Dream destination Extremadura
Around 2,000 km: That is the distance between Germany and the spanish region Extremadura. The area in the south-west of Spain is the favourite wintering destination of our cranes and many other migratory birds, such as the red kite, white stork, larks or meadow pipit. With its rich bird life, the Extremadura is a true paradise for bird enthusiasts. On trips through the varied landscapes, where agriculture is predominantly extensive, exceptional observations are almost guaranteed.
Our volunteer crane ranger Susanne Mönke-Cordts visited our beloved birds in their most important wintering area last week. "Spotting cranes here is really not difficult," she wrote in her messages, "and observing them under oak trees, on stony hills and in the rice fields in completely different habitats compared to those in Germany is absolutely fascinating. Many cranes can be observed in pairs or small groups and often the young birds are still with their parents." Lots of water, green river valleys, few people and the vastness of the landscapes as well as the incredible number of different bird species made a deep impression on her.
The pictures show it clearly: For the cranes, the Extremadura is a dream destination! And for nature and bird enthusiasts as well.