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Mirador La Bascula

Monfrague National park  >  Spain

Quiet viewpoint overlooking rocky slopes covered with cork- and holm oaks fringing the rio Tajo. Good for both Black Vulture and Spanish Eagle.

Description

Apart from the nice view (which typifises the character of the National park), this viewpoint is a good place to see the two most iconic birds of the entire region: the Black Vulture and the Spanish Eagle, which both have nests on the slopes opposite the viewpoint. Apart from these two charismatic species, Black StorkShort-toed Snake EagleIberian MagpieRed-necked Nightjar and Booted Eagle may also be seen. Lastly I saw both red deer, red fox and Iberian hare in the direct proximity of this site.

Details

Access

Easily reached from both Torrjeon el Rubio and Plasencia. After crossing the dam over the river Tietar, follow the road, through the pine woodland for a couple of kilometers, the viewpoint is then located on the right side of the road. Check the electricity pylons surrounding the site for Short-toed Snake Eagle!

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Mountain, Valley, River

Conditions

Mountainous, No shadow, Rocky, Dry, Dusty

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Difficulty walking trail

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

Birdingplaces Near

The entire National park is amazing for (nearly) all the spectaculair species of the Iberian fauna. Also the Embalse the Arrocampo with it's great range of marshland birds, is just over an hour drive away.

The birds are the main attraction, but Monfrague has a fantastic range of reptiles (Ocellated lizard, various snakes, Spanish terrapin, which is common in the rivers and streams, and many more) and mammals (red deer and wild boar are numerous, red fox and mongoose are relatively common, if hard to find and even Iberian lynx, altough extremely rare, occurs in the general area).

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