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Spanish Pyrenees in Winter Tour

5based on 2 reviews
Spain 7 Days
Starting From EUR 1,700 / per person

Two Continents Birding Tour

5based on 6 reviews
Spain 8 Days
Starting From EUR 1,450 / per person

Bird party in the Gambia!

Gambia 11 Days
Starting From EUR 2,400 / per person

Straits Day Tours

5based on 3 reviews
Spain 1 Days
Starting From EUR 60 / per person

Swift Weekender Tour

4.94based on 3 reviews
Spain 4 Days
Starting From EUR 689 / per person

Doñana Delights Tour

5based on 2 reviews
Spain 5 Days
Starting From EUR 930 / per person

Strait Birding and Cetaceans Tour

5based on 2 reviews
Spain 7 Days
Starting From EUR 1,200 / per person

Unknown Vulture Spectacle Tour

5based on 2 reviews
Spain 7 Days
Starting From EUR 1,500 / per person
Great Bustard
Both species of Bustard can be seen on several of tours but the Extremadura tour provides the best opportunities to see this species and a whole host of enigmatic species of the plains.
Spanish Imperial Eagle
The Spanish Imperial eagle is a threatened species of eagle native to the Iberian Peninsula. Due to ongoing conservation, the species can be seen on the majority of the Spanish tours.
Short-toed Eagle
A migratory species that can be encountered like many of the raptors passing the bottleneck of the Straits in large numbers, it can also be observed in suitable habitats on many of the Spanish tours.
Booted Eagle
In Europe, most Booted Eagles are migratory. Only a few spent the winter in southern Europe, but can be encountered in large numbers during migration passing the Straits or at breeding, wintering and feeding sites throughout many of the tours offered.
Honey Buzzard
The European Honey Buzzard is not closely related to the Buteo Buzzards like the Common Buzzard. This species like many other raptors can be seen migrating in large numbers throughout the Straits.
Black Stork
Widespread but uncommon this species can be seen en-mass migrating through the Straits of Gibraltar.
Red-knobbed Coot
Found regularly in southernmost Spain on freshwater lakes and ponds as a resident breeder and can be encountered on several of our tours.
Northern Bald Ibis
Very rare until a successful reintroduction project to the Cadiz area took place in 2003 and can be seen on several of the tours where birders will either visit breeding colonies or feeding areas.
Rüppell’s vulture
Rüppell’s vulture or Rüppell’s griffon vulture is a large vulture that occurs throughout the Sahel region of central Africa. It can now be found in the Straits of Gibraltar too.

Due to extensive conservation background working for the RSPB Inglorious Bustards have amassed useful conservation techniques and approaches. We aim to work with the Migres Foundation in enabling them to get more funds for vital monitoring of migrating birds in the Straits of Gibraltar while also donating a proportion of any profits from certain tours to them.

We are keen supporters of Operation Turtle Dove and support the Dove Step campaign through logistical and financial support.

Inglorious Bustards also work with farmers and land managers to ensure that eco-tourism can support our creation and protection of habitats including the Salarte project conserving the traditional practices of salt extraction by hand which provides important feeding areas for migratory wading birds.

Finally, we also work in collaboration with other service providers to support and grow sustainable eco-tourism that financially rewards and supports conservation activities, for example, we provide delicious picnics including locally sourced food that provides conservation benefits.

