raptors, steppeland birds and cranes
2 days, 1 night.
Seville & Badajoz.
Sierra Norte, in the border with Extremadura, is composed by “Dehesas” (open forest of Olm and Cork Oaks), mediterranean forest and scrubland and it is one of the best areas in Southern Spain to spot raptors.
Campiña Sur, in Badajoz, is an area of open fields and Dehesas. It is known for being one of the most important areas in Extremadura for the steppeland birds, and in winter, the second area of importance for the wintering flocks of Common Crane.
Llerena, where we will have our accomodation, is a small and historically very interesting town. It is conveniently located near both areas, and only 90 minutes driving from Seville. In addition, inside the town we have an important colony of Lesser Kestrel.
Day 1: Sierra Norte
Firstly, we will head for the northern area of Sierra Norte, near the border with Extremadura. The number and diversity of raptors is amazing, with Spanish, Bonelli’s and Golden Eagle, Eurasian Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture… Other interesting birds are Iberian Magpie, Black Stork, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Southern Grey Shrike…
In the afternoon, if we are in the winter time, we will drive to a reservoir where the Common Cranes have their roosting place. Watch hundreds of cranes descending with the last lights of the day is an unforgettable experience
Day 2: Campiña Sur
We will visit the Dehesas and steppe lands east from Llerena. Today one of our objectives is to find the cranes feeding at the Dehesas (if we are in winter), they love the acorns! And another target are the steppeland birds: Great and Little Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse… In spring and summer we will have the possibility to spot Roller and the Lesser Kestrel.
At the end of the day we will start our way back to Seville.
Great opportunities to observe birds of prey and steppe birds.
During the winter amazing flocks of cranes.
Cultural interest of Llerena.
Most wanted birds
Great Spotted Cuckoo
European Scops Owl
Eurasian Griffon Vulture
Southern Grey Shrike
Blue Rock Trush