Brazo del Este Birding Day Trip

the small Doñana

The Brazo del Este belongs to the former route of the Guadalquivir river and it is located at the East of the current course of the river, very close to Los Palacios. It was once part of the Doñana marshes but now it is isolated from the main wetland.

This is a small and superb site where we can observe many species of birds. This place is sometimes even better than Doñana. It has the advantage of keeping water in the summer season, when the marsh drains, collecting together a fantastic amount of birds.

It comprises marshland with extensive reedbeds surrounded by farmlands, rice paddies and a veritable labyrinth of drainage ditches.

Brazo del Este shares most of the bird species with Doñana.

Species of special note here include the Marbled Duck, Squacco Heron, Western Olivaceous Warbler and sometimes we may also observe Great Bittern, Ferruginous Duck, Red-knobbed Coot or White-headed Duck.

The reedbed holds good numbers of  Savi´s Warbler and Little Bittern and during the migration it attracts different species of crakes.

This is a prime site for Purple Swamphen, Glossy Ibis, Whiskered Tern and Collared Pratincole.

In the nearby vineyards we can find the Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin in summer time.

Proximity to Seville.
If you have not much time, possibility of making half-day visits.
Presence of most of the characteristic bird species of Doñana.
Good bird watching opportunities during the summer, when most of Doñana is dried out.

We will drive along narrow and dirty roads in the middle of marshes and fields, stopping at the most interesting bird watching hotspots along an old branch of the Guadalquivir River, east of the town of Los Palacios.

Blog: Top 10 birds of Doñana

Both, half day and full day trips are possible.

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Most wanted birds

audouin's gull andalusian birds (2)
Marbled Duck
ferruginous duck andalusian birds
Ferruginous Duck
red-knobbed coot andalusian birds
Red-knobbed Coot
purple gallinule andalusian birds
Purple Swamphen
Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron
Spanish Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow


purple heron andalusian birds
Purple Heron
collared pratincole andalusian birds
Collared Pratincole
Short-toed Lark
Greater Short-toed Lark
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin
Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin
Savi's Warbler
Savi's Warbler
western olivaceous warbler andalusian birds
Olivaceous Warbler


osprey andalusian birds
black-shouldered kite andalusian birds
Black-winged Kite
Booted Eagle
Booted Eagle
black stork andalusian birds
Black Stork
common crane andalusian birds
Common Crane
Great Bittern
Great Bittern
garganey andalusian birds
Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake
european roller andalusian birds
European Roller
Black-eared Wheatear
Black-eared Wheatear
Subalpine Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
iberian chiffchaff andalusian birds
Iberian Chiffchaff

Montagu's Harrier
Red-necked Nightjar
Pallid Swift
European Bee-eater
Lesser Kestrel
Woodchat Shrike
Red-rumped Swallow

Red-crested Pochard
Eurasian Spoonbill
Calandra Lark
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Spotless Starling



Wetlands   Rice fields



Marbled Duck, Squacco Heron, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin



25 km from Seville (30 min) 



Half day tour: ≈ 5 hours.
Full day tour: ≈ 9 hours.



All year round.

   Pick up service in Seville or close to destination point (free of charge). For long distance pick up a supplement fee will be applied.

   Local guide fluent in English.

   Paper checklists of the birds to observe.

   Free access to identification guides and quality optical materials.

   All taxes.

   Doñana Wings is included in the Tourism Registry of the Andalusian Government as an Active Tourism company (AT/SE/00129) and holds a Liability Insurance (82168675) and Accidents Insurance (82164529) with AXA SEGUROS Company.

    Meals and drinks.


This is our cancellation policy:

– Cancellations at least 7 days before the tour: 100% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellation due meteorological conditions: 100% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellations from 7 days before the tour until 2 days before the tour: 50% of the amount will be refunded.

– Cancellations less than 48 hours before the tour or “No show”: 0% of the amount will be refunded.

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