Extremadura is the best place in Western Europe for raptors (including Spanish Imperial and Bonelli’s Eagles, Cinereous, Egyptian and Griffon Vultures, and Black-winged Kite) and bustards (with good numbers of Great and Little present). As if that wasn’t enough, you could find some of Europe’s other most spectacular birds against the backdrop of one of the wildest and avian rich locations left in Europe.
This show features the incredible birdlife of Israel including the wonderful raptor migration, the bizarre display of the MacQueen’s bustard, sandgrouse and the recently described and very rare Desert Tawny Owl.
My last post, “Birding Extremadura: It has always been Spain,” described what a great experience can be had while birding this beautiful and “birdy” region of Spain. Now let’s focus on its spring birding. We covered multiple sites per day over the course of nine days, which gave us a generous overview of the variety… Read more
most people don’t realize that the autumn migration through Israel’s Northern and Eastern Valleys can be just as impressive and offers unique opportunities to enjoy both large numbers of birds and an array of rare “near-eastern” specialties.
Source: Alan Davies and Ruth Miller Date: March, 2013 Saturday 9th March Our tour began at Madrid Airport. We quickly picked up our comfortable 9-seater minibus and after a little confusion on the motorways around Madrid, we found ourselves heading southwest towards Extremadura. We hadn’t gone far before we encountered our first great birds of… Read more
In yesterday’s My Biggest Dip: The Barbary Falcon, I only told you half the truth. Dipping on the falcon that day was a major disappointment (of my own doing) but our guide Itai Shanni managed to get us on breeding pair on Sunday, our last morning of desert birding. I ventured out with Itai, Martin… Read more