Exciting Extremadura, April 2020
Birdwatching in Extremadura, Spain

Sorry this Birdwatching Trip is now fully booked, please email us for information on our 2021 tour

 

Sorry, our 2020 tour is now fully booked. Please email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk
for details of our next tour to Extremadura, Spain

 


Six Days Guided Birdwatching Trip,
Saturday 11th - Thursday 16th April 2020

Great Bustard adj

Great Bustard: one of our most-wanted birds on this trip



Overview

Join our relaxed-pace guided birdwatching holiday in the unique region of Extremadura in central Spain, just two hours from Madrid. Each day on this six-day trip, we explore a different part of this beautiful unspoiled region of Spain to experience some of Europe’s finest spring birdwatching. We visit a variety of habitats including vast open steppes, Mediterranean scrubland, secluded river valleys, woodland and craggy mountains, each offering a wonderful array of charismatic birds including Great and Little Bustards, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Azure-winged Magpie, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Roller, European Bee-eater and many more. We expect to see at least 120 species during our exciting six-day guided birdwatching trip.





Serin male




We witness the unforgettable display of male Great Bustards on the wide open grasslands as they seem to turn themselves inside out to impress the females. We listen out for the bizarre call of the ‘phantom raspberry blower’, the Little Bustard, as it stalks through the prairie grassland. We scan the huge skies for Spanish Imperial Eagles as they are joined by massive Black Vultures and Griffon Vultures, and we search the rolling plains for both Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, all resident birds in this beautiful wide open landscape.



Image right: male Serin





Poppies v red




We know you will love the area with its dramatic scenery, glorious wildflowers and spectacular birds and wildlife. We stay in a traditional family-run country hotel which we use regularly on our guided birdwatching holidays in Extremadura. It has very comfortable en suite rooms and offers excellent breakfasts and evening meals focusing on local ingredients and wine.

Drawing on our huge experience of running tours in this area, we will visit the best birdwatching sites that Extremadura has to offer. We will also be in touch with the latest birdwatching information to ensure we see as many bird species as possible. The pace of the tour will be relaxed as we take our time to enjoy the wonderful birds of Extremadura.



Image right: Fields festooned with red poppies





Hoopoe on pole




On this small-group guided birdwatching tour, we take a maximum of six participants to make sure that everyone receives individual attention and the best possible opportunities to enjoy the all birds that we encounter. At Birdwatching Trips, we work hard to ensure that everyone enjoys the best possible guided birdwatching experience.

Our guided birdwatching trip to Extremadura includes five nights’ accommodation in a double or twin ensuite room on a fully-inclusive basis, all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meals) from lunch on Day one through to lunch on Day six, guiding throughout the trip by Alan and Ruth, transport in a comfortable minibus during the tour, entrance to all nature reserves and special tours, use of our field guide and top-of-the-range telescopes and individual checklists of the birds we will be looking for. The tour starts and ends at Madrid Airport.



During our tour we will be looking for:

Red-crested Pochard, Cattle Egret, Purple Heron, Black Stork, White Stork, Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Red Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Booted Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Peregrine, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Stone Curlew, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Scops Owl, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Calandra Lark, Crested Lark, Wood Lark, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Yellow Wagtail of the Spanish race, Nightingale, Black Redstart, Black-eared Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Cetti’s Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Dartford Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Red-billed Chough, Spotless Starling, Spanish Sparrow, Rock Sparrow. European Serin, Hawfinch, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting, Corn Bunting and any other scarce or rare birds that we may encounter.

Image right: Close encounter with the striking Hoopoe






Other Information

The price for this tour is £1,695 per person sharing a twin or double en suite room. Sorry but we do have to pass on the single room supplement of £295 that we are charged by the hotel for anyone wanting an individual room on this tour.

Please contact us for more information about the trip or to book your place. There will be a maximum of six participants plus your two guides, Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, on this trip to ensure everyone has the best possible birdwatching experience. Lunches will be taken at local cafes, or a packed lunch will be provided. Evening meals will be taken at our hotel.

Our prices don't include: international flights, personal travel insurance, alcoholic drinks, additional drinks/snacks, travel to and from your UK airport, any items of a personal nature, tips.

With only six places available on this tour, it will fill up quickly, so please call us on 01492 872407 or email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for more details on how to reserve your place. We don't want you to miss out and we look forward to hearing from you and sharing Extremadura’s fabulous birdlife with you!

General Tour Information:

Difficulty:

Easy to Moderate. This tour to Extremadura includes some walks along uneven and rough tracks. You should be able to walk up to a mile unaided. Please contact us if you have any concerns over your participation.

Payment:

Payment can be made by cheque or electronic bank transfer. We ask for 20% deposit upon booking with the balance due by 70 days before travel. Full details are provided on our Booking Form. Please ensure you also see our Terms and Conditions and Booking Confirmation Statement which we will send out when we have received your deposit payment. We are compliant with the Packaged Travel Regulations 2018 and have Financial Failure Insurance in place to give you and your money the fullest possible protection.

Accommodation:

Accommodation will be in a lovely country house hotel. All bedrooms are ensuite. Please note that lifts are not available, but we are on hand to help you with your luggage should you wish.

Transport:

We will be travelling in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus throughout the trip.

Participants:

This tour will run with a minimum of four and maximum of six guests. The tour will go ahead provided four guests have booked by 70 days before the start of the tour.



Visas:

As of August 2019, visas are not required for visitors to Spain from the UK or USA. If this situation should change, we will advise you as soon as possible.

Cancellation:

Please see the full details on our Booking Form and our Terms and Conditions on our website here: Terms and Conditions. Please ask us if you would like us to send you a copy.

Travel and medical Insurance:

Please make sure you have the correct insurance cover in place for this tour before the start of the trip. We will ask you for your insurance policy company, your policy number and emergency claim telephone number for your policy before the tour starts.



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