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Extremadura: The Best of the Rest

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With our total species count from the trip at over 85, it's very hard to write about each and every animal we saw. So this post is a collection of photographs, stories and facts on the best of the species that I haven't covered so far.

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bird list (excluding raptors):
Azure-winged Magpie, Rock Sparrow, Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, House Sparrow, Nuthatch, White Stork, Blue Rock Thrush, Crested Lark, Purple Heron, Little Egret, Corn Bunting, Moorhen, Great Egret, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Hoopoe, Coal Tit, Snipe, Common Magpie, Blackbird, Robin, Serin, Spotless Starling, Cormorant, Stonechat, Purple Swamphen, Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Mallard, Alpine Swift, Barn Swallow, Goldfinch, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, Long-tailed Tit, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Wren, Common Swift, Coot, Black Redstart, Common Cuckoo, Linnet, Rock Bunting, Black Stork, Eurasian Jay, Subalpine Warbler, Dunnock, Buzzard, Sardinian Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Song Thrush, Willow Warbler, Iberian Grey Shrike.
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Extremadura: Worm Lizard

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Possibly my favourite and one of the most exciting finds from our trip to Extremadura was the Worm Lizard; a rarely seen reptile that spends the majority of its time underground.

I had read about these peculiar animals in a guide book before the trip, but at the time just thought of it as another species I wouldn't end up seeing, mainly due to the long periods of time it spends underground. But I would turn out to be wrong.
We came across this animal whilst in the Sierra de Gredos in the north of the region, shortly after seeing the Iberian Ibex. We were heading back down the valley, on our way back to Guijo de Santa Barbara, when we decided to try turning rocks on the side of the path in the hope of finding a scorpion or something interesting. The first rock produced nothing, but the second was a lot more exciting. At first, we thought we had got nothing; just an earthworm partially covered by soil. But as we were about to return the rock to its original resting place, I decided to…