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Seville Countryside Birding Day trip

the land of the bustards

A big section of the Seville province is occupied by farmlands, where wheat, sunflower and olive crops dominate.

Inside this vast area, the triangle formed by Marchena, Osuna and Écija, with La Lantejuela as its epicentre (about 70 km east of Seville), stands out ornithologically.

As this is one of the most important areas for steppe birds in Andalusia, it has been declared as a Important Bird Area.

Here, apart from the crops, the diversity increases due to the presence of several seasonal brackish lagoons.

This area offers a very rich diversity of birds, gathering typical birds from steppe with some other waterfowl in close proximity.

Regarding steppe birds, we can highlight one of the largest Andalusian populations of both bustards. Great Bustard and Little Bustard. While the first one is keeping its population stable, the second one is rapidly decreasing.

Other interesting birds of open areas are Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Montagu’s Harrier, Black Shouldered Kite, Lesser Kestrel and European Roller.

Among the wetland birds the Greater Flamingo is usual but the most wanted bird is the White-headed Duck.

 Best route for steppeland birds.
Presence of White-headed Duck.

On this route all observations are realized from the car or its surroundings.

We will use the extensive network of secondary roads and tracks to explore the area in search of the different bird species.

If they are flooded, we will also visit different lagoons in search of wetland birds, among which we can highlight La Ballestera and Calderón Grande.

Of special interest is the  Gobierno´s lake, because of the artificial water irrigation which does not drain in the summer time.

Most wanted birds

RESIDENTS
Great Bustard
Great Bustard
Little Bustard
Little Bustard
Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Black-bellied Sandgrouse
Black-shouldered Kite
Black-winged Kite
White-headed Duck
White-headed Duck
Southern Grey Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike

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SUMMER
European Roller
European Roller
Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel
collared pratincole andalusian birds
Collared Pratincole
Gull-billed Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Short-toed Lark
Greater Short-toed Lark
Woodchat Shrike
Woodchat Shrike

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WINTER
common crane andalusian birds
Common Crane
Booted Eagle
Booted Eagle
Red Kite
Red Kite
Merlin
Merlin
Brambling
Brambling
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
MIGRATION
garganey andalusian birds
Garganey
egyptian vulture andalusian birds
Egyptian Vulture
Black Stork
Black Stork
western orphean warbler andalusian birds
Western Orphean Warbler
bonelli's warbler andalusian birds
Bonelli's Warbler
Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting

Great Spotted Cuckoo
Red-necked Nightjar
Pallid Swift
European Bee-eater
Red-rumped Swallow
Black-eared Wheatear
Western Olivaceous Warbler

Greater Flamingo
Calandra Lark
Spotless Starling
Spanish Sparrow

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   MAIN HABITATS

Countryside       Pools

 

   TOP BIRDS

Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse

 

   LOCATION

80 km from Seville (1 hour) 

 

   DURATION

10 hours.

 

   AVAILABILITY

All year round.

 

   RATES

   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.

    Accomodation.

If you have to cancel the tour due to reasons related to COVID-19 (impediments to travel, infection…) you will be reimbursed 100% of your booking, no matter when you cancel. In other cases:

– 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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