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Catalonia & Aragon Grand Tour - 8 Days

Catalonia & Aragon Grand Tour
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8-day birdwatching tour which explores the North-East of Spain to secure an amazing list of over 210 species. Pyrenees, Ebro Delta and the steppes offer a fine list of specialities: Lammergeier, Audouin’s Gull, Red-necked Nightjar, Litte Bustard, Citril Finch, Western Swamphen are only some of them.

Day 1
Days 1 & 2

Meet and wellcome in the Barcelona International Airport. Transfer to Ebro Delta (1.5 hours) and arrival to our hotel for a two nights stay. We will spend two full days to enjoy the variety of birds living there. Greater Flamingo, Audouin’s & Slenderbilled Gulls, Glossy Ibis, Western Swamphen, Black-winged Stilt, Whiskered Tern and Squacco Heron are all common sights in this huge wetland. Along with them we will look for scarcer species such as Caspian, Gull-billed & Little Terns, Purple & Night Herons, Collared Pratincole, Penduline Tits as well as Iberian Reed Bunting, Moustached, Savi’s and Great Reed Warblers.

A huge amount of migratory birds can be also spot all along the year. Curlew Sanpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Dotterel and Marsh Sanpiper are regularly seen in this Delta.

Day 2
Day 3

After breakfast, we will take a final look to some spots in Ebro Delta before transfering to Los Monegros steppe-land (1.5 hours), where we will arrive right before lunch. In the afternoon we will enjoy of some birds living in the steppes, including Blackeared Wheatear, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Southern Grey Shrike, Shorttoed Eagle, European Bee-eater, Lesser Kestrel, Calandra Lark and Montagu’s Harrier.

Day 3
Day 4

Full day in the steppe-lands. We will look for both Pin-tailed & Blackbellied Sandgrouses, Lesser & Greater Short-toed Larks, Stone Curlew, Little Bustard and the poorly known Dupont’s Lark. After a mid-day stop, we will visit clay cliffs where Blue Rock Thrush, Thekla Lark, Dartford Warbler, Black Wheatear, Alpine Swift, Stock Dove, Common Rock Sparrow and Golde Eagle are to be found.

After dinner we will go to enjoy the nocturnal trip. Red-necked Nightjar, Barn Owl, Scops Owl and Longeared Owl will easily appear.

Day 4
Day 5

We will spend the morning we will enjoy some steppe lands hosting good densities of scarce species such as Subalpine & Western Orphean Warblers, Roller, Black-winged Kite, Little Bustard and Ortolan Bunting. In the early afternoon we will arrive to our accommodation in the Pyrenees and we will enjoy of our first views on some big raptors.

Day 5
Day 6

In the morning we will explore the almond and olive orchards around the Boumort NP massif cliffs. Here we will look for a long list of birds including Hoopoe, Woodlark, Crested Lark, Woodchat Shrike, Wryneck, Golden Oriole and Rock Sparrow. Along the day we will se tones of Griffon Vultures, can be easily seen. Among them, Lammergeiers are soaring along the cliffs or over the slopes, showing their beautiful silouette. Cinerous and Egyptian Vultures are also a common view here. Other raptors here include Booted and Golden Eagles, Red Kite and Honey Buzzard (migratory). We will arrive to our new hotel (overnight) in the lat afternoon.

Day 6
Day 7

Some short walks in the high mountain ambient in Cadí-Moixeró NP will let us see some impressive species including Common Rock Thrush, Citril Finch, Water Pipit, Black Redstart, Dunnock, Northern Wheatear, Rock Bunting, Red-billed & Alpine Choughs, Common Crosbill and also raptors like Lammegeier.

At midday we will transfer to Aiguamolls de l’Empordà NP (1.5 hours). This wetland is a wonderful site to spot interesting migratory birds and it is great area to take good images of Squacco Heron, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis or Black-winged Stilt.

Day 7
Day 8

Full day visiting Aiguamolls. We will look for scarce migratory birds. Spoonbill, Little Gull, Spotted Crake, Great Snipe, White-winged Tern or Red-throated Pipit are some of the species easily appearing. Along with them we will enjoy of some resident or summer birds such as Moustached Warbler, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Hen Harrier, Mediterranean Shag, European Kingfisher and Pallid Swift.

Final transfer to Barcelona International Airport.

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  1. Excellent guided tours
    Tomas Baldrian05 Mar 2018
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    I attended already two tours guided by Carles Oliver - Big Catalonia/Spain loop and Morocco. Carles is one of the best birdwatchers that I met in my life, excellent observiation skills and encyclopedic knowledge of all birds in the region. Thanks to him my bird list was full of lifers after each of the trip. Moreover, Carles is very nice with people and keep smiling and in good mood the whole trip. Highly recommended!
  2. Excellent birding with Barcelona Birding Point in Spain, Morocco and Czech republic
    Geert Bauke Kortleve08 Feb 2018
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    Between 2013 and 2018 we have made several birding trips with Carles from Barcelona Birding Point ranging from 1 day trips in Catalonia to 10 days birding in Morocco. Each trip has been a wonderful experience with excellent birding, fantastic landscapes, great food & accomodation and also excellent wildlife photography opportunities. Carles is an excellent guide, passionate about birding and conservation and he has a great approach to birdwatching, he is enthousiastic, energetic but never stressful and well organized. Highlights included: A wonderful 10 day trip in Central/Southern Morocco observing all the target birds, the trips to the Pyrenees including a visit a Vulture Feeding Station with fantastic close-up views of Bearded Vultures, European Black Vultures and Griffon Vultures. Birding the steppes with excellent close-up views of Dupont's Lark and a nocturnal birding trip observing 5 species of Owls and 2 Nightjar species! And our most recent mid-winter trip to Central Spain observing 8 Spanish Imperial Eagles, 50+ White-headed Ducks, Flocks of Great Bustards, 1000+ Cranes, Black-winged Kites and much more. We can highly recommend Barcelona Birding Point to all birders who want to experience a great birding experience!
  3. Best Barcelona Birding!
    Sue Keaveney17 Apr 2017
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    Fantastic experience! I've hired birding guides all over the world and Sergi and Carles are two of the most skilled, most enthusiastic, and most personable individuals I've had the pleasure to bird with. I spent one full day with Sergi and another full day with Carles. I found them both easy to talk to and easy to spend a day with. They grew up in Barcelona, so they not only know where the birds are, they know great little places to eat and interesting stories about the area. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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