Catalan Steppes And Mountains Birding Tour
The South side of the Pyrenees mountains, including the steppe land in Lleida area (Catalonia) is a hotspot in Europe’s biodiversity. Here, a huge number of birds can be spotted in a short drive. From the impressive scavenger raptors such are Lammergeier, Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture or Griffon Vulture in the mountains to the true spectacle of the Little Bustard display, the colorful Bee-eater, Roller or Golden Oriole.
Our 5-days proposal takes you the best of this area.
The mountain areas we will visit are two: Solsona and Tremp area. Both having active grazing sheep livestock that supports healthy populations of vultures. These area are also right for mountain forest passerines like Citril Finch, Crested Tit or Crossbill.
Regarding the steppe land, we choose Montgai area as it is one of the best preserved habitats for Little Bustard, Montagu’s Harrier, Roller, Hoopoe, Little Owl, Golden Oriole, Bee-eater, Calandra Lark, Stone Curlew or Hobby. This is an arable land with barley, wheat and oat fields keeping some fallow fields and some Holm Oak forest islets.
The good new is that all these areas are close enough for a comprehensive birding trip. At the time of your booking we will listen to you and will fit the schedule to your target bird list.
In PHOTO LOGISTICS we take care of everything: guiding, accommodation and, if required, transfer from Barcelona airport.
Although it is a birding trip, we can also combine some hides here, short sessions for some birds like vultures or steppe birds, so that you can enjoy them closest than ever and in their natural behavior as we use one way glasses in all our hides.
Arrival to the accommodation in the afternoon. We kindly ask to be check in the accommodation before 20:00 or let us know in advance. The hotel is at 90 minutes from Barcelona airport.
If you are going to need a lunch pack for the next day, please order in the restaurant before you go to your room. They are used to provide this service.
Meeting our guide after your breakfast. Drive to Port del Comte mountains with Lammergeier, Citril Finch and Alpine Accentor (winter) as main target. A short hide session for vultures is available the whole year.
We will combine birding from the guide’s car with short easy walks. A lunch time spot is also foreseen in this program.
Meeting our guide after your breakfast. Drive to the South for Subalpine Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Cirl Bunting, Rock Sparrow, Golden Oriole, Hoopoe, Bee-eater and some raptors like Booted Eagle or Short-toed Eagle.
We will combine birding from the guide’s car with short easy walks. A lunch time spot is also foreseen in this program. Then, at the end of the day we will move to the next accommodation near Montgai. 50 minutes driving from Solsona
Meeting our guide after your breakfast. Then, visit to the steppe lands looking for Little Bustard, Roller, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Montagu’s Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Little Ow or Calandra Lark, among others.
As the village is so close to the steppe lands we suggest here a lunch time in the local bar. Then as resting time and back to the field in the afternoon.
Same program. It worths a second day in this amazing place as every day is a different story. In the afternoon we will lead you to the Estany d’Ivars i Vila-sana, a nice wetland that can make our day.
From Montgai we will reach Tremp area, the perfect place for Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture and Egyptian Vulture. Also Black Kite, Red Kite and some other raptors. A short hide session for vultures is available the whole year. Anyway flight shoots are also feasible from outside the hide.
In the afternoon we will get back to Montgai or Barcelona airport, according with your booking details.
Wildlife species expected to see:
Golden Eagle, Bee-eater, Little Bustard, Roller, Montagu’s Harrier, Little Owl, Hobby, Griffon vulture, Subalpine warbler, Dartfor Warbler, Golden Oriole, Lammergeier, Egyptian Vulture, Citril Finch, Crossbill, Crested tit, GoldFinch, Black-eared wheatear, great protted Cucko, Crested Larck, Red-legged partridge, kestrel, Short-Toed Eagle, Turtle dove, Marsh harrier, Little bittern, Spanish Green Wood-pecker, blue Rock Thrush, Hoppoe, Calandra Larck, Stone curlew, Rock Sparrow, Sand Martin, Eagle Owl, Stock dove,
What is included?
- Accommodation in Single Room
- Breakfast and dinner
- Professional tri-lingual guide
- Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the trip/tour/safari
- Transport service and guide from the meeting point
- Technical advice
- Management of administrative permits
- Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
- All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
- All Applicable Taxes
What is not included?
- All international or domestic airfares
- Transfer form the ariport
- Visa Fees (if applicable)
- Personal travel insurances
- Airport departure taxes or visa fees
- Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
- Lunch, snacks & water
- Optional tour extensions where applicable
- Tips & gratuities
- Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Photo Logistics is a well known and experienced Travel Agency in Spain, we run more than 80 hides for wildlife photography. We know what you want as a photographer because also we are photographers.
Yes, you can order a Lunch pack at the hotel.
Anyone who wants to enjoy the impressive fauna of teh Catalan Steppes and Mountains, you can combine hides and Safari during this days.
Spring is confortable, just a jacket for early morning is needed
We usually do all our watching from trails and paths so there should be no need for heavy boots
the hotel is magnificent, with excellent cuisine: with typical Catalan dishes clean and warm, so you can rest and get ready for the next day