Day 1. This day we will explore areas of the Pyrenees inmediatly North of Barcelona. Our main goal will be to locate the highly nomadic Snow Finch. The area can host flocks of 100s but also be none of the them, being highly variable depending on the year. During the morning we will have good chances for Alpine Chough, Alpine Accentor, Lammergeier, Rock Bunting, Common Crossbill, Crested Tit and Black Woodpecker. Wallcreeper is also possible in the are so we will scan also for it.
Day 2. This day we will spend some time looking for Wallcreepers in a huge gorge. Here we will probably have good views in this amazing bird. If weather allows we will have a pic-nic in some view points where it is possible to see Lammergeiers as well as Black and Griffon Vultures all together. Cirl Bunting, Hawfinch, Woodlark and Dartford Warbler may be around as well.
In the afternoon we will spend some time in an area hosting Lammergeier, Blue Rock Thrush, Crag Martin, European Serin, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Sardinian Warbler and, sometimes, Citril Finch.
Day 3. Early weak-up in the mountains. We will spdend some time in high mountain coniferous forests looking for Black Woodpecker, Citril Finch, Common Crossbill, Bullfinch, Short-toed Treecreeper and Firecrest. The area may host some overwintering Ring Ouzels. Before midday we will do a short transfer (80 minutes or so) to the plains.
In the afternoon we will go to a wetland where we will look for Bluethroat, Water Pipit, Western Swamphen, Penduline Tit and, if lucky, Moustached Warbler.
The area hosts large numbers of ducks but also Common & Jack Snipe, Green Sandpiper and White Storks along with migratory flocks of Common Crane!
Day 4. We will spend this day in the steppes. During the morning we will look for Little Bustards, Pin-tailed Sandgrouses and Black-bellied Sandgrouses. Larks will be common and we will have good views on Crested, Thekla and Calandra Larks. Still, espectations will be at its peak when searching for the mythical Dupont’s Lark. We will have good views, with a bit of luck! After a pic-nic we will spend most of the afternoon looking for Eagle Owls in areas around. Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Sparrow and Black Wheatear should all be appearing there.
Day 5. Last day of the trip. We will spend the morning looking for Great Bustards, a wonderful bird. For this we will go to the neightbouring Spanish region of Aragón, where a small population occurs. Here we will also have big flocks of Red-billed Chough and good options for Stone Curlew, Golden Eagle and Lesser Short-toed Lark. Flocks of Sandgrouses also move around the area and Little Owls and Iberian Grey Shrikes are common.
At midday we will stop in a pair of wetlands that can produce Red-crested Pochard, White Stork, Bluethroat and flocks of Common Cranes. After midday final transfer to Barcelona.
VAT included in all prices.
4 nights of accommodation in twin/double room, breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, birding guides, ground transport, reserve entrances fees and travel insurace.
Transport to/from Barcelona, alcoholic drinks, any other item not listed as “INCLUDED”
Two nights in Casa Rural Gramuntill or similar. This totally restored XVII century house offers really good rooms and excellent home made food in an impresive landscape and quiet location. Two nights in Cal Monic, an impressive accommodation offering high standing accommodation and really good breakfasts. All rooms are en suite. Lunches will combine picnics with set menus en route, depending on weather conditions.
Winter can be cold, especially up in the Pyrenees. For sure we will have snow up in the Pyrenees so it is important to keep this in mind when clothing. Temperatures can be arund 10ºC. In the steppes can be windy and colder than in the mountains. Still, you can expect sunny days!
Day 1. The tour participants meet in Seville Airport or after a morning flight (alternatively we can agree a different meeting point around the airport) and we will cover the short transfer to Tarifa, where we will spend the rest of the day.
In Tarifa we will look for the typical large flocks of European Honey Buzzard, Booted Eagles or Short-toed Snake Eagles in migration but also some interesting nesting birds that may include Bonelli’s Eagle, Little Swift, White-rumped Swift along with Rock Bunting and migrating passerines.
