Yesterday I had some rather exciting (and rather out of the blue) good news. A message from David Lindo (the Urban Birder) stating that he had recommended me to the Spanish Tourist Office as an “up and coming” conservationist to take part in a tour throughout early March. If I hadn’t passed over the initial email from the tourist office (I thought it was about holidays) I would have seen that I have been invited on an all expenses paid trip to the Extremadura Bird Fair as part of a team of journalists/bloggers. The five day trip entails everything from a visit to the fair itself, to historical cities to, of course, guided birding trips around some of Spain’s top birding destinations. To say I am excited would be an understatement!
Flicking through the itinerary, the sheer variety of birds on offer throughout the trip bewildered me – not least because it includes an opportunity to get “up close” with Black, Griffon and Egyptian Vultures! Eeek. Lesser Kestrel, Black Stork, Blue Rock Thrush, so many things to look forward to and all I have to do in return is write/blog about my experience. Seems too good to be true right? Not on this occasion!
I genuinely can’t thank David enough for the recommendation and also taking the time to flick through my blog based ramblings. It is lovely to be noticed, not least by someone I am used to watching on TV. – Guess I best invest in some formal wear as stated and look forward to writing about my experience come the 15th of March when I return.