Spain is among the most popular birding destinations in Europe. Our journey through the country's heartland will take us first to the bird-rich lagunas of La Mancha, where Montagu's Harrier, Collared Pratincole, and the endangered White-headed Duck nest. Then we'll travel south to the magnificent Parque Nacional de Donana (Coto Donana), one of the largest and most important wetlands in Europe, covering an area of almost half a million acres, where Greater Flamingo, Purple Swamphen, Audouin's and Slender-billed gulls, and Azure-winged Magpie are among the exciting possibilities.
From Donana we'll venture north to wildest Extremadura and the unique Spanish steppes--a harsh land of wide, rolling plains and rugged sierras, birthplace of the conquistadors and a stronghold of the spectacular Great Bustard. Nowhere else in Europe do birds of prey breed in such numbers or such variety. Species to look for include the immense Cinereous (Black) Vulture and Eurasian Griffon, the elusive Eurasian Eagle-Owl, and the locally rare Black-shouldered Kite, while many other fast-declining species are also dependent on the survival of this disappearing habitat.
We'll finish up in the beautiful Sierra de Gredos, where we'll stay at a lovely parador with Western Bonelli's Warbler, Citril Finch, and a number of other birds as possibilities.
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If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
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