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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 where you can work without disturbances as long as you wish, 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


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: 170 € ; 2 persons: 90 € pp; 3 persons 70 € pp.

More about our hide programme

  • Our fixed hides are situated in two carefully selected areas. 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.
  • 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 our accommodation.

imponeergedrag Kraanvogels, hide Moheda Alta

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.

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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 our perfect and friendly Casa Rural Finca la Sierra in Berzocana 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.
Our 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 we 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)
Three species vultures, mobile hide Berzocana, photo: Henk Zweers
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
Iberian Magpie, mobile hide Moheda Alta, photo: Henk Zweers

Should you have more wishes for staying 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, other Casa Rural (B&B) or Hotel.