  • Spanish Pyrenees Tour with the brilliant Inglorious Bustards
    Spanish Pyrenees in Winter Tour
    Drew Lyness7 Dec 2017
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    Stunning scenery, some first-class birding and a great laugh - pretty much sums up our early December trip to the Spanish Pyrenees for our group and the brilliant Inglorious Bustards! We arrived, and picked up by Simon and Nikki at Barcelona airport, and slowly travelled north-west over six days, ending our tour in Bilboa. Exploring a variety of habitats along the way including; wetlands, rocky gorges, alpine forests and snowy mountain peaks. We ended our trip on a modest 106 species, but it was certainly a case of quality over quantity. Watching majestic Lammergeiers tussling in the sky overhead, and enjoying close views of a Wallcreeper eating hummingbird hawkmoth in tiny Pyrenean village, were both undoubtedly our birding highlights of the trip. Other species included; a surprise Moustached Warbler, Alpine Choughs riding thermals in giant 'chough-nados' with their familiar red-billed cousins, Alpine Accentor feeding on pastries, and a raptor spectacular with Lammers, Griffons, Golden and Bonelli's Eagles, Red Kites, Common Buzzards, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel all in air together in the space of five minutes! Can't complain with that. A fantastic trip all round, with excellent guides, great birds and suitable accommodation at very good value. Flights were cheap from London airports, and the trip made for a unforgettable addition to my winter birding in 2017. Would be back for seconds in a heartbeat!
  • Barcelona to Bilbao - an unforgettable trip!
    Spanish Pyrenees in Winter Tour
    Douglas Mcgarvey19 May 0108
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    In a word: incredible! My highlights of the trip have to be the fantastic views (and photo opportunities) of dozens of Lammergeier throughout the trip along with eye-watering views of Wallcreeper from only 3 metres away - both new species to me! Our guides Simon and Nikki were incredibly accommodating and made the trip an absolute joy! Fantastic company, culture, laughs and over 100 species in only a few days - 11 out of 10 and can't wait for my next adventure with IG!
  • What an incredible week on 2 continents with amazing birds and Simon and Niki
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    Pauline Hogg9 May 2019
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    I was one of a party of 18 Leeds RSPB Group members who have just returned from this trip. This was an amazing mix of seriously good birding with incredible views; lots of information about the culture, history and conservation issues of the areas we visited; superb meals with locally sourced foods; and an abundance of laughter and fun. Both main venues were located in prime bird areas and it was a joy to be woken by a dawn chorus including Nightingale and Western Bonelli's Warbler! Migration was incredible and the massive deal it is for huge raptors was really obvious watching them struggle to reach land. We had 4 vastly different boat rides (including 2 ferries) and sightings of birds and cetaceans were epic. The food was top quality and all locally sourced and the picnics were varied and delicious. Simon and Niki's birding skills and knowledge of the history, culture and conservation issues of the areas they took us to were second to none and we all came away having not only had stunning views of lots of unusual and different birds, but also having learned a lot. We will be back for more!
  • Two continents tour
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    Paul Hackett1 Mar 2016
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    Had the pleasure of spending some quality time with Simon on a short trip to Tarifa for the migration and Morocco for some African birds, a few years ago, (Marsh Owl was stunning) he has a very natural and relaxed attitude, putting the clients at their ease, which I saw many times on the trip, even the boat ride out to the straits was exciting with the addition of great sightings of the long finned pilot whales, ( a lifer for me ) his knowledge of birds is exemplary, nothing is too much trouble, and he delivered all the target birds for the group, all in all, a great trip was had by everybody oh, and I managed to get some really good digiscoping pictures ! Paul Hackett - Kowa & Panasonic Digiscoping Ambassador
  • Inglorious Bustards are all over it!
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    David Lindo8 Feb 2017
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    Being guided by Niki and Simon aka Inglorious Bustards is like taking a leisurely stroll to watch wildlife with a couple of great mates who really care about you. They love what they do and love who they do it for. After my tour of Tarifa and Morocco, in which I witnessed the most amazing migration of raptors and storks heading south over the Straits, I wanted to move in with them!
  • Birds Beautiful Birds...
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    perry haines8 Sep 2017
