Extremadura is a large patch of wild Spain, covering over 16,000 square miles (over 41,000 square kilometres). Its wildlife fame is rooted in its avifauna – which includes plenty of Old World vultures, Iberian Imperial Eagles,Golden, Booted, Bonelli’s and Short-toed Eagles and other birds of prey, including bustards and sandgrouse. Most wildlife tourists come for the birds but there are other winged things to draw them in – butterflies of course, as well as the objects of my particular passion, dragonflies and damselflies.
I am witnessing the agonising death throes of a male Marsh Harrier. As the vet’s overdose of anesthetic pulses through its veins, this majestic bird of prey’s wings spasm violently before he finally, mercifully drifts to sleep, out of pain at last. Welcome to Malta.
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
Fresh from Oman, Mike Watson recounts the successful Birdquest Omani Owl Expedition, which took place last week.
With a huge variety of resident and migratory birds, there is plenty to see in all seasons, and some very charismatic mammals too if you know where to look. Add to that a pleasant climate and superb food and wine, not to mention aeons of culture, it’s definitely a top destination in Europe.