Iolo Williams Extremadura Spain Birdwatching Trip April 2018

Iolo Group plains April 2018 3

Watching Great Bustards on the plains of Extremadura, Spain.

Just back from our second Birdwatching Trip to wonderful Extremadura, Spain, this time with Iolo Williams BBC Spring Watch presenter. We were blessed with wonderful birds and mostly lovely warm sunshine under blue skies, perfect. Huge thanks to Peter and Pam, Alun, Richard and Margaret for their great company and good humour, we had a lot of fun!

Iolo Group dinner April 2018 2

Enjoying lovely home-cooked food and great conversation.

Pool at Finca Santa Marta Spain 1

The beautiful garden at our stunning country hotel, full of birds too!

Some lovely feedback already from some of the folks on the trip....

Richard: "Many thanks for a brilliant trip, would appreciate you keeping me up to date on some of next seasons trips, providing your happy to have me back again. Really enjoyed the whole experience and the birds where very special. Stay in touch."

Alun: "Dear Alan and Ruth I'd like to thank you for a fabulous holiday, you and Iolo were fantastic hosts. I gained a new insight into the world of birding which I hope is just a taster of more to come! The trip also highlighted the delicate future the area faces and going around the cafés and local restaurants allowed us to glimpse real Spanish life. I hope to be with you on a tour in the near future as I fear I have caught the bug! Many many thanks once again"

Ex 2 Great Bustard

Wonderful close views of Great Bustards was just one of so many highlights.

We enjoyed over 135 species of birds during this amazing six day Birdwatching Trip, just a few of the highlights included Black Stork, White Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill, Little Bittern, Black-crowned Night Heron, Purple Heron, Black-winged Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Cinereous (Black) Vulture, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Booted Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Montagu's Harrier, Red Kite, Black Kite, Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Western Swamphen, Eurasian Stone-curlew, Black-winged Stilt, Gull-billed Tern, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, European Turtle Dove, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Common Cuckoo, Little Owl, Alpine Swift, Pallid Swift, European Roller, Common Kingfisher, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, Lesser Kestrel, Hobby, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Iberian (Azure-winged) Magpie, Eurasian Penduline Tit, Woodlark, Thekla's Lark, Crested Lark, Calandra Lark, Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Great Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper, Spotless Starling, Common Nightingale, Black Redstart, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-eared Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Spanish Sparrow, European Serin, Corn Bunting, Rock Bunting, Green Sandpiper, Red-crested Pochard, Merlin, Greater Short-toed Lark, Black-necked Grebe, Greater Flamingo, Garganey, Great White Egret, Hawfinch, Collared Pratincole, Common Crane, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Bonelli's Eagle, Iberian Chiffchaff.

We are planning more wonderful trips to Spain in spring 2019. If you would like to hear more about these trips when we have finalised the details, please email us on

and we can keep you in touch with all the latest details.

If you don't want to wait that long, come and join Iolo Williams and us on our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trip in September 2018. For more details, please visit

Best of North Wales with Iolo Williams Sept 2019

or email us for the Trip Dossier. We look forward to sharing lots of great birds and plenty of laughs with you soon.

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