Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1375.00

Deposit:

350.00

Single Room Supplement:

175.00

Tour Code:

Intermediate with very little walking but some long days in the field

Group Size:

Seven plus Leader

Spectacled Warbler Thekla Lark Short-toed Eagle Great-spotted Cuckoo Lesser Kestrel Gull-billed Tern European Bee-eaters

Extremadura - Land of The Conquistadors

Date: 31st March - 5th April 2019 [FULL] or 15th - 21st April 2019 [THREE PLACES - Guaranteed departure]
Leaders: Marcus Nash [31st March - 6th April 2019] or Paul Roberts [15th - 21st April 2019]

Introduction

 

Great Bustard
 

Extremadura is the secret wilderness of real Spain, and set in the heart of this diverse country we will find huge rolling expanses of prime steppe, miles of cork oak woodland and rugged mountain scenery, brought alive by some of the most spectacular birds in Europe. With traditional methods of agriculture and a distinct lack of tourism pressure, birdlife thrives in this beautiful place, and from our base near the historic town of Trujillo, we will see why this area is so good as both an introduction to European birding, and an example of Iberia’s special birds. From flocks of Great and Little Bustards and Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse roaming the plains to clouds of raptors in the skies, the diversity here has something for everyone, as we enjoy spring in the Spanish Steppes! Graceful Black-shouldered Kites; one of Europe’s rarest breeding raptors have a thriving population here, as do Spanish Imperial and the declining Bonelli’s Eagle and Lesser Kestrels, Montagu’s Harrier, Black, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures, Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Black and Red Kites can also be expected. Other soaring birds include both Black and White Storks and other interesting breeding species include Purple Swamp-hen, Alpine and Pallid Swifts, Calandra and Thekla Larks, Tawny Pipit, Black-eared Wheatears, Woodchat Shrike and Sardinian Warbler. But that’s not all, as exotic Hoopoes, Azure-winged Magpies, European Rollers, Great Spotted Cuckoos and European Bee-eaters fill the days with colour and a fine selection of herons, egrets and passage shorebirds can also be expected.

 

*Please note on the early April 2019 tour, we may be a touch early for one or two of the migrants, but expect a better showing from the displaying Bustards and cooler weather better for Black-winged Kites!

 

 

 

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