Southern Extremadura and Sierra Norte Birdwatching Tour

DURATION
2 days, 1 night.

NEXT TOURS
On request.

LOCATION
Seville & Badajoz.

RATES
Ask us.

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 WoodpeckerSouthern 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

RESIDENTS
spanish imperial eagle andalusian birds
Spanish Imperial Eagle
Black Vulture
Eurasian Black Vulture
Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Little Bustard
Little Bustard
Great Bustard
Great Bustard
Iberian Magpie
Iberian Magpie

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SUMMER
Black Stork
Black Stork
european bee-eater andalusian birds
Lesser Kestrel
European Roller
European Roller
Western Orphean Warbler
Western Orphean Warbler
European Bee-eater
European Bee-eater
Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

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WINTER
Common Crane
Common Crane
osprey andalusian birds
Osprey
Red Kite
Red Kite
Merlin
Merlin
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Brambling
Brambling
MIGRATION
Egyptian Vulture
Egyptian Vulture
Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel
bonelli's warbler andalusian birds
Bonelli's Warbler
Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Red-necked Nightjar
Great Spotted Cuckoo
European Scops Owl
Pallid Swift
Red-rumped Swallow
Subalpine Warbler
Black-eared Wheatear

Black-shouldered Kite
Bonelli's Eagle
Golden Eagle
Eurasian Griffon Vulture
Southern Grey Shrike
Thekla Lark
Calandra Lark
Spotless Starling
Blue Rock Trush
Spanish Sparrow

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   MAIN HABITATS

Open forest    Countryside

 

   TOP BIRDS

Spanish Imperial Eagle, Great Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse…

 

   TOUR LEADER

 

   RECOMMENDED DEPARTING POINT

Seville or Llerena.

 

   PACE

Most of the birding from the vehicle or near it, with some short and easy walks.

  Ground transport from Seville or Llerena (for free).

  Local guide fluent in English.

  Paper checklists of the birds to observe.

  Free access to identification guides and quality optical materials.

  All taxes.

  Meals and drinks.

   Accomodation (we can help you with your accomodation, ask us)

If you have to cancel the tour due to reasons related to COVID-19 (impediments to travel, infection…) you will be reimbursed 100% of your booking, no matter when you cancel. In other cases:

– Cancellations at least 7 days before the tour: 100% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellation due meteorological conditions: 100% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellations from 7 days before the tour until 2 days before the tour: 50% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellations less than 48 hours before the tour or “No show”: 0% of the amount will be refunded.

EXTREMADURA & SIERRA NORTE
raptors, steppeland birds and cranes
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