Day 2. Early in the morning we will explore Doñana. Here we will enjoy the variety of waterfowl in the “preParque” area. Here we will concentrated in having good looks into Marbled Teals, and our attention will also turn into Little Bitterns, Ferruginous Ducks and, if lucky, the really scarce Red-knobbed Coot! During the afternoon we will explore corners of suitable habitat for Iberian Magpie and Rufous Scrub Robin!
In nearby salty plateaus and lagoos, we may encounteer interesting species including Caspian Tern, Audouin’s Gull and, if lucky scarcer species that may include Roseate Tern or one of the very few Lesser Crested Terns moving in the area!
Day 3. A full day around Tarifa. In the morning we will explore roosting points checking gulls, shorebirds and terns. The area is also noted for migratory birds such as Golden Oriole, Northern Wheatear, Eurasian Wryneck and Woodchat Shrike. Soon, it will be time for birds of prey in migration, and depending on the winds we will move to one observation tower or another. At this time, Black Storks, Montagu’s Harriers or Egyptian Vultures can appear at any moment, sometimes in small flocks, that may blind with large kettles of Honey Buzzards, Black Kites or Booted Eagles.
In the afternoon we wil lhave time to explore the Alcornocales NP, where we will look for the endemic Iberian Chiffchaff and where we will enjoy Spanish Imperial Eagles, Cinereous Vultures and Black-winged Kites. Here it is mandatory to keep the eyes in the sky since this is a key place for the very few Rüppell’s Vultures wondering in the region.
Day 4. In the morning we will join an organised offshore (tickets not included in the price) into the Strait of Gibraltar. This is a great season for seabirds in the Strait, and a trip like this can report Parasitic Jaeger, Shearwater (inlcuding Scopoli’s) and Wilson’s Storm Petrel is really likely. Besides, the offshore is great to enjoy some sea mammals with Killer Whale being the main attraction. A pair of packs of them live in the area and they are not really difficult to see!
In the afternoon we will explore a small area hosting the only one viable population of Northern Bald Ibis in Europe. This population is the product of a reintroduction program set up by Europe, and the population has successfully bred in the wild during the last years!
Day 5. Last day of the tour. Morning birding (if tabletime allows) for graping some flocks of birds of prey or enjoy some especialities before going back to Seville Airport, where the tour will end.
820€ per person in twin room. 190€ single room supplement. 250€ deposit. VAT included in all prices.
4 nights of accommodation in Hotel Medina Sidonia or similar in twin rooms, ground transportation during the tour, breakfasts, dinners, guiding & tour leaders, fees into natural areas and travel insurance.
Flights to/from Seville, beverages out of water, boat tickets (about 50€ per person), lunches and any other item not listed as “INCLUDED”.
The meeting point will be in the Seville Airport or in any other previously agreed point.
Our base during the tour will be Hotel Medina Sidonia, a beautiful hotel into one of the nicer towns in the Cadis Province. All rooms are en suite, and have shower and cooling. The hotel offers a variety of services to make your stay more comfortable. All dinner will be in the accommodation.
Day 1. Seville – Doñana. Meet & greet at the Seville Airport (or in another previously agreed place around the airport) where we will be welcome our local guide. A short transfer will led us to our Accommodation at famous El Rocío, by Doñana National Park.
From here we will drive to the firsts territories of Iberian Lynx, where we will try first looks on them along with other species of mammals including Red Deer, Wild Boar and, if lucky, Egyptian Mongoose. The area is also great for birdlife and European Serin, Eurasian Hoopoe, Woodlark, Dartford Warbler and Sardinian Warbler are all common.
Day 2. Aznalcàzar Pinewoods – Isla Mayor. During the morning and the afternoon we will explore proper corners for Iberian Lynx, hoping for good views on them. Our guide will led us throught some of the territories he best knows. The rest of the day we will explore Isla Mayor paddyfields and open woodlands, where we will look for Marbled Teal, Western Swamphen, Little Stint and Red-knobbed Coot to name a few. The area is a well known wintering place for Booted Eagles & Western Ospreys.
