Warblers Wetlands And Vultures Wild Spain Day 5 27 April 2022

Dartford Warbler male April 2016 1

Warblers galore on this sunny day in Extremadura - male Dartford Warbler.

After another wonderful breakfast at our stunning hotel, we headed north of Trujillo to an area of heathland where we had enjoyed great birds on previous visits. It was sunny and calm so good conditions for the hoped-for warblers. After a little effort we all had good views of Dartford Warblers playing their usual game of “now you see me now” you don’t. More persistence was required for the Spectacled Warbler, but we kept looking and after some frustrating glimpses a wonderful male showed off for us in the sunshine – rather like a miniature Common Whitethroat with a lovely pink wash to the underparts and we all agreed well worth working for. Wood Larks sang above us and perched on wires, Iberian Grey Shrike showed off, a European Turtle Dove flew past our first of the trip and always exciting to see. We also watched Hoopoes, Sardinian Warblers, Calandra Larks, Short-toed Eagles and more in the morning sunshine.

A short drive took us to a wetland where we quickly boosted our already very impressive trip list. A Savi’s Warbler sang from the reedbed and was quickly in the scope for super views of this most bizarre sounding warbler. Glossy Ibis lived up to their name looking very glossy indeed in the sunshine. Eurasian Reed Warbler was the next warbler to be added to our list as Gull-billed Terns patrolled over the open water what a fantastic place. Another part of the wetland allowed us super views of Red-crested Pochard, Purple Herons galore, Cetti’s Warbler and Great Reed Warblers before a lovely lunch at a nearby bar enjoyed outside in the warm sunshine.

We took a route across an area of steppe back to Trujillo in the now hot sunshine under blue sky. Sadly, this area is nowhere near as bird rich as it was in the “good old days” but we still found plenty to enjoy. Small pools held impossibly long-legged Black-winged Stilts and Little Grebes as Woodchat Shrikes watched from fence wires. We saw vultures on the move and stopped to see what they were up to. These huge Griffon Vultures were dropping down into a grass field and we suspect they were looking for after-birth from sheep that were lambing there? Certainly, no dead animal on the ground and it was comical to watch these huge birds bouncing about on the grass. Many more Griffons soared right overhead a fantastic sight against that oh so blue sky. Further along the road we stopped to watch rainbow birds – gorgeous European Bee-eaters – that play keep just to far away from the camera with us! But what a thrill to watch these birds and we figured we would have many more opportunities to photograph these wonderful birds.

Back in town we enjoyed a lovely dinner in the main square soaking up the sites of this historic and beautiful location.

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