MONFRAGÜE NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a visit to the famous 18,000 hectares of Mediterranean forest which make up the famous National Park of Monfragüe, emblematic for its excellent populations of raptors and some of the highest densities in the world. There are over 250 Black Vulture pairs and to date 10 pairs of Spanish Imperial Eagle nesting in the park and surroundings. Other sought after sights and easily achieved here are those of Bonelli’s Eagle, Black Stork, Eagle Owl and smaller species like White-rumped Swift and Red-billed Choug.
we can enjoy a half day or full day tour out to the Steppelands where we are sure to enjoy views of Great and Little Bustard, Montagu’s Harrier, Black- bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Spanish Sparrow, Greater Spotted Cuckoo , Calandra Lark , Golden Plover ,Skylark, European Roller, Little owl and even Dotterel.
The Arrocampo Reservoir, designated an Ornithology Park in the Saucedilla area. This is the location of the best population of Black Winged Kite and also some of the less common birds to Extremadura like the Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Night Heron, Little Bittern, Purple Swamp Hen, Spotted Crake, Gull-billed Tern, Black Tern, Bearded Reedling, Savi’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Spoonbill, Red-crested Pochard and Garganey.
ALAGÓN RIVER VALLEY
Alagon Valley a region of intensive farming that has its own interesting birdlife. Several species over winter here including Hen Harrier, Great Egret, Squacco Heron, Avocet, Bluethroat, Stock Dove and perhaps more interestingly Red Avadavat, Common Waxbill, Penduline Tit and the Iberian Yellow Wagtail. The rice fields of Galisteo are excellent for migrating Avocet, Curlew, Little Stint, Dunlin, Greenshank, Shelduck, Redshank and very occasionally Glossy Ibis.
The mountains giving us splendid views and photo opportunities and the chance to watch Ortolan Bunting, Iberian Pied Flycatcher, Coal Tit, Firecrest and Crossbill in the wild alpine pine forests.
Above 1,400 metres we enter into a different habitat of sub-alpine vegetation in the Southern part of the Gredos Mountains and the bird life once again changes to the high altitude species like the Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Thrush, Iberian Bluethroat, Water Pipit, Alpine Accentor and the Citril Finch.
Enjoy a visit to the extensive olive groves that house an interesting variety of birds like Black-eared wheatea, Thekla larks, cirl bunting and the astonishing Rufous Bush Robin.
The most interesting forest birds of the area are the Crested Tit, Goldcrest, Azure-winged Magpie, Red-necked Nightjar and the European Nightjar.