Saturday, 30 October 2010

Destinations: Extremadura - Spain

Extremadura is a region in the west of Spain which stretches to the Portuguese border. Geographically and habitat-wise, it is a blend of mountains and grasslands and steppes. It is very rural and an ideal destination for travellers in search of wildlife, especially birds. There are White and Black Storks, Common Cranes, Great and Little Bustards, Black-bellied and Pintailed Sandgrouse and a rich range of raptors including Montagu's Harrier, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Bonelli's EagleGriffon and Black Vultures, Lesser Kestrel and Black-shouldered Kite. Indeed, this is without doubt one of the best places in Europe to watch birds of prey. It can be visited, and birds seen, at any time of year, though overall spring is probably best.
Monfragüe National Park, Sierra de San Pedro, Cáceres plains, 

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