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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 good photographical locations without disturbances, 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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At your disposal are :

Fixed hides for Vultures and Raptors

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Species you can expect (depending on the season): Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Red Kite, Black Kite, Buzzard, Hoopoe, Cuckoo, Crested Lark, Woodlark, Spanish Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Corn Bunting, Woodchat Shrike, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Great spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Spotless Starling, Raven, Magpie, Iberian Magpie, Jay

Wooden cabins equipped with special glass windows, you can see the animals but they can not see you.
Viewing: North.
Location: in open dehesa area in the Geopark.
Capacity: one two-persons hide (180 x 120 x 150 cm), one individual hide (100 x 130 x 150 cm).
Recommended lenses: 400 - 600 mm if full-frame camera.
Hours: start is always one hour before sunrise, you can end whenever you want so. We guide you to and from the hide, never leave the hide on your own.
Prices: 1 person: 130 € ; 2 persons: 75 € pp; 3 persons 55 € pp.

Fixed hide for Warblers and Woodland Birds

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Species you can expect (depending on the season): Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Crested Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Chaffinch, Cirl Bunting, Hawfinch, Corn Bunting, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Orphean Warbler, Melodiuos Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Hoopoe, Great spotted Woodpecker, Iberian Magpie, Spotless Starling, Jay, Wren

Wooden cabin with water-table in front and equipped with special glass windows, you can see the animals but they can not see you.
Viewing: North-West.
Location: in olive grove.
Capacity: cabin suits 2 persons (150 x 120 x 170 cm).
Recommended lenses: zoom 150 - 600 mm if full-frame camera.
Hours: start and finish whenever you wish.
Prices: 1 person: 50 € ; 2 persons: 30 € pp .

Mobile hides

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Especially suitable for bird species like Black-winged Stilt, Dipper, Bee-eater, Little Owl, Roller, Kingfisher, Lesser Kestrel, Southern Shrike, Little Bittern etc and also for other species such as Badger, Fish-otter, Terrapin etc. .

During our bird-watching excursions we photograph from the car and make use of these quickly to be set-up camouflage tents. You can also rent the tents independently for your own project.

Material: tents of synthetic cloth with camouflage print.
Capacity: one 2-persons tent, one 1-person tent.

Prices: free use included in our photographic excursions. Day rental prices for individual use: 2-persons tent : 60 €, 1-person tent 40 €.

More about our hide programme

  • 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.
  • You can rent the mobile hides apart from our excursions for personal use.
  • No nest photography nor photography of endangered species.
  • The use of bird calls is limited and can be used only with our permission.
  • Do not disturb or chase grazing cattle.
  • 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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If you should have some ideas that 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 and those on our special website.

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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 for more info or zoom)
Black Vulture, La Serena, photo: Berry Bekkering
Cranes, hide Moheda Alta, photo: Henk Zweers
Red Kite, hide Retamosa, photo: Henk Zweers
Egyptian Vulture, hide Retamosa, photo: Ton Witsenboer
Subalpine Warbler, fixed hide warblers and woodland birds, photo: Liesbeth van Vliet
Griffon Vultures, fixed hide Vultures and Raptors, photo: Hans-Martin Kochanek
Hawfinch, fixed hide woodland birds, photo: Liesbeth van Vliet
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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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.