Monfragüe National Park, a birds approach

Monfragüe constitutes one of the most beautiful examples of the Mediterranean forest in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Monfragüe is declared nowadays to be a protected area under the following denominations: National Park, Biosphere Reserve, Special Protection Area for Birds (SPAB) and Community Importance Place, being beyond doubt one of the best places in Europe to watch daytime raptors.
The most outstanding bird species we can observe here are:
Residents: Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Eagle Owl, Black Wheatear, Datford Warbler, Blue Rock Thrush, Azure-winged Magpie.
Summertime birds: Egypcian Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Black Kite, Black Stork, Alpine Swift, White-rumped Swift, Golden Oriole.
Other animal species: Otter, Red Deer, Red Fox, Wild Boar, Spanish Terrapin.
In this route we go through the core of the National Park and visit the lookouts of the rivers Tajo and Tiétar, taking our time to observe the great wealth of the fauna. It is an extremely beautiful and very recommendable route to initiate oneself into birdwatching.
Recommended date: all year round.
Duration: 3,5 – 4 hours aprox.
Price: 35 € per person. 2 people minimum, making the tour together with other clients.
2 people exclusive tour: 40 € per person.
In case of tours with children, the client must bring the approved car chair.
The price includes: specialised guide, high quality optical kit (one binocular per person and a ground telescope per group) and transportation in our all-roads vehicle.
 

Steppe Birds: the Great Bustard´s plains

The cereal plains are the result of human action over the natural environment to produce dry-land herbaceous crops, mainly cereals. The steppe areas are ecosystems with a high and peculiar biodiversity. In Extremadura, we can find some of the most representative examples of this ecosystem within Europe: the Cáceres and Sierra de Fuentes Plains, Santa Marta de Magasca Plains and Trujillo Plains; all of them are being declared Special Protection Area for Birds (SPAB) because of their high ornithologist value.
Here we can observer the following bird species:
Residents: Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Stone-curlew, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Calandra Lark, Golden Eagle, Common Kestrel, Little Owl, Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture.
Summertime birds: Montagu´s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Egypcian Vulture, European Roller, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Collared Pratincole, European Bee-eater, Black-eared Wheatear, Greater Shot-toed Lark, Common Quail.
Wintertime birds: Hen Harrier, Common Crane, European Golden Plover.
Other animal species: Red Fox, Common Hare, Ocellated Lizard.
This is a recommended tour for advanced birdwatchers and for those who want to discover new and surprising habitats and the flora and fauna associated with them.
Recommended date: spring, especially between March and April, check with us for other dates.
Duration: 4 hours.
Price: 45 € per person. 2 people minimum, making the tour together with other clients.
2 people exclusive tour: 50 € per person.
The price includes: specialised guide, high quality optical kit (one binocular per person and a ground telescope per group) and transportation in our all-roads vehicle.

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