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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.