All in a morning in Extremadura, Spain

Bee eater 3 April 2015

European Bee-eaters, always a joy to see!

Today our Birdwatching Trip to Extremadura with Iolo Williams from BBC Springwatch really got going with a visit to the wide-open plains around Trujillo, one of our favourite places to go birding in Spain.

Hoopoe March 2015 1

Everyone loves a Hoopoe!

Exciting birds came thick and fast and it was hard to keep up with them all!

The group all enjoyed excellent views of Great Bustard including birds in full foam-bath display to the females; Little Bustards making their distinctive raspberry-blowing calls; both Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse gave great views on the ground; Great Spotted Cuckoo; three Spanish Imperial Eagles including one giving everyone a prolonged view on the ground; an unexpected bonus Eagle Owl; Bonelli’s Eagle; Short-toed Eagle; Cinereous Vulture; Griffon Vulture; an unexpected Merlin; loads of European Bee-eaters; plenty of Eurasian Hoopoes; lots of Calandra Larks; Green Sandpiper; Red-rumped Swallows; umpteen White Storks; Iberian Shrikes; Woodchat Shrikes; Iberian Magpie; Woodlarks and of course the ubiquitous Corn Bunting!

Griffon Vulture on ground 1

Plenty of Griffon Vultures to enjoy here in Extremadura

Wow, what a start! So many birds and all in glorious weather and all before lunch on Day One!

All that birding makes you hungry, time to order some delicious tapas!

More great birding to come, so please check back for new Bird Blogs from Spain.

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