Doñana Birdwatching Tour

DURATION
4 days, 3 nights.

NEXT TOURS
14-17 January 2021
05-08 April 2021
(Query us for other dates or private tours)

LOCATION
Seville, Huelva and Cádiz.

RATES
750 €/pax
Single supplement: +55 €

Doñana is the Europe’s biggest ecological reserve, where more than 400 birds species have been there watched. Some of the more remarkable birds are really threatened like the Spanish Imperial Eagle, Red-knobbed Coot, Marbled Duck and White-headed Duck.  This makes birding in Doñana an unrepeatable experience. We can also find the Iberian Lynx one of the most threatened felines of the world.

For four days we will visit the best places to birdwatching around the counties of Seville, Huelva and Cádiz. The protected area takes 117.00 ha and within it and their surroundings we can find marshes, rivers, streams, umbrella pine and cork oak forests, meadows, mobile dunes, sandy cliffs, rice paddies and other crops.

Day 1: Brazo del Este
After picking you up at Seville airport or your accommodation in Seville we will head for Brazo del Este (which is located only a few kilometers away from Seville). This place is composed by rice paddies and an extend network of channels and wetlands taking up the former riverbed of the Guadalquivir. Although nowadays it is isolated of the rest of Doñana, it is an excellent site for birdwatching. Some of the outstanding species here are Collared Pratincole (summer), Purple Swamphen, Glossy Ibis and the Squacco Heron.

In the afternoon we will drive to our hotel in El Rocío, a picturesque white sandy village next to the marshland of the National Park.

Day 2: Northern Doñana
We will drive to Northern Doñana, where we have the best chances to observe the Spanish Imperial Eagle.

Early in the morning we will try to observe the endangered Iberian Lynx, who has one of their largest populations around Doñana. We will visit Dehesa de Abajo (a lake plenty of waterfowl), the rice paddies and we will drive through the limits of the Natural and the National Park to get into José Antonio Valverde visitors center. The Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, the Red-knobbed coot and a extensive list of wetland birds can be observed here.

During the winter big flocks of Common Crane and Grey-lag Geese feed in this area. Good chances for owls, including Little, Barn and Short-eared Owl.

Day 3: Southern Doñana
We will visit 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.

Day 4: Western Doñana
We will finish our tour visiting visiting some more areas around El Rocío, in Western Doñana. We will visit by four-wheel drive vehicle restricted areas of the National Park, which will allow us to enjoy the best landscapes of the park and the largest wild beach in Spain. Mammals are easier to see here than anywhere else in the park, including Red Deer, Fallow Deer and Wild Boar.

In the cork tree forest and along the Rocina stream we will be able to see Iberian Chiffchaff (summer), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Short-toed Treecreeper and other forest birds.

The tour ends in the afternoon after saying goodbye in Seville or its airport.

 

Visit all the habitats of Doñana.
Best option to see all the iconic bird species of Doñana.
Chance to observe the Iberian Lynx.
Accommodation in El Rocío, one of the most picturesque villages in Andalusia.

Most wanted birds

RESIDENTS
Marbled Duck
Marbled Duck
white-headed duck andalusian birds
White-headed Duck
ferruginous duck andalusian birds
Ferruginous Duck
red-knobbed coot andalusian birds
Red-knobbed Coot
spanish imperial eagle andalusian birds
Spanish Imperial Eagle
iberian magpie andalusian birds
Iberian Magpie

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SUMMER
red-necked nightjar andalusian birds
Red-necked Nightjar
collared pratincole andalusian birds
Collared Pratincole
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin
iberian chiffchaff andalusian birds
Iberian Chiffchaff
spectacled warbler andalusian birds.png
Spectacled Warbler
western olivaceous warbler andalusian birds
Olivaceous Warbler

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WINTER
osprey andalusian birds
Osprey
black-shouldered kite andalusian birds
Black-winged Kite
black stork andalusian birds
Black Stork
common crane andalusian birds
Common Crane
little bustard andalusian birds
Little Bustard
richards pipit andalusian birds
Richard's Pipit

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MIGRATION
garganey andalusian birds
Garganey
egyptian vulture andalusian birds
Egyptian Vulture
european roller andalusian birds
European Roller
western orphean warbler andalusian birds
Western Orphean Warbler
bonelli's warbler andalusian birds
Bonelli's Warbler
subalpine warbler andalusian birds
Subalpine Warbler

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Black Tern
Ortolan Bunting
Spotted Crake
Tawny Pipit

Bar-tailed Godwit
Eurasian Bullfinch
Merlin
Short-eared Owl

Black-eared Wheatear
European Bee-eater
European Scops Owl
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Greater Short-toed Lark
Gull-billed Tern
Montagu's Harrier
Pallid Swift
Purple Heron
Red-rumped Swallow
Savi's Warbler
Woodchat Shrike

Audouin's Gull
Booted Eagle
Calandra Lark
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Eurasian Griffon Vulture
Eurasian Spoonbill
Great Bittern
Greater Flamingo
Iberian Green Woodpecker
Lesser Kestrel
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Little Swift
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse
Purple Swamphen
Red Kite
Slender-billed Gull
Southern Grey Shrike
Spanish Sparrow
Spotless Starling
Squacco Heron
Thekla Lark

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   MAIN HABITATS

Wetlands   Rice fields   Forests    Salt pans    Sea

 

   TOP BIRDS

Marbled Duck, White-headed Duck,  Spanish Imperial Eagle…

 

   TOUR LEADER

 

   TOUR PARTY

Minimum: 4 pax – Maximum: 7 pax

 

   DEPARTING POINT

Seville.

 

   ACCOMMODATION

We will stay away for the entire tour in a small hotel in the white village of El Rocío, very close to the edge of the marshes.

 

   FOOD

Abundant traditional Andalusian food, with some picnic lunches in the field. Let us know if you have any allergy.

 

   PACE

Most of the birding from the vehicle or near it, with some short and easy walks.

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

  Access to restricted areas of the National Park with a 4WD vehicle.

  3 Nights accommodation with en suite bathroom at nice quality hotel in El Rocío.

  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.

  Extra drinks and other items of a personal nature.

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

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DOÑANA BIRDWATCHING TOUR
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