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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Four days in Aragón

For four days in March (9-12) I participated in an birding expedition to Aragón, northern Spain with three other members, under the guidance of the wildlife tour company Boletas, expertly led by Alberto Bueno.

Spectacular views of the snow-capped Pyrenees mountains
as we descended into Barcelona airport

Our first destination was the semi-desert plains of the Zaragoza steppes, habitat of Bustards, Sandgrouse and various Larks. Our base was near the village of Belchite where ruins from a battle in the Spanish Civil War are maintained as a monument.

The bomb-blasted ruins of the church of Belchite,
preserved as a monument among the almond trees to the Battle of Belchite

The almond trees looked gorgeous in full bloom

Isolated farm buildings with characteristic construction

Our transport frequently took us "off road" in the steppe country

Dawn over the desolate steppes of Aragón

The Great Bustard was one of the birds of the area that we were delighted to find

In the villages, White Storks were commencing their springtime courtship

Happy naturalists pose with the snowy Pyrenees as a backdrop
Alberto (Guide), Pam, Ken, Steve and Maalie

Next stop - the Pyrenees, to be the subject of another post!


Blogger simon said...

Another enjoyable post Jim. Looks a very interesting place and nice to see Thinking Ken out and about with his camera too!

11:28 pm  
Blogger simon said...

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2:18 am  
Blogger Maalie said...

Simon, I didn't actually notice what the vehicle was as it was of no interest to me other than it "worked". But now I notice now the badge on the front and I see that it is indeed a Toyota so you are probably right.

7:04 am  
Anonymous Pam said...

Simon, it was definitely a Landcruiser, but beyond that I don't know.

8:43 am  
Blogger donsands said...

Muy Bonita!

What a blessing you have be blessed with.

2:47 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

The Pyranees looked amazing!

Hope the Toyota's pedals didn't stick!

9:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just returned from my first trip to Spain, Alberto was our guide too and is absolutely brill, very knowledgable and experienced and good to be with. Your photos really capture the essence of birding in the foothills of the Pyrenees, thanks Maalie!

6:16 pm  

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