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

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.

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

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I could not believe my luck – I literally rolled out of bed, down the street, and into a Wallcreeper!

Bee-eater with gunshot wound

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.

A Moment of Zen: Egyptian Vulture in 82 Frames

You've got to sit back and enjoy all 82 frames of this magnificent Egyptian Vulture.

Birding Spain: A Taste of Galicia

Birding from hotel Isla de la Toja © David-Chandler

When I was asked to go on the press trip I didn’t even know where Galicia was! If you’re wondering, it’s the top left corner of Spain, the bit above Portugal. It has mountains, wooded gorges, plains and numerous ‘Rias’, where the Atlantic Ocean fingers its way into more than 1,000 miles of coastline. It was one… Read more »

Omani Owl Expedition Seeks Newly Discovered Species

Omani Owl by Arnoud van den Berg

Fresh from Oman, Mike Watson recounts the successful Birdquest Omani Owl Expedition, which took place last week.

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.