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Birdwatching in Extremadura: All Bustards Great and Small

For the latest information on our exciting birdwatching daytrips, UK tours and overseas trips, please click on the following link to go to our new website:

Come and join us at BirdwatchingTrips with The Biggest Twitch for the very best birdwatching trips in North Wales, UK and beyond!

Join us in the unique region of Extremadura in central Spain, just two hours from Madrid, to experience some of Europe’s finest spring birdwatching. Witness the unforgettable display of male Great Bustards on the wide open grasslands as they almost literally turn themselves inside out to impress the females; listen out for the bizarre call of the ‘phantom raspberry blower’, or Little Bustard, as it stalks through the prairie grassland; scan the huge skies for Spanish Imperial Eagles which are joined by massive Black Vultures and Griffon Vultures; search the rolling plains for both Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, residents of this beautiful wide open landscape.

We will explore Extremadura visiting a variety of habitats including vast open steppes, Mediterranean scrubland, secluded river valleys, woodland and craggy mountains, each offering a wonderful array of charismatic birds. We hope to see around 120 species during our five-day birdwatching trip.

Poppy field Spain

Come and join us in this stunning landscape full of birds

Great Bustard 1

The bird of the trip will undoubtedly be Great Bustard - our trip is timed to see spectacular displaying males

Little Bustard male

We will also enjoy the "phantom raspberry blower" or male Little Bustard!

Little Bustard female

Not forgetting the females of course!

Short toed Eagle Spain

Eagles will be a feature of this trip with four species possible

Hoopoe left 1

Hoopoes should be a regular encounter

White Storks flight Spain

Migrant birds will be arriving - including majestic White Storks

Griffon Vultures 4

Storks will compete for air space with Griffon and Black Vultures

Azure winged Magpie 1

Azure-winged Magpie, a must-see resident, perhaps in the hotel garden

Casa Rural Martins house

This is where we stay, a lovely family-run small hotel, with an expert birder in residence!

Corn Bunting 1

Every wire should have a singing Corn Bunting

Spotless Starling 1 E

Spotless Starlings share the roof of the old bullring with....

Lesser Kestrel 1 E

... Lesser Kestrels, as Red-rumped Swallows swoop overhead

Pena Falcon rock

Here we hope to see the awesome Spanish Imperial Eagle, rare and endemic

Bee eater Spain 2

With luck some early Bee-eaters might be in

Our holiday includes four nights’ accommodation on a fully-inclusive basis in a beautiful country house, guiding by Alan and Ruth throughout the trip, transport in a comfortable minibus during the tour, all meals and non-alcoholic drinks, entrance fees and permits, use of our field guide and optics, individual checklists.

The cost of this fully-inclusive small group tour is £895 per person (a small single supplement applies, please contact us for details).

The cost does not include: international flights, personal travel insurance, alcoholic drinks, travel to and from your UK airport, any items of a personal nature.

At this time of year with birds displaying on their breeding grounds, it is very important to make sure that we don’t disturb them while at the same time ensuring everyone has the best possible views of these very special birds. Therefore, we are limiting the number of participants on this unique small group tour to just four people, plus Alan and Ruth, giving everyone maximum individual attention.

We can't wait to get back to this wonderful part of Spain and we know you will love this magical tour packed with wonderful birds in stunning landscapes.

For more details of this, and any other of our tours simply drop us a line on and we will send you our detailed Trip Itinerary.

We look forward to sharing some of Spain's finest Birdwatching with you!


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