More Spanish Birding Adventures March 2022

Lesser Kestrel 2

Wonderful views of Lesser Kestrels today



Spain Day 3

Birds just keep coming inc 42 Great Bustards stunning views in the sunshine, 7 Little Bustards, 2 Pin-tailed & 9 Black-bellied Sandgrouse, a flock of 120 Glossy Ibis at point blank range, 21 Ruff - nice surprise, Also Spain day 3 loads of Lesser Kestrel inc feeding on the wing, Spoonbills, Pintails, so many raptors, tons of larks, Iberian Magpies galore!

Oops almost forgot to mention 4 Spotted Redshank an Extremadura tick for us! Also Green & Common Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Common & Little Ringed Plover, Lapwings - not bad for a “plains” destination!! Great Bustards 42 & Glossy Ibis pics just the 120 ibis today!! Lovely to see Martin Kelsey out guiding a group today been a long time!

Griffon Vulture on ground 1

Griffon Vultures showed off for us



Spain Day 4

A change of habitat equals new birds 3 Spanish Imperial Eagles, juvenile Golden Eagle, 2 Bonelli’s Eagles, Egyptian Vultures, Black Storks, Rock Buntings, Blue Rock Thrushes, Crested Tit, Woodlarks in stunning scenery!

Other raptors included Short-toed & Booted Eagles, Red & Black Kites, Griffon & Cinereous Vultures, Lesser Kestrel, Peregrines, Common Buzzard, it is superb birding! oh and delicious food too!

Great spotted Cuckoo

Great Spotted Cuckoo wowed us with amazing views



Spain Day 5

The rain stayed on the plain - the plains of Extremadura! But of course still great birds including Dartford Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper, Firecrest, Rock Sparrows, 3 vulture species, and a superb encounter with Great Spotted Cuckoo! Always so much to see no matter what the weather!



Finca Santa Marta March 2015

Sad to leave this beautiful place but more birds are calling!



Spain Day 6

We drove east from Extremadura to a new area, poor weather but of course birds! Male Montagu’s Harrier was superb, 2 Spanish Imperial Eagles were fantastic, Greater Flamingoes, Pied Avocets, Kentish Plovers, 3 species of vulture, Egyptian mongoose was a nice surprise. Lot of raptors on the move today, it was wonderful to see migration happening. An amazing 19 species of raptor enjoyed so far on this tour!!



Flamingos in flight

Different habitat, different birds



Spain Day 7

This was the last full day of our first Spain tour. Amazingly 2 new raptors Osprey & Hen Harrier making 21 species for this tour! White-headed Duck, Marbled Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Garganey & Blk necked Grebes all new for this trip.

In addition to the mentioned species we also enjoyed masses of Greater Flamingoes, Black-winged Stilts, Ruff, Kentish Plovers, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Alpine Swifts, Hoopoes, Booted Eagles & even more!!

Always sad to end a tour but when you enjoy over 140 species, 21 of those are raptors, in just 7 days you have to celebrate!! Spain birding is fantastic so come & join us! Back in Madrid now ahead of our second 2022 Spring Spain Tour which begins on Saturday.

Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover





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