Spain 2020 Birding Tour with pre-trip to Straits of Gibraltar

May 01 - 20, 2020
Tour Length: 20 days with pre-trip Est. Spaces Left: Contact Us for info

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
No Future Dates Available
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
12 + Rockjumper & local leader
Focus:
Birding; Spanish culture & architecture; Photography;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; Moderate
Double Accommodation:
$ $5032 US, pre-trip $1809 US
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ $577 US, pre-trip $277 US
Deposit:

This trip is offered by our partners at Rockjumper Tours and is led by our joint guide, Stephan Lorenz. Spain has long been a very popular birdwatching destination, offering a wide range of Mediterranean habitats along with safe, easy and excellent birding. Many sites are in beautifully scenic settings, featuring Romanesque architecture and ancient, fortified hilltop villages; whilst much of interior Spain that we visit is very rural and way off the tourist trail. Our comprehensive itinerary is specially designed for a great diversity of birds and concentrates on three major and distinct habitats: the semi-arid steppes and cork-oak dehesas (a type of wooded pastureland) of the central and northern interior, the scenic Sierras and high, alpine Pyrenees to the north in Catalonia, and the wetlands and marshes of Doñana National Park on the Atlantic coast. During spring, the area’s many resident and breeding birds are joined by migrants en route from Africa to their northern nesting areas, and some of the fabulous species we hope to see include Spanish Imperial Eagle (up to 23 raptor species are possible!), Great and Little Bustards, Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Spectacled Warbler, Alpine Accentor, both species of noisy Chough, White-throated Dipper and the fabulous Wallcreeper. Our journey begins in the southern city of Seville, travels through the steppes and heartland of Spain with stops in the Sierra de Gredos before reaching the mighty Pyrenees, and then continues east to the historic city of Barcelona. We travel in spacious and comfortable vehicles, the food is delicious and plentiful; while our accommodations are mostly family-run establishments in pleasant and beautifully renovated ancient stone farmhouses, nestled in quiet and charming villages.
The optional pre-trip to Gibraltar in Spain is timed for the amazing Spring Migration, whereby thousands upon thousands of raptors and a huge array of other Eurasian species make the daily crossing from the African Continent back to their summer breeding grounds in Europe and Asia. Aside from marveling at this incredible spectacle, some of the many highlights we can expect during our time in this immensely important flyby area include the Iberian endemic Spanish Imperial Eagle, visiting a newly established breeding colony of the Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis, an exhilarating sea cruise in search of seabirds and several species of whales and dolphins, and spending time at a colony of very confiding Lesser Kestrels in the port town of Tarifa.

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  • Meeting Location

    Seville, Spain

    Accomodations

    Comfortable guest houses and hotels.

    Included

    ● All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 15;
    ● water supplied with picnics and wine with evening meals;
    ● All lodgings;
    ● Ground transportation;
    ● Reserve entrance fees;
    ● Extra activities as mentioned in the itinerary; and
    ● All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

    Excluded

    ● Visa fees;
    ● ANY flights;
    ● Any beverages except that stipulated above;
    ● Special gratuities;
    ● Telephone calls and
    ● Laundry and other items of a personal nature.

  • Top Birds

    Great & Little Bustards, Wallcreeper, Red-necked Nightjar, Iberian Magpie, Western Swamphen, Ferruginous Pochard (rare), Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Red & Black Kites, Short-toed Snake, Booted & Spanish Imperial Eagles, Cinereous, Egyptian, Bearded & Griffon Vultures, Golden Eagle, European Honey Buzzard, Eurasian Crag Martin, Dupont’s, Calandra, Thekla’s, Crested & Greater Short-toed Larks, Pin-tailed & Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Iberian Grey Shrike, Eurasian Stone-curlew, Spanish Sparrow, Eurasian Eagle-Owl, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Red-rumped Swallow, Ortolan Bunting, Iberian Green, Black, Middle Spotted & White-backed (rare) Woodpeckers, Citril Finch, White-throated Dipper, European Crested Tit, European Pied Flycatcher, Bluethroat, Water Pipit, Red-legged Partridge, Woodchat Shrike, Red-billed & Alpine Chough, Iberian Chiffchaff, Alpine Accentor, White-winged Snowfinch, Western Capercaillie (rare), Rock Ptarmigan (rare), Boreal (Tengmalm’s) Owl (rare), Black Wheatear, Eurasian Bittern, Bearded Reedling, Eurasian Penduline Tit, Little Bittern, Water Rail, Melodious, Dartford, Sardinian, Western Bonelli’s, Spectacled, Subalpine & Orphean Warblers, Scopoli’s & Balearic Shearwaters

    Pre-trip: Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonellí’s Eagle, Northern Bald Ibis, White-headed Duck, Marbled Teal, Audouin’s, Yellow-legged & Slender-billed Gull, Scopoli’s & Balearic Shearwater, Great Skua, chances for Little Bustard, Eurasian Stone-curlew, Collared Pratincole, Caspian Tern, Iberian Chiffchaff, Common Firecrest, European Crested Tit

    Top Mammals

    Red Fox, Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Iberian Hare, European Rabbit, Wild Boar, Iberian Lynx (very rare), Spanish Ibex

    Pre-trip: Pilot, Sperm & Fin Whale, Orca, Bottlenose & Striped Dolphin

    Habitats Covered

    coastal wetlands, cork-oak dehesas, deciduous woodlands, olive groves, mountain crags, grasslands

    Expected Climate

    temperate, mainly mild

  • Other Attractions

    Grand Canyon of Castilla y Leon, ancient historical buildings & sites, great scenery, excellent food & wine

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