Andalucía Birdwatching Tour

DURATION
6 days, 5 nights.

NEXT TOUR
11-16 May 2021.
(Query us for other dates or a private tour)

LOCATION
Jaén, Córdoba, Sevilla and Cádiz.

RATES
1250 €/pax
Single supplement: 75 €

The Guadalquivir river is the main Andalusian river. Along its 660 km it crosses Andalusia from east to west, from Cazorla to Doñana. Along its way it crosses a great diversity of habitats where we can observe a long list of birds, including the most wanted in Andalusia. Our Andalucía Birdwatching Tour is the best way to discover Andalusia and its birds.

For 6 days, and following the way of the Guadalquivir, we will visit the following areas: Cazorla, Sierra Morena, Seville Countryside and Doñana.

Planning

Transfer towards Cazorla (3 hours), with some birding on route. During the afternoon we will enjoy the first birds in Cazorla, like the White-throated Dipper.

Dinner and accommodation in Arroyofrío, where we will rest our first night.

Full day of birding in “Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Natural Park”, a mountain range with cracking cliffs and forests, and the place where the Guadalquivir River is born.

The main target of this day is the Lammergeier, that flies over the Andalusian skies again thanks to a reintroduction program. The list of birds will be complemented with mountain and forest birds: Bonelli’s Warbler, Blue-rock Trush,

At the end of the day, we will move to Andújar, where we have our accommodation the second night.

This is one of the best areas in all Spain to spot raptors, with good populations of Spanish and Golden Eagle and Griffon and Black Vulture. Other interesting birds here are: Iberian Magpie, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Southern Grey Shrike,…

Here is also the best place all over the world for the Iberian Lynx. Although it is not the main objective of this trip, there is always the possibility of seeing it.

Transfer to Écija, where we will rest the third night. This city has an important historic-artistic heritage and it is near our next birding hotspot, the Seville Countryside.

East from Seville, we have one of the best areas all over Andalusia for the steppe land birds: Great and Little Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew, Lesser Kestrel, Black-winged Kite, Roller

After our birding day, we will drive to Aznalcázar where we will be based for the last two nights.

Northern Doñana, only 30 kilometers away from Seville, offers an incredible high diversity of birds. The main habitats here are Umbrella Pine forest, marshlands  and rice paddies.

Some of the target birds are Spanish Imperial Eagle, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Ferruginous Duck, Red-knobbed Coot,… Big concentrations of waterfowl, flamingos, storks, herons and ibis occurs throughout the year.

We will finish our tour visiting Southern Doñana, in the County of Cádiz, where the Guadalquivir river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. In this area the main habitats are marshlands, salt pans and beaches.

It is the best place in Doñana to observe two of the most threatened birds of Spain, the Marbled Duck and White-headed Duck. Furthermore, in the salt pans and the beaches can be observed a great variety of waders and Slender-billed Gull. Close vineyards are wonderful site to observe Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin in summer time. In addition, we can observe the only European colony of Little Swift.

We will finish our trip in the afternoon in Seville.

Additional information

Most wanted birds in Andalusia

Main habitats

Mountains ForestOpen forestCountryside WetlandsSea

TARGET BIRDS

Residents: Marbled Duck, White-headed Duck, Lammergeier, Bonelli’s Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Eurasian Black-Vulture, Black-shouldered Kite, Lesser Kestrel, Black Stork, Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Red-knobbed Coot, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pin-tailed Sangrouse, Little Swift, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Southern Grey Shrike, Black Wheatear, Iberian Magpie.

Summer birds: Red-necked Nightjar, Squacco Heron, White-rumped Swift, European Roller, Iberian Chiffchaff, Western Olivaceous Warbler, Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin.

Winter birds: Common Crane, Audouin’s Gull, Citril Finch.

Migrants: Garganey, Black Tern, Baillon’s Crake, Marsh Sandpiper.

TOUR LEADER

TOUR PARTY

Minimum: 4 pax - Maximum: 7 pax

DEPARTING POINT

Seville

ACCOMODATION

Because we are covering a large area, we will be using several hotels. Except Ecija's hotel all of them located in small towns or rural areas.

FOOD

Abundant traditional Andalusian food, with some picnic lunches in the field.

PACE

This tour requires some walks of moderate difficulty during day 1 and 2, but most of the birding will be done from the car or near it.

Locations map

  Ground transport from Seville airport or Seville city in modern air conditioned vehicles.

  5 nights accommodation with en suite bathroom at nice quality hotels in Arroyofrío, Andújar, Écija and Seville.

  All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) except lunch on the first day and dinner on the last.

  Local guide fluent in English.

  Paper checklists of the birds to observe.

  Free access to identification guides and quality optical materials.

  All taxes.

Accident insurance.

  Extra drinks and other items of a personal nature.

   Flights (Ryanair & other companies operate daily flight from several UK airports).

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ANDALUCÍA BIRDWATCHING TOUR
Along the Guadalquivir River
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