Brazo del Este Birding Daytrip

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.

Species of special note here include the Marbled Duck, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Western Olivaceous Warbler and sometimes we may also observe Great Bittern, Red-knobbed Coot or White-headed Duck. This is a prime site for Purple Swamphen and Glossy Ibis.

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

Key Info

Marshlands     Rice fields

Target birdsMarbled Duck, Squacco Heron, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

25 km from Seville (30 min) 

Available all year round.

∼9 hours or ∼5 hours.

Private trip: 60 €/person. Open-group trip: 50 €/person. (minimum 180 €). Half day 40 €/person (minimum 120 €).

Most wanted birds (possibles)


Marbled Duck

Ferruginous Duck

Greater Flamingo

Glossy Ibis

Squacco Heron

Purple Swamphen

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Red-crested Pochard

White-headed Duck

Eurasian Spoonbill

Eurasian Griffon Vulture

Red-Knobbed Coot

Iberian Green Woodpecker

Southern Grey Shrike

Calandra Lark

Lesser Short-toed Lark

Spotless Starling

Spanish Sparrow


Summer birds

Purple Heron

Collared Pratincole

Gull-billed Tern

Western Olivaceous Warbler

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

African Reed Warbler

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Red-necked Nightjar

Pallid Swift

European Bee-eater

Lesser Kestrel

Woodchat Shrike

Greater Short-toed Lark

Red-rumped Swallow

Winter birds

Northern Pintail


Black Stork

Great Bittern

Black-shouldered Kite

Marsh Sandpiper

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Common Crane



Baillon’s Crake

Black Tern

Great Spotted Cuckoo

European Roller

Black-eared Wheatear