SPAIN:DONANA & EXTREMADURA
This tour allows us to explore these two rich and contrasting areas.
The Coto Doñana is justifiably famous as one of the major wetlands in Europe. The area around Matalascañas, El Rocío and Almonte is a superb complex of open water, reed bed, sand dune and mixed woodland which allows a highly diverse range of species to survive here. Spanish Imperial Eagle, Purple Swamphen, Marbled Duck (now scarce), Azure-winged Magpie and Red-necked Nightjar all breed in this area, and the whole region acts as a staging post for an enormous number of migrant waders and passerines on their journey northwards at this time of year.
Extremadura holds one of Spain's most interesting national parks - Monfragüe. It is one of the best sites for seeing Eurasian Black Vulture and Black Stork. The grasslands of this region are threatened by modern agricultural methods, but large areas still remain untouched and we shall be able to enjoy views of both Great and Little Bustards and with luck both Pin-tailed and Black-beliled Sandgrouse.
Ornitholidays possesses unrivalled experience in these areas of Spain and we have been running tours here since the 1960s.
10 April to 17 April 2019 (land)
Leader: Steve West
2018 Cost from 1.999 euro - single room suppl. €120
(GBP around £1.814)
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