One of the best regions for birdwatching in Northern Spain is Aragon with over 360 species of birds recorded to date. Aragon covers an area of some 30,000 square miles and consists of three provinces; Huesca, Teruel and Zaragoza. Each province has its own special characteristics determined by its location, geology, water resources, topography, climate and vegetation. These combine to provide Aragon with a great diversity of habitats giving rise to a wide variety of fauna and flora.

In the north  (Huesca) lie the High Pyrenees with deep valleys, spectacular gorges and lofty peaks rising beyond 3,000 metres. Soaring between them, Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus) patrol their territories, Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) call mournfully from pine-clad valley sides and Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) flit across sheer limestone faces in their search for food.

Gypaetus barbatus

Gypaetus barbatus, Lammergeier, Quebrantahuesos (Photo courtesy of David Bowyer, Aragon Birding)

Garganta de Bujaruelo, P.N. de Ordesa y Monte Perdido

Garganta de Bujaruelo, P.N. de Ordesa y Monte Perdido (Photo courtesy of David Bowyer, Aragon Birding)

Mondarruego, P.N. de Ordesa y Monte Perdido

Mondarruego, P.N. de Ordesa y Monte Perdido (Photo courtesy of David Bowyer, Aragon Birding)