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See a wide se­lec­tion of great birds in cen­tral Spain with Alan and Ruth of The Big­gest Twitch plus a spe­cial guest

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Some fine spring bird­watch­ing is promised on this trip, with Iolo Wil­liams

JOIN IOLO WIL­LIAMS of Spring­watch fame (pic­tured be­low) in the unique re­gion of Extremadura in Spain, 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 about 120 species dur­ing our six-day trip. 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 a max­i­mum of six peo­ple, plus lolo, Alan and Ruth, giv­ing ev­ery­one the best in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion. Dur­ing our tour we will be look­ing for a huge range of birds which in­cludes: Gar­ganey, Red­crested Pochard, Quail, Black-necked Grebe, Great white Egret, Cat­tle Egret, Pur­ple Heron, Black Stork, White Stork, Black-shoul­dered Kite, Black Kite, Red Kite, Egyp­tian Vul­ture, Grif­fon Vul­ture, Black Vul­ture, Short-toed Ea­gle, Span­ish Im­pe­rial Ea­gle, Booted Ea­gle, Bonelli’s Ea­gle, Lesser Kestrel, Peregrine, Lit­tle Bus­tard, Great Bus­tard, Black-winged Stilt, Lit­tle Ringed Plover, Stone-curlew, Black-bel­lied Sand­grouse, Pin-tailed Sand­grouse, Great Spot­ted Cuckoo, Scops Owl and Ea­gle Owl, Pal­lid Swift, Crested Lark and many more!

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