NORTHERN SPAIN: Lammergeiers & Wallcreepers in the Pyrenees

DATES & PRICES
Tour Dates: Friday 26th – Tuesday 30th October 2018 (Barcelona to Barcelona)
Tour Price: £799 per person
plus flight
Estimated Flight Price: London to Malaga direct approx. £150 return

Conservation Donation from Wise Birding: Approx 3% of tour price per person (£20pp) 
Deposit: £250 per person
Minimum Number required for trip to run: 6 people
Maximum Group Size: 8 people
Accommodation:
4 nights at Boletas Birdwatching Centre


Key Birds:
Lammergeier, Wallcreeper, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Little Bustard, Common Crane, Alpine Accentor, Snow Finch and Eagle Owl.

Key Mammals:
Pyrenean Chamois

Conservation work that you will directly contribute to by joining this holiday:
This tour will directly contribute to the important conservation work being carried out in  Spain to try and secure habitat for the declining Steppe species of this region through close liaision and agreements with landowners. More details can be found on our Conservation Projects page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a fabulous late autumn break with great accommodation and food based at the Boletas Birdwatching Centre. Here we spend four comfortable nights exploring different areas each day with a particular focus on two highly sought after species, the Lammergeier and the Wallcreeper. We have excellent chances of finding these two enigmatic species and there are some excellent opportunities for photography too. Our local guide Dani Cazo knows this area very well indeed and you will be in great hands. Join us!

Day 1
After meeting at Barcelona airport we shall travel to Huesca which is approximately a 3hr drive. In no time at all we will be in a huge steppe landscape looking for sandgrouse with good chances for several larks and raptors. By the afternoon, we will be searching for Eagle Owl, Black Wheatear and Blue Rock Thrush. Overnight Boletas Birdwatching Centre

Day 2
Today we will visit Guara and Vadiello where among other birds Wallcreeper, Lammergeier and Alpine Accentor are almost guaranteed! Near Loporzano we will look for raptors particularly Bonelli´s Eagle, sadly one of the last surviving pairs in the central Pyrenees. We will also visit La Sotonera reservoir where we hope to find some of the first returning Cranes. Overnight Boletas Birdwatching Centre

Day 3
We will drive to the French border for alpine specialities where our target species will be Snow Finch, Alpine Chough and Chamoix in a dramatic landscape of snowy peaks. On our return we will look for woodland birds such as Black Woodpecker and Cirl Bunting. Overnight Boletas Birdwatching Centre

Day 4
Today we will explore the north bank of the Ebro Valley steppes. Our journey will begin early in the morning to Los Monegros where we hope to fine both Pin-tailed and Black–bellied Sandgrouse in good numbers. Little bustards are also here and we will attempt to find the very small population of Great Bustard that still remains in this part of Spain. Other species we will look for include Stone Curlew, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Thekla Lark and Calandra Lark. At the end of the day we will visit the famous nesting area of Dupont’s Lark. Overnight at Boletas Birdwatching Centre

Day 5
En route back to Barcelona, time permitting, we will make a stop at Sariñena Lake where we may find among other birds, Bittern and Penduline Tit.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT HOLIDAY DETAILS
Leaders: Dani Cazo
Included in cost: Accomm. in twin en-suite rooms, all meals, water, ground transport and services of leader
NOT Included in cost: International airfare, travel insurance, drinks other than water, any airport/visa fees and items of a personal nature
Accommodation: Very homely Guest House very close to birding sites. Half-board and packed lunches
Single Supplement: £85
Max. Group Size: 8
Transport: Minibus / People Carrier
Difficulty: Very easy walking and short walks never far from our vehicle.
Climate: Variable from quite cold in the mornings to pleasantly warm during the day with a chance of rain.
Meeting Point: Barcelona Airport, Spain
Tour End: Barcelona airport.
Suggested Airlines: Easyjet from London
Note:This is a flexible itinerary which may need to be adjusted in relation to arrival and departure times, weather conditions and other related factors.