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Salto de Gitano in Monfragüe National Park (image courtesy Extremadura Tourist Board)

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Birding Extremadura: It has always been Spain

Traveling anywhere as culturally enlightened and historically accomplished as Spain was bound to be interesting, but birding in this country revealed an added dimension that my younger self could never have imagined.

Common Cranes at Hula Valley by Jonathan Meyrav

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.

The 3rd International Hula Valley Bird Festival

Black Storks at Hula Valley by Thomas Krumenack

The Hula Valley Bird Festival offers a full birdwatching program, fantastic photography options and fascinating evening presentations.

The Magical Interplay of Birds and Light in the Hula Valley

Black Storks at Hula Valley by Thomas Krumenack

Small groups of Common Cranes dip in and out of the fog; more and more of these majestic birds rise from the water and pass low overhead, some so close that droplets of water tap lightly around us.

Trip Report: All Bustards Great and Small: Birdwatching in Extremadura

Azure-winged Magpie © The Biggest Twitch

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 »

Why Extremadura is a Top Birdwatching Destination

Rainbow on the plains, Extremadura, Spain © The Biggest Twitch

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.