In our Extremadura birding tour, we will visit the National Park of Monfragüe. It is home of the biggest colony of Black Vulture and Spanish Imperial Eagle in the entire world.
We will also visit different habitats and a church that has been designated as a Zone of Special Protection for Birds because of its importance for a colony of Lesser Kestrel. Furthermore, we look out for Egrets, Herons and Black-shouldered Kite in a Biosphere Reserve. For its richness, Extremadura is one of the most popular birding spots in Europe.
Welcome to Madrid airport before we head to Extremadura. Once in Extremadura and before going to the Hotel, we will stop in the reserve of Arrocampo where we will look out for Purple-swamp hen, Little Bittern, Squacco and Purple Heron. The reeds are home of Savi’s Warbler, Bearded Tit and Great Reed Warbler. We will also keep an eye in the nearby farmland where we hope to find Black-winged Kite among other birds. In addition, we will visit a nearby Lesser Kestrel colony.
Today, we will start our extremadura birding tour in the National Park of Monfragüe. During the morning, we will stop in some specific places to see top raptor species such as Spanish Imperial Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Black Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle, etc. Monfragüe is home to one of the largest colony of Black Vultures and the largest density of Spanish Imperial Eagles (12 pairs) in the entire world. There are also more than 30 pairs of Black Storks and nearly 600 pairs of Griffon Vultures.
We will have our picnic just in the middle of the “dehesa”, a good time to see family groups of Azure-winged Magpie. In addition, we should see Crested Lark, Corn Bunting, Woodchat and Iberian Grey Shrike and Rock Bunting.
Once we have had lunch, we will visit different points to see Black Stork, Subalpine Warbler, Red Kite, Blue Rock Thrush, etc. At dusk and after having dinner we will try to see one of the Eagle Owls pairs. After that, we will visit a pond where Stripless Tree Frogs and Marbled Newts can be found.
The old dehesas here have been transformed in irrigated farmland (paddy fields) giving rise to the appearance of new species. Waders, wildfowl and Cranes (thousands in winter) are provably the most representative species we will find. However, stepparian and farmland species such as Bustards, Sandgrouses, Tree Sparrow, Rollers or the exotic Red avadatar can also be found. Finally, we will visit a new reservoir surrounded by dehesa where we will see a good variety of wildlife.
We will head towards the steppes of “Los Llanos”, one of the best steppes in Europe. We will look for some of the specialities: Great and Little Bustard, Montagu’s and Hen Harrier, Little Owl, Calandra and Short-Toed Lark, Spanish Sparrow and Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. We will keep an eye on the sky as the area is regularly use by Spanish,Golden and Bonelli’s Eagle as a hunting ground. In the rivers and ditches we will look for Red-rumped Swallows and reptiles such as Spanish terrapin, Large Psammodromus and Iberian Water Frog.
The day will be spent in mountainous massif of Sierra de las Villuercas and the beautiful town of Guadalupe. We take a stroll along a beautiful stream looking out for forest birds: Short-toed Treecreeper, Short-toed Eagle, Goshawk, Honey Buzzards, the rare Dipper and Iberian Green Woodpecker. The forest also holds an interesting variety of butterflies, being the beautiful Spanish Festoon, Large Wall Brown and Clouded Yellow among them. After this, we plan to visit the old town of Guadalupe and the superb church.
Once we have lunch, we will reach altitude to look out for Crested Tit, Cirl Bunting and raptors such as Golden Eagle.
Time to pack up our luggage and head back to Madrid airport after this memorable Extremadura birding tour through the best raptor and steppe spots in Europe.
Please find our last Extremadura wildlife trip report in the following link
Price Extremadura birding tour:
1050 €/people (4-6 people)
1 person/ 2 people, please ask for a private tour
Single supplement: 120 €
What is included:
– Travel from Madrid airport in modern, fully seat belted, air conditioned vehicle
– Four-night accommodation in three star hotels
– All meals included: breakfast, picnics, and evening meals
– Tours guided by a professional bird guide
– Basic travel insurance
What is not included:
– Air fare (Low cost companies operate daily flights to Valencia from several European airports)
– Drinks and other items of a personal nature