For example it must be the best place in all of Europe for Raptors, Monfrague National Park alone has at least fifteen breeding species, including three vultures and four eagles.
One of my favourite raptors is the little Lesser Kestrel, most towns and villages in Extremadura have summer breeding colonies. They do not build nests but lay 3 to 4 eggs on roofs and ledges of old buildings. They do well here because the regional agriculture is not heavily dependent on the use of insecticides.
Another incredibly prolific raptor is the Black Kite. We spotted evening gatherings probably numbering in the hundreds, and while Britain has its crows, here the Black Kite is the common scavenger of the countryside. Red Kite and Black-shouldered Kites are also present in Summer but in much smaller numbers. We did see Montagu´s Harrier quite frequently, quartering the dehesa and open steppes. Buzzards were quite numerous and we were lucky to have distant but good views of a Peregrine Falcon over the Penefalcon.
Extremadura is well worth a visit for its raptors alone, let alone all the steppe birds, storks, rollers, cuckoos etc. On our previous visit in March last year we managed twelve raptor species in a single day. Where else can one find that?
Black Storks are far less common than their white cousins. Monfrague is well known for black stork nests, two of which were visible from the viewing platform at the Penefalcon. It is delightful to be able to watch the parent birds tending to their chicks in safety, it is not possible to get close and even though visible the nests are virtually inaccessible.