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    Blessed with the opportunity to visit the Straits again, and witness the spectacular migration miracle, September 8th thru to the 29th 2017 have been superb. Out at sea viewing Pilot Whales and Striped Dolphins, Scoping Stone Curlew at Saline lagoons, counting in the Harriers at La Janda roost, enjoying musters of Black and White Storks, kettling in a big blue backdrop sky - Just some of the magic times shared with Niki and Simon at prime observation locations ! ''Inglorious Bustards'' eat, sleep, breathe the Natural World - All birds shared, gratefully appreciated IB's - from Wilson's Petrel and Scopoli's Shearwater to a very generous exaltation of Short Toed Lark. Over the three weeks, birdwatching has been tip top ! From sublime tranquility at La Janda, observing Montagu's Harrier quartering the paddy fields, Black Winged Kite hunting n' hovering, and Red Necked Nightjar sweeping and wheeling, in flight at dusk. To an electric atmosphere, with excitement in the air, at Cazalla and Algarobbo observation points, scanning thru thousands of the Raptor parades ''Usual Suspects '' such as Black Kite, Honey Buzzard, Egyptian Vulture, Short Toed and Booted Eagle, seeking to enjoy gems that included Ruppell's Vulture ( A total of 10 for a well pleased me ) Long-Legged Buzzard, Red Kite, Spanish Imperial, Bonelli's and Golden Eagle. A perfect way to end this trip, I stayed again at '' Inglorious Bustards HQ ''Huerta Grande'', as ever, a safe harbour, peaceful haven, a bird news hub, where the Tawny Owls serenade, insuring sweet dreams. Last day at La Janda, a Short Toed Snake Eagle, parked ( Just 20 meters ) from my truck. We shared 15 glorious minutes together, while I admired this majestic beauty thru my binoculars. And when it flew, I knew it was my cue, the time to tear myself away from this birdwatching heaven and head home, with quarrels of Spanish Sparrow in my rear view mirror.... .......'Till the next time Niki and Simon ! Hasta Luego.....
  • Birding Two Continents
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    Peter Dale5 Sep 2017
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    Absolutely brilliant. Simon and Niki were great in every department - very knowledgeable guides both for the wildlife and the best places too see it, great hosts and excellent company. The accommodation on the trip was well up to standard and the food, particularly the picnics was excellent. A great trip where we had some memorable experiences, saw some great birds and cetaceans and made some good friends.
  • A glorious Choc \'n\' Pode Tour
    Two Continents Birding Tour
    Tony Mills16 Jul 2017
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    This tour, led by Niki and Simon to the coastal region of mid Morocco was not only successful for birds but also very enjoyable. The atmosphere was relaxed, hotels super, (two of which were 'riads' within ancient town walls and the third a luxury modern oasis) and easy walking. The highlight for me were the Eleanora's Falcons. Seeing 20+ preening in a dead tree just after bathing in the river was amazing. Other special birds included Moussier's Redstarts, Pratincoles, Coursers, Barbary Partridges and a Royal Tern. Also just seeing great close views of "also-rans" like Black-eared Wheatears, Thekla Larks and Little Owls was wonderful. These guys are experts, they know their stuff, know the sites, and are really fun people to be with. So if you're looking for a tour to include great birds in a relaxed atmosphere with some great food, culture and banter thrown in then I would highly recommend touring with Inglorious Bustards.
  • Solo traveller returns
    Straits Day Tours
    Gary Mantle1 Apr 2017
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    Being guided was like being out with a friend. I never felt rushed and yet we packed in an incredible amount. Succesdgul birding in the Straits is all about the wind and adkustong plans on the day. In this, they excel ensuring that you have the best experience. I asked lots of basic questions but never felt stupid. Or embarrassed by my lack of knowledge. I loved the passion and enthusiasm they showed and was moved by the grateful welcome they showed to the migrant birds. Being guided by them was much more than than a simple transaction and more a sharing of a mutual pleasure. As a result of spending time together my first experience of birding in the Straits was so much better than if I had tried to go it alone - indeed I doubt if I would have seen a fraction of what we experienced together. Without hesitation I thoroughly recommend.
  • Glorious day\'s birding with Nikki & Simon
    Straits Day Tours
    Barbara Shelton4 Oct 2018
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    Nikki & Simon waved a magic wand and made our wish list come true! With 80 species in one day, many of them lifers for me, it was an incredible day that will live long in the memory. Such skill, knowledge and friendliness, and a great lunch too. Not only did we achieve our target birds, we had some unexpected bonuses such as Northern Bald Ibis and Black-crowned Night Heron, not to mention Stone Curlew. A stunning day all round - muchas gracias!
  • Glorious bustards !!
    Straits Day Tours
    Dan McGibbon3 Feb 2017
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    Amazing birds, people, location, food and atmosphere. Well worth going on any tour with these folk; can't express in words how good they are !!!!
  • Swift Weekender
    Swift Weekender Tour
    John Headon13 Jul 2018