Day 3. Doñana South. A full day exploring the Southern areas of Doñana. Here we will visit a number of lagoons and flooded saltplats that can produce an impressive list of birds including White-headed & Ferruginous Ducks, Red-crested Pochard, Little Bittern, Caspian Tern, Audouin’s Gulls among several more. Here is also a good area for rarities and every winter counts with Red-necked Phalarope or Lesser Crested Terns as special guests!
Day 4. Guadiamar – Doñana North. Morning and afternoon tours to keep enjoying Iberian Lynxes in the Guadiamar corridor, an area of pinewoods and mediterranean vegetation hosting Iberian Magpie and Black-winged Kite as main specialities. The rest of the day we will explore the complex of lagoons and openlands known as Doñana North. The area hosts large flocks of overwintering Geese, White Storks (and Black Storks also!) and Common Cranes, and it is a hunting grounds for Spanish Imperial Eagles out of the nesting season!
Day 5. El Rocío. Morning exploring in the area inmediatly around El Rocío to have final views on some key species before the final transfer to Seville Airport, where the tour will end.
590€ per person in twin room. 130€ single room supplement. 100€ of deposit. VAT included in all prices.
4 nigths of accommodation in Hotel-Pensió Cristina in twin rooms, breakfasts, travel insurance, midday picnics and evening meals, transportation along the tour, birding guiding and fees into natural areas.
Flights from/to Seville, drinks out of water, meals in airports and any other item not listed as “INCLUDED”.
We will meet at Seville Airport but another point can be agreed as long as being around Seville Airport.
Our base along the tour is Hotel-Pensión Cristina, a nice accommodation place at El Rocío. All rooms are en-suite, and have cooling air. The accommodation provides with a variety of services to make your stay more comfortable. All dinner will be at the accommodation.
Day 1. Arrive to Fuerteventura – Tindaya. Meet and greet at Fuerteventura Airport (a pick up in your hotel can be agreed in the case you arrived to the island prior the tour), and after collecting our rental van we will cover the short distance to Tindaya Plains, where we will spend the rest of the day. Here we will look for some of the most sought-after specialities including Houbara Bustard, Berthelot’s Pipit, Cream-coloured Courser, Spectacled Warbler or koenigi race of Northern Grey Shrike.
Day 2. Los Molinos Reservoir – Betancuria. Early morning exploration of this famous hot-spot where we will look for Fuerteventura Chat and Trumpeter Finch. Here it is also possible to enjoy Spanish Sparrow, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Barbary Partridge and Laughing Dove along with some species of waders such as Black-winged Stilt and Greenshank.
The area is also noted for birds of prey since both Egyptian Vulture (with an endemic race in the Canary Islands) and Barbary Falcon can be seen around. After this we will drive to the hilly area around Betancuria, where we will look for African Blue Tit and Atlantic Canary, both having slim populations in the island.
Day 3. Pájara – Morro Jable. Early morning transfer to the desertic areas South of the island, where we will try to improve looks in some of the main specialities like Houbara Bustard or Cream-coloured Courser. Here we will also spend time checking some gardens and woodlands that had produced Olive-backed Pipit or Yellow-browed Warbler during serveral years. During the afternoon we will drive to Morro Jable, a wonferdul seawatching point from where we will search for interesting seabirds including Cory’s & Barolo Shearwaters and, if really lucky, Red-billed Tropicbird! The area is also great to look for Barbary Falcon and Plain Swift.
Day 4. Tindaya. Last morning to enjoy some good birds before our final transfer to Fuerteventura Airport, where the tour will end.
650€ per person in twin room. 100€ single room supplement. 100€ deposit. VAT included in all prices.
3 nigths in a 3* B&B in twin rooms, breakfasts, midday picnics and evening meals, birding guide, travel insurance, transportation along the tour and fees into natural areas.
Flights to/from Fuerteventura, drinks out of water and any other item not listed as “INCLUDED”.
Meet and greet will be at Fuerteventura Airport or at any other previously agreed place.
Our base during the tour will be a lovely 3* B&B. All rooms are in suite, shower and air cooling. All diners will be at the accommodation.