Andalucía Birdwatching Tour: Along the Guadalquivir River

DURATION
6 days, 5 nights.

AVAILABILITY
All year round.

LOCATION
Jaén, Córdoba, Sevilla and Cádiz.

RATES
Ask us.

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

Day 1: Seville-Cazorla
Transfer towards Cazorla (3 hours), with some birding on route. During the afternoon we will enjoy the first birds in Cazorla, like the Whithe-throated Dipper.

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

Day 2: Cazorla
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. The list of birds will be complemented with mountain and forest birds: Bonelli’s Warbler, Blue-rock Trush, Black-wheatear, 

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

Day 3: Sierra Morena
This is one of the best areas in all Spain to enjoy raptors, with good populations of Spanish and Golden Eagle and Griffon and Black Vultures. 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 is near our next birding hotspot, the Seville Countryside.

Day 4: Seville Countryside
East from Seville, we have one of the best areas in all 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 Seville where we will be based for the last three nights.

Day 5: Northern Doñana
Northern Doñana, only 30 kilometers away from Seville, offers an incredible high diversity of birds. The main habitats here are Umbrela 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 and of Common Crane in winter.

Day 6: Southern Doñana
We will finish our tour going to 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 sites to observe Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin in summer time. In addition, we can observe the only European colony of Little Swift.

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.

INCLUDED

-Guide.
-Transport and pick-up at your accommodation (for free).
-Accident insurance.
-Use of identification guides and free access to quality optical materials.
-Bird checklist.

NOT INCLUDED

-Food and drinks.
-Accommodation (we can help you with your accomodation, ask us).

RECOMMENDED DEPARTING POINTS

-Seville.
-Jaén.
-Cazorla.

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.

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.

INCLUDED

-Guide.
-Transport and pick-up at your accommodation (for free).
-Accident insurance.
-Use of identification guides and free access to quality optical materials.
-Bird checklist.

NOT INCLUDED

-Food and drinks.
-Accommodation (we can help you with your accomodation, ask us).

RECOMMENDED DEPARTING POINTS

-Seville.
-Jaén.
-Cazorla.

Planning

Day 1: Seville-Cazorla
Transfer towards Cazorla (3 hours), with some birding on route. During the afternoon we will enjoy the first birds in Cazorla, like the Whithe-throated Dipper.

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

Day 2: Cazorla
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. The list of birds will be complemented with mountain and forest birds: Bonelli’s Warbler, Blue-rock Trush, Black-wheatear, 

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

Day 3: Sierra Morena
This is one of the best areas in all Spain to enjoy raptors, with good populations of Spanish and Golden Eagle and Griffon and Black Vultures. 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 is near our next birding hotspot, the Seville Countryside.

Day 4: Seville Countryside
East from Seville, we have one of the best areas in all 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 Seville where we will be based for the last three nights.

Day 5: Northern Doñana
Northern Doñana, only 30 kilometers away from Seville, offers an incredible high diversity of birds. The main habitats here are Umbrela 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 and of Common Crane in winter.

Day 6: Southern Doñana
We will finish our tour going to 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 sites to observe Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin in summer time. In addition, we can observe the only European colony of Little Swift.

Additional information

Most wanted birds in Andalusia

Locations map