optimum way of enjoying your hobby is to take advantage of our hides or join our 6-days package 'Wings over the Geopark'.
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More about our hides

Bird Photography from a fixed or mobile hide
Wings over the Geopark: 6-days package Bird photography and full board accommodation Photos made by ourselves and our guests

More about our hides:
Our fixed hides are situated in two carefully selected areas, one location for Vultures and Raptors, the other location for woodland birds and warblers. The hides are so situated that you have very quiet backgrounds on your pictures, and the animals are used to be fed on those locations.
Despite our preparations, it can happen that you have to exercise a little patience before the birds come in. To avoid disturbance the hides have been equipped with special glas (stopsol 5 mm)that gives a minimal loss of light.
Number of persons: on the location for Vultures and Raptors you find two fixed hides situated close to each other, one two-persons hide and an one-person hide, so there is room for 3 photographers at the same time. In our garden you find a fixed hide for 2 persons, special for woodland birds.
Besides that, we have one-person-mobile and two-persons-mobile hides available, these can be used stand-alone or in combination. These we use for Bee-eaters, Rollers, Hoopoes and Cranes for example.
Hours: In the case of Vultures, Raptors and Cranes, we bring you one hour before sunrise to the hide, ending whenever you want, by calling our mobile phones. As soon as possible we will pick you up. To avoid undesirable disturbance for the birds from the direction of the hide, it is not allowed to leave the hide without being accompanied by us.
Note: you can rent the mobile hides apart from our programs for personal use.

Our rules of conduct:
  • We do not offer nest photography nor photography of endangered species.
  • The use of bird calls is limited and can be used only with our permission.
  • Never enter of leave the hide unaccompanied by us.
  • Do not disturb or chase grazing cattle.
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Additional notes:
  • Please bring your own food and drinks.
  • If you are not very experienced in photography from a hide, or prefer to have company, we will coach you from a hide nearby.
  • Ideal to combine with a stay in one of the accommodations that you can hire through us.
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What we offer:

Bird Photography from a fixed or mobile hide:

On the location with the fixed hides for vultures and Raptors:
The species you may see naturally are depending on the season, but you may expect: Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Red and Black Kite, Hoopoe, Blue Magpie, Woodchat Shrike and various Passerines.
We take care of bait.
Time of year: from mid-September till mid-June.

The location with the fixed hide for woodland birds and warblers:
This lies in a small olive grove on our own terrain. In front of the hide is a water basin, where birds come to drink or to take a bath. You may meet there all kinds of local birds as well as migrants from northern Europe.
Time of year: from mid-September till mid-June.

Mobile hides we use flexible on spots and on times where we expect birds to come, like Bee-eaters, Golden Orioles, Black-winged Stilts, Cranes etc. avoiding disturbance as much as possible.
Also possible to rent the mobile hides for one or two persons for personal use, apart from our programs.
Time of year: from mid-September till mid-June.

Includes: transportation between a pre-determined collection point and the location of the hide; bait.

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If you have some ideas you would like to try or should you want to photograph specific species, please let us know. Within the regulations, we will help you to find a solution. Find inspiration from the photo's on this page.

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Wings over the Geopark: 6-days package Bird photography and full board accommodation

This is a combination package for bird photographers who want to spent their time comfortable as effective. You combine full-board accommodation in a perfect and friendly Casa Rural with every day photographic possibilities on the best spots. You make use of our fixed hides for Vultures, Raptors, woodland birds and so on, and of our mobile hides for Stone Curlews, Hoopoes, steppe birds, Cranes etc. etc. Also good photos can be made from out of the car or just being in the field.
Our aim is to introduce you to the best places and to maximise your opportunities to photograph birds, in the best responsable way.
Your stay is in the Casa Rural Finca la Sierra, near the pueblo of Berzocana, with fantastic views over the mountains of the Geopark Villuercas Ibores Jara. The Casa Rural offers large sleeping rooms with double or single beds and en-suite bathroom, towels, linen etc. everything is provided. Meals are served at the hour you request and your hosts take great pride in serving good food that makes the most of the best products this region offers. Most important birding areas are within easy reach. Groups are kept small and you are encouraged to express any special wishes.
We of Discover Extremadura are your English speaking guides and bring you with our SUV's to the hides and other locations, with the promise of spectacular scenery and some breathtaking drives. You sit back and enjoy!
You bring your own photo equipment, we take care of bait, bean bag, telescope etc.
The prices include breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner, coffees, teas, use of the hides, transportation with our SUV's, insurances. Your extra drinks and consumptions in the Casa Rural are at own costs.


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Photos (select to zoom)
Hoopoe, hide Retamosa, foto: Henk Zweers
Black Vulture, La Serena, foto: Berry Bekkering
Cranes, hide Moheda Alta, foto: Henk Zweers
Red Kite, hide Retamosa, photo: Henk Zweers
Egyptian Vulture, hide Retamosa, photo: Ton Witsenboer
Azure-winged Magpie, hide Moheda Alta, photo: Henk Zweers
Griffon Vultures, hide Retamosa, photo: Hans-Martin Kochanek
Spanish Sparrow, hide Retamosa, photo: Steffen Hoffmann
Bee-eater, mobile hide Zorita, photo: Henk Zweers
Black Kite, hide Retamosa, photo: Liesbeth van Vliet
Golden Oriole, mobile hide Berzocana, photo: Henk Zweers
Three species vultures, mobile hide Berzocana, photo: henk Zweers

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Offer
Should you wish to stay overnight in the Geopark or an other wonderful location in Extremadura, please let us know. Through us you can make a reservation at no extra costs for a bungalow, apartment, Casa Rural (B&B) or Hotel. In that case we give you a saving on our excursions, workshops or rental of hides.