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GET YOUR NEW YEAR OFF TO A FLYING START with a week of wonderful winter birding amid the rugged sierras and rolling steppe grasslands of Extremadura - the wild heart of Spain. DEPARTURE GUARANTEED!

Join us for a six-night stay at a beautifully restored country house hotel near Trujillo, enjoying the vulture-filled skies of Monfragüe National Park, Great and Little Bustards, Spanish Imperial Eagle and Iberian Magpie - plus thousands of wintering Cranes.

We think the variety of species to be seen on this hugely enjoyable January tour will surprise you, as we go in search of everything from Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse out on the rolling plains to the parties of Calandra Larks and droves of bustards - both Great and Little - that come together for the winter. Flocks of Spanish Sparrows, Red Avadavats and Common Waxbills forage amid the rice fields, where Common Cranes, early White Storks and herons also gather to feed.

At beautiful Monfragüe National Park, plentiful birds of prey including Black-winged Kite, Cinereous (Black) and Griffon Vultures are to be found, as well as up to three species of eagle - Bonelli's, Golden and the endemic Spanish Imperial.

At this time of year, Eurasian Crag Martins, Alpine Accentors and Hawfinches also inhabit the rocky, oak-clad slopes in the shadow of hilltop Moorish castles.

Based at Viña Las Torres - a small and beautifully renovated country house estate set amidst wonderful birding country a few miles from the historic hill-top town of Trujillo - we enjoy fine home cooking and wine included with our evening meals.

Join us in January for a great week of birding amid the bird-rich sierras and rolling steppe grasslands of Extremadura!

SPAIN | Spanish Steppes in Winter
with Fernando Enrique & Mike Crewe
Sun 20th - Sat 26th January 2019

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Weighing up to 20kg, the Great Bustard is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world © tour participant Roger Cresswell
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Though bigger in wingspan, the Griffon Vulture does not weigh as much as the bustard - and is rather better at soaring! © tour participant Roger Cresswell


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