Extremadura Spain Big Skies And Wonderful Birds Join Us April 2018



1 Ex Birding the plains

We have been visiting Extremadura, Spain for twenty years to enjoy the amazing birds and wonderful scenery and are very much looking forward to being back there again in April 2018. So just what is that draws us back time and time again to this empty region of Spain? Well the fact that it is empty is a huge draw in itself, empty roads and huge landscapes with few people or buildings always magical to be in such places. But of course the main reason we love the region so much is the abundant and varied birdlife. From the tiny Zitting Cisticola on the fence wire to the enormous male Great Bustard turning himself inside out in awesome display there are birds galore here. It is a raptor paradise with the sky often full of huge birds of prey soaring on the warm spring air - just breath-taking stuff. There can be few places in Europe that contain so many species and so many individual birds of prey as Extremadura. To witness the Griffon Vultures leave their spectacular cliff roost is just one the many unforgetable sights here, these massive birds pass just above our heads and some even fly below us, a photographers dream. We are talking hundreds of Griffons here and they are joined by both Black and Eygptian Vultures as Black Storks soar amongst them just wow!

In the rocky valley we watch Rock Buntings, Blue Rock Thrushes, Alpine Swifts and Crag Martins and are able to enjoy one the areas most prized birds the magnificent Spanish Imperial Eagle a rare and beautiful bird. The cork oak woodlands are home to flashy Azure-winged Magpies and Woodchat Shrikes are easy to see along with Hoopoes and Serins. Out on the vast rolling plains are two more of the real stars of this birdwatching paradise, Great Bustard and Little Bustard, and in April both species are displaying as Calandra Larks sing above them and both Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse feed at their feet, magical stuff! Great spotted Cuckoos sweep across the grasslands passing hunting Montagu's Harriers and a splash of colour is a Bee-eater on a fence where to look next!

Here are just a few images that we hope give a little of the magic of Extremadura but you really have to see it for yourself to be taken under its spell. We have two trips in April 2018 and would love you to join us to experience this very special part of Spain.

Ex 2 Great Bustard

The Great Bustard lives on the plains of Extremadura.



3 Ex poppies

Carpets of wildflowers stretch out across the vast landscape.



4 Ex Bee Eaters

Bee-eaters are the rainbow birds here always a joy to see.



5 Ex Bee eaters

Luckily Bee-eaters love to perch on track side fences allowing views like this.



6 Ex dinner

We stay in lovely hotels with great food and birds in the garden.



7 dinner place

We pride ourselves on finding lovely places for our guests to enjoy.



8 Ex Black Vulture

A huge Black Vulture passes low over head another wow moment.



9 Ex Spanish Imp Eagle

Spanish Imperial Eagle photo bombed by a Griffon Vulture that's Extremadura.



10 Ex Lesser Kestrel

Lesser Kestrels are another of the special breeding birds that we enjoy here.



11 Ex Flowers cows

Love these big skies and rolling landscapes home to special birds.



12 Little Bustard

The phantom raspberry blower of the plains - male Little Bustards.



13 Ex Group Castle

One of our Birdwatching Trips enjoying spectacular views across the plains.



14 Ex White Stork

Eye-level views of nesting White Storks yet another wonderful sight.



15 Ex Roman Bridge

A little bit of culture, this wonderful Roman bridge, great place for Alpine Swift.



16 Ex Hoopoe

Hoopoes are a regular sight throughout Extremadura always a joy to see.



17 Ex wild flowers

A typical view of the open plains in April and the air full of lark song.



18 Ex small group

Our maximum group size is just six guests with two guides - excellent customer care.



Ex 19 Group beer

And at the end of a superb Extremadura Birdwatching Trip - cheers!!



If you would like to book your place on one of our two Extremadura Birdwatching Trips in April 2018 or would like more details on these or any of our small group tours please email us here....



info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We would love to share amazing birds and great fun with you soon! Alan and Ruth





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