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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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.

The Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus is a large bird of prey from Africa, a member of the “Snake Eagle” group. These awesome raptors specialize in reptiles and specifically snakes, which they catch while slowly patrolling the African savannahs. Adult Bateleurs are brightly patterned in black, white and red and are one of the most beautiful raptors… Read more »

The Wilds of Romania: Birding Transylvania

Misty fields with buildings in distance

Thanks to its antiquated agriculture and extensive areas of untouched native forest and wetland, Romania is uniquely important for wildlife in Europe.

Trip Report: An 11-Day Birding Tour in Tanzania

Sign reading "You are now entering Tanzania"

We had an amazing time and the whole trip went flawlessly. We would recommend Nature’s Wonderland Safaris and Joseph Mwangi without reservation. We ended up with a list of 316 birds and saw an amazing amount of wildlife.

5 Great Places to Go Birdwatching in Extremadura

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 »

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.

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 »