Tour At A Glance

Cost:

825.00

Deposit:

250.00

Single Room Supplement:

75.00

Tour Code:

Intermediate with optional early starts and later finishes

Group Size:

Seven plus Leader

Purple Swamp-hen Glossy Ibis White-headed Duck Cattle Egret White Stork

El Coto Donana - Winters Hidden Wonderland

Date: Tour not currently running
Leaders: David Gosney

Itinerary

 

DAY ONE
Fly London/Sevilla arriving in the evening and transfer to our hotel in Montellano for a late dinner.
 
DAY TWO
We spend the day exploring the plains and wetlands around La Lantejuela before moving on to the hills near Coripe. We will hope to find one of Andalucia’s last remaining flocks of Great Bustard plus Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew and Calandra Lark on the plains. A small reserve nearby will give us our first opportunity to search for White-headed Duck and Marsh Harrier and Black-shouldered Kite are fairly regular visitors. We will remain in the hills until dusk, where in addition to the hoped for Bonelli’s Eagle, we may encounter a magnificent Eurasian Eagle Owl.
Overnight Montellano  
 
DAYS  THREE & FOUR
Following breakfast, we drive to the Brazo del Este and sites north of Doñana – we have two and a half days to explore the tracks, marshes and rice paddies without ever entering the “inner sanctum” of the National Park because the birding is so spectacular around the edges. There are numerous wetlands, on both sides of the River  Guadalquivir for us to visit. In addition to the various herons, egrets, Glossy Ibis and White Storks that the area is famous for, we will see lots of wildfowl including spectacular numbers of Greylag Geese and Greater Flamingoes, hundreds of Common  Cranes and literally dozens of Purple Swamp-hens. Nowadays, by visiting the most favoured sites, there's a realistic chance of seeing White-headed Duck, Red-knobbed Coot and Marbled Duck as well. The area is simply fantastic for raptors, which are almost constantly in view; amongst them we'll hope to find a few Black-shouldered Kites and eagles including Booted Eagle and the Spanish Imperial Eagles that Doñana is famous for. As if that wasn't enough, we'll also keep an eye open for Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Little Bustard, Lesser Short-toed Lark and a host of newly naturalized exotics such as Common Waxbill, Black-rumped Waxbill and Yellow-crowned Bishop - all now officially added to Western Palearctic lists.
Overnights El Rocío.  
 
DAY FIVE
During our time at Doñana we'll be staying at a hotel that actually overlooks marshes with hundreds of water birds - an area that we'll explore fully on our final morning. This will be another opportunity to search through flocks of ducks for species such as Red-crested Pochard and, possibly, Marbled Duck and to see even more egrets, herons, ibis , storks, flamingoes and swamp-hens. It’s yet another good area for raptors, with another chance of Black-shouldered Kite and Spanish Imperial Eagle.  We’ll then make the transfer to Sevilla for the mid afternoon flight, arriving back in the UK later the same day where the tour will conclude.

 

Additional Information

 

WHATS INCLUDED
Four nights en suite accommodation on dinner bed and breakfast and packed lunch basis, return flights London/Sevilla, minibus transport, airport transfers, reserve entrance fees and services of tour leader.
 
NOT INCLUDED
Transport to/from London airport and any overnight stay that might be involved, travel insurance, drinks and any items of a purely personal nature.

 

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