Rates per person sharing:
€ 1,400 / £ 1,190 / USD 1,550
Single suplement: € 175 / £ 150 / USD 195
Group size: Min. 4 - Max. 7 participants
* Pounds Sterling and US Dollars are given as an estimate based on 7th July 2016 exchange rates. All prices have to be paid in Euros to Spainbirds Nature Tours S.L.
GUIDE: John L. Muddeman or Santi Villa
- Ground transport from Seville and to Madrid airport in modern, fully seat-belted, air conditioned 9-seat vehicles
- 6 Nights accommodation with en suite bathroom (country inn and small run family hotels)
- All meals inc breakfast, fantastic "tapas-raciones" lunches and evening meals + red wine in a moderate consumption
- Services of professional birding guides
- Basic travel insurance
- Bird checklist (revised edition 2016)
- All taxes
- Air fare (Easyjet, Ryanair & other companies operate daily flights from several UK airports)
- Extra drinks and other items of a personal nature
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Doñana & Extremadura
25 - 31 March 2017
Day 1: Seville airport – El Rocío – Doñana National Park I
Meet and welcome at Sevilla Airport then travel into the western part of Doñana National Park. We will explore the saltpans and wetlands around San Lúcar de Barrameda where we will look for White-headed Duck, Marbled Duck, Red-knobbed (Crested) Coot and Slender-billed Gulls amongst the main targets. In the evening transfer to El Rocío for our dinner and accommodation.
Day 2: El Rocío – Doñana National Park II
Breakfast at our hotel in El Rocio. Today we will go right into the heart of the National Park along a sandy road that leads to the visitor centre named in honour of the naturalist Jose Antonio Valverde. In the surrounding fields and wetlands, it is possible to watch species such as Purple Swamphen, Hen Harrier, Common Cranes, Glossy Ibis and perhaps the first Squacco and Purple Herons arriving from their winter headquarters. We will make several stops along the journey before reaching the visitor centre to see other typical species of the open fields such as Lesser Short-toed Larks, Stone Curlew or Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. Dinner and accommodation at El Rocio.
Day 3: El Rocío – Odiel Marshes - Doñana National Park III
Today we will visit the Odiel Marshes Nature Reserve. Placed next to the town of Huelva this reserve has become the first place where Ospreys have bred again in mainland Spain. The narrow road that leads to the lighthouse of the breakwater known as Juan Carlos I provides excellent opportunities for seeing different species of gulls and Audouin's is surely the most attractive amongst them all . Additionally, we have good chances for Mediterranean Gull, Stone Curlew, Whimbrel, Caspian Tern and maybe some local rarities. If time allows we will explore the public areas near El Rocío visiting some of the most popular spots of the National Park: La Rocina, El Acebuche and El Acebrón all are well known places for birding locally. Apart from its rich bird life, Doñana is home to the second population of the most threatened feline in the world: the Iberian Lynx. Accommodation at El Rocio.
Day 4: El Rocío – Trujillo – Torrejón El Rubio
Transfer to Extremadura in the early morning. Birding en route with excellent chances for seeing Bonelli's Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Great Spotted Cuckoo and Great Bustard amongst others. Accommodation in Torrejón El Rubio (Cáceres province).
Day 5: Torrejón El Rubio – Monfragüe National Park
Monfragüe will undoubtedly offer us some of the highlights of the trip. An impressive community of raptors breed within its almost 18,000 hectares. Although Griffon Vultures are the commonest bird of prey in the park with around 600 pairs breeding, we will also have good chances for watching Eurasian Black Vulture, Spanish Imperial Eagles (maybe first arriving Short-toed and Booted Eagles), both Black and Red Kites, and the odd looking Egyptian Vulture.
Sylvia warblers are also well present in the woods and shrubby slopes of Monfragüe with four species: Subalpine (could be a bit early for seeing them!), Blackcap, Dartford and Sardinian Warblers. On the cliffs we will try our luck at finding Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Red-rumped Swallow, Crag Martin, the wary Black Stork and the impressive Eurasian Eagle Owl. Dinner and overnight at Torrejón El Rubio.
Day 6: Torrejón El Rubio – Cáceres plains
Breakfast first, then we will travel to the plains. A vast flat region exists between Trujillo and Cáceres towns with isolated woodland patches suitable for a large community of steppic birds and raptors. This will be the best day to see some of the specialities of the steppe habitats such as Stone Curlew, Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Montagu's Harrier, Great and Little Bustards, Lesser Kestrel, Corn Buntings, Calandra Lark and maybe the first Black-eared Wheatears. Before ending our day we will surely have time to explore the Guadiloba reservoir where we might see Eurasian Spoonbill, Cattle Egret, Spanish Sparrow, Crested Lark and Zitting Cisticola. Accommodation at Torrejón El Rubio.
Day 7: Torrejón El Rubio – Arrocampo reservoir – Madrid airport
Our last day of the tour and if flight schedules allow we will visit the Arrocampo reservoir, the only place in Extremadura where Squacco Heron, Purple Herons and Little Bittern all breed having also a few wintering individuals of these regular summer visitors. This is also an excellent spot for Black-shouldered Kite and Great Spotted Cuckoo. Transfer to Madrid airport where the trip ends.