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    An excellent trip, made all the better by Simon and Niki's friendliness, consideration, thoroughness, skill and persistence! The latter was very important as it allowed me to see quite a few species I might otherwise have missed (lesson hopefully learnt!). I could not have asked for more in the way of being looked after, cossetted even! Thank you - it was brilliant.
  • First time to the area
    Swift Weekender Tour
    Gary Mantle5 Apr 2017
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    Fabulous time with Niki & Simon exploring a range of different habitats and birds. I was asked if there were any species I was particularly keen to see and they made every effort to rise to the challenge. They were good company, well informed and expert making the two days guiding a real pleasure. Highly recommended.
  • Brilliant birding
    Swift Weekender Tour
    Lynne Dale4 Sep 2017
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    A fantastic Wildlife experience led by enthusiastic, knowledgeable leaders Simon and Niki. The pace of the holiday was relaxed but we missed nothing. Simon and Niki knew exactly where the birds were and were extremely adaptable reacting to changes in the weather as necessary. Accommodation and food were excellent enhancing the experience of birding on 2 Continents.
  • Some of the best birding I\'ve had.
    Doñana Delights Tour
    Jake Gearty2 Feb 2017
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    I honestly mean it when I say I had some of the most enjoyable birding with the bustards. The guides are not only fantastic birders but also fantastic people. Saw all the birders I wanted to see but also really enjoyed myself. All round a fantastic place and would throughly recommend them to anyone.
  • Complete BUSTARDS
    Doñana Delights Tour
    Jason Mitchell3 Feb 2017
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    They are!!! That means to say they're the complete package; the 5-stars says it all.....passionate, knowledgeable and above all FUN :)
  • Inglorious Bustards: the best kind of excitement and fun
    Strait Birding and Cetaceans Tour
    Barbara Kossy11 Oct 2018
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    Niki and Simon were just the best sort of wildlife and birding guides: personable, smart, fun, and they know where all the good stuff is. They know how to keep a group comfortable and be in the right place at the right time. Not only did I see 150 species of birds in 6 days, I also discovered some charming small towns, and had memorable meals and conversation.
  • Birds and fun touring together!
    Strait Birding and Cetaceans Tour
    Maria Aguilar2 Feb 2017
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    The best tour I've ever had! Experienced leaders, stunning places, wonderful picnic and an overwhelming amount of birds I could never forget. They probably have the best combination of knowledge and people skills to show you one of the most beautiful and biodiverse places in Spain.
  • Vultures and Specialities
    Unknown Vulture Spectacle Tour
    Wader World30 Jun 2017
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    Simon & Niki are a joy to be with, they are warm, friendly , helpful and welcoming throughout. They made this tour an thouroghly enjoyable experience and can't be faulted. I have seen many Vultures at many sites but nothing allowed such good views or photographic opportunities as this trip. If you do fancy some "up close & personal" time and or photographic opportunites with Vultures then I can't think of any other better choice than to join a day or 3 with the Inglorious Bustards team, highly recomended
  • Rapturous Raptor Watching October 2016
    Unknown Vulture Spectacle Tour
    perry haines14 Oct 2016
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    ' Rapturous Raptor Watching October 2016 ' Birdwatching across the Straits in September 2016, was tip top, witnessing the fabulous Autumn migration flight path spectacle, with raptors galore in the air. It was at this time, ' The Inglorious Bustards ' Simon and Niki recommended that October is fantastic too, in particular featuring thousands of Vultures, taking their turn to make the epic voyage from Europe to Africa. Hungry for a second helping of such wonderful birding, we did indeed return to the ever hospitable Huerta Grande, in October, arriving on the 14th and staying until the 24th. Wow............ We were not disappointed, the good advice was spot on, the raptors passed overhead in great aerial armadas. A particularly memorable moment was spent with a magnificent Greater Spotted Eagle, that flew overhead on the 16th. Best day for us ? The 22nd, when 'panning' thru the many, many kettles of Griffin Vultures, we were rewarded with two Ruppell's Vultures and a Black Vulture. Over the time, we were treated to both quality and quantity of terrific birds, that also included: Short Toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Golden Eagle , Black Kite, Hobby, Montagu's Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Common Buzzard, Honey Buzzard, Egyptian Vulture, and much more.... Not forgetting magical musters of White stork and Black Stork too. Many, many thousands of birds doing what comes naturally - Beautiful ! 'The Inglorious Bustards' truly do ''know their stuff'' ! Many thanks for all the good tips and knowledge shared, with some epic days birding !!!
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