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Bearded Vulture
Our Birding tour of Northern Spain takes you to one of the best places in the world to see the emblematic Bearded Vulture. The huge wingspan (nearly 3m) casts an unmistakable shadow on the landscape. Sometimes this is the first thing we see from the hide, we are so close you can even see the red scleral ring around the eye.
Golden Eagle
Our hide visit, a highlight on our Birding tour of Northern Spain, allows for stunning views of this majestic bird. Named after the pale golden plumage on the back of the head it is the most part it is a dark chocolate brown with white patches under the wing and on the tail.
Known by many pseudonyms, such as the “butterfly bird” or locally as “pintarpared” or “wallpainter.” This small passerine bird is about the size of a Nuthatch, yet weighs no more than a Great Tit. Deep crimson wings flash and flutter as it negotiates the vertical rockfaces we visit on our Birding tour of Northern Spain.
On our Birding tour of Northern Spain, we visit the local pine forests to find this Kinglet. Distinguished from the Goldcrest by the black and white stripe above the eye, it can be quite difficult to identify. The chestnut colour thumbprint on the shoulder is a good way to confirm it is a Firecrest.
Crested Tit
Both the common name and scientific name (Lophophanus cristatus), are derived from the distinctive chequered black and white crest which stands erect and quite pointed in the adult. This makes it much easier to spot in the red pine forests which we visit on our Birding tour of Northern Spain.
Black Woodpecker
We visit the Ordesa National Park on our Birding tour of Northern Spain to get a glimpse of this striking bird. It is the largest of the European woodpeckers. Both male and female are all black, the male having a large red crown covering most of the head, whilst by comparison on the female it is more of a thin red flash.
Common Crane
We time our Birding tour of Northern Spain to see between 20.000 and 60,000 Common Cranes, gathering on their annual migration. The adult bird has slate grey plumage; the throat, nape and sides of the face are black, a white stripe runs from the eye down each side of the neck to the upper back. The striking red crown is actually a bare patch of skin.
Great Bustard
On our Birding tour of Northern Spain, we often see this bird in a group, known as a ‘drove.’ Males and females only come together to mate. Similar in shape to a goose (but on stilts, with a much straighter neck), they are one of the heaviest flying birds in the world.
Marsh Harrier
Gallocanta, a stop-over on our Birding tour of Northern Spain, is a great place to see this, the largest of all the harriers. Probably the most noticeable characteristic is the absence of white on the rump and the long tail.
Black-bellied Sandgrouse
The steppe plains we visit on our Birding tour of Northern Spain are the ideal habitat. The male has an orange throat with black half-band, pale salmon breast and defined black border. Both male and have a black belly but the female is less showy; buff/beige with speckled breast, and less defined black bands.

All our tours include a day visiting an area that supports more Bearded vultures than any other place in Europe. The increasing population in our area is a direct result of the work carried out by theFundación para la conservación del Quebrantahuesos’ (FCQ). This is an NGO established in 1995 to re-establish the population of the Bearded Vulture across the Pyrenees. During our day in the mountains, we talk about the bird, it’s unique feeding habits, mating cycle, spotting a Bearded Vulture, and it’s persecution. Education is an important element in the conservation of this magnificent bird.

In addition to education, we also make an annual donation to FCQ. Throughout the year our guests are encouraged to buy merchandise relating to our business and the Bearded Vulture itself. We make no profit on these sales and hand all monies received (including donations) are given to the FCQ.  Each year we raise hundreds of Euros for this conservation project.

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