Enjoy Extremadura Birdlife with Alan and Ruth, April 2023
Birdwatching Tour in Spain



This tour is provisionally fully booked please ask about our 2024 tour or ask for details of any cancellations.



Tour dates: Monday 24 April 2023 to Sunday 30 April 2023

For information on our tours to Extremadura, please email us on
info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

 

Please email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk
for details of our next tour to Extremadura, Spain

 


Great Bustard 1

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



Overview

This is a seven-day/six-night birding tour in Spain guided by Alan and Ruth.

Join our relaxed-pace guided birdwatching holiday in the unique region of Extremadura in central Spain, just two hours from Madrid. Each day on these special trips, 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, and many more. With an extra day included in our exciting tour for 2023, we will now have even more time to enjoy the wonderful birds in this unique part of Spain. We expect to see at least 120 species during our exciting guided birdwatching trip.










We hope to 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: we hope to enjoy close encounters with Griffon Vultures





Poppy field April 2015




We know you will love the area with its dramatic scenery, glorious wildflowers and spectacular birds and wildlife. We stay in a historic hotel in the heart of beautiful Trujillo, where the unique character of this hotel simply adds to the enjoyment of our wonderful birding tour. We have used this comfortable and characterful hotel many times on our guided birdwatching holidays in Extremadura and can vouch for its extremely comfortable en suite bedrooms. It 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 our small-group guided birdwatching tours, we take a maximum of six participants with two guides to make sure that everyone receives individual attention and the best possible opportunities to enjoy all the 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 six nights’ accommodation in a double or twin ensuite room on a fully-inclusive basis (sorry but we do have to pass on the single room supplement we are charged by the hotel for anyone wanting an individual room), all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meals) from lunch on Day one through to lunch on Day seven, 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, Common Crane, 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, Eagle Owl, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Calandra Lark, Crested Lark, Wood Lark, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Yellow Wagtail of the Spanish race, 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 special seven-day tour is £2675 per person sharing a twin or double en suite room, single room supplement £250 for the tour. We have done our best to keep any unavoidable price increases to a minimum, but unfortunately the cost of accommodation, vehicles and fuel has gone up dramatically in Spain just as it has in the UK. We have not increased our own guide fee.

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. Evening meals will be taken at our hotel or at some of the wonderful restaurants nearby, all of which offer delicious food majoring on local produce.

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 these tours, they will fill up quickly, so please 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 to give you the fullest possible protection.

Accommodation:

Accommodation will be in a lovely unique and historic hotel with wonderful food. All bedrooms are ensuite. Please note that lifts are available, and 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 five and maximum of six guests. The tour will go ahead provided five guests have booked by 70 days before the start of the tour.



Visas:

Please check with your Government travel website for the latest situation regarding travel requirements for visiting Spain.

Health and Coronavirus:

Travel and Medical Insurance is a requirement of this trip. Please check with your Government travel website for the latest COVID requirements for visitors to Spain. We are also constantly monitoring the situation regarding the impact of Coronavirus on travel to Spain and will share with you informtion on any specific requirements in relation to this tour. Other than COVID vaccinations, no other specific vaccinations are required for this trip, though you may wish to consider Tetanus. Do please consult your own doctor for advice.



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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