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In the vast Coto Doñana of southern Spain, the spring tour visits many habitats, from seashore to freshwater marshes, and grasslands to oak and pine woodlands, in search of birds (and plants and other critters, especially with Chris and Godfried guiding!). This year's tour was super fortunate to find a breeding-plumaged Roseate Tern, a rather rare bird in Spain. Photo by participant Leslie Flint.
The flagship species of the Coto Doñana, or one of them, is Greater Flamingo, whose courtship is a joy to behold. This beauty was photographed by participant Barry Tillman.
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin is one of several passerines declining in southern Europe because of the change from old-fashioned olive groves (and vineyards) to modernized ones, which are too sterile for most birds. The tour group was lucky to see this one at in the Tierra de Barros area near Almendralejo. Photo by guide Chris Benesh.