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Great Bustards and Raptors Birding Tour, Spain - 5 Days

Great Bustards and Raptors Birding Tour, Spain
850

Birdwatching Tour of Arribes del Duero and Villafáfila in Spain

A leisurely-paced 5-day Great Bustards and Raptors Birding Tour that offers a chance to see a wide variety of birds in a relatively unspoiled region along the border of Spain and Portugal.

The first stop on this Great Bustards and raptors birding tour is the river canyon of Arribes del Duero, which has a low human population and numerous wild habitats of oak forests, scrubland and cliffs. This makes it the perfect breeding ground for a wide range of raptors, including the Bonelli's Eagle and Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Red and Black Kite, Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture and Buzzard.

"In July, I travelled to Miranda do Douro and photographed Bonelli's and Golden Eagles, as well as visiting vulture hides. Carlos was a wonderful guide who was both knowledgeable and helpful. This was my first visit, and I would surely return after Covid is gone. The best three days in years." - John Chapman

This Great Bustards and raptors birding tour also visits the Villafáfila lagoon and its boundaries on the Iberian steppes. This area offers arable lands, fallow fields and salted meadows that form ideal habitats for the Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Short-eared Owl, White Stork, Montagu’s Harrier, Calandra Lark, Lesser Kestrel, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew and Hen Harrier. The lagoon itself also offer great opportunities for spotting waterfowl and Gull-billed Terns.

Although this is predominantly an outdoor birding trip, you can also combine some visits to hides equipped with one-way glass windows. There are morning sessions for raptors and a half-day for the Great Bustard, to give you a close-up view of them performing their natural behaviours.

Great Bustards and Raptors Birding Tour highlights include:

  • Visits to both the relatively unspoiled Arribes del Duero river canyon and the Villafáfila lagoon and its surrounds
  • An opportunity to photograph a wide range of Spain's raptors and Great Bustards, as well as other bird life
  • The chance to spend time in hides with one-way glass windows for close-ups views of the natural behaviour of the birds
  • Our expert local guides on hand with tips and advice on making the most of the photo opportunities

Want to add Iberian Lynx to your Spanish wildlife photographs? Have a look at this tour: Iberian Lynx Photography Tour

Alternative tour title: Birdwatching Photography Tour for Spain's raptors and Great Bustards
Day 1
Day 0 - Arrival

Arrival to the accommodation in the afternoon in Arribes de Duero. We kindly ask to be check in the accommodation before 20:00 or let us know in advance.

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.

Day 2
Day 1- Bonelli's Eagle aera

Meeting our guide after your breakfast.

We will combine birding from the guide’s car with short easy walks. A lunch time spot is also foreseen in this program.

Main birds in the first day: Bonelli’s Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Red Kite, Dupont’s Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Spanish Sparrow.

Day 3
Day 2 - Golden Eagle area

Meeting our guide after your breakfast.

We will combine birding from the guide’s car with short easy walks. A lunch time spot is also foreseen in this program.

Main birds in the second day: Blue Rock Thrush, Azzure-winged Magpie, Black shoulder Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Darford Warbler, Black Wheatear, Black Stork, Black-eared Wheatear.

Day 4
Day 3- Vultures area

Meeting our guide after your breakfast.

We will feed the Vultures according with our supplementary feeding program, what allows us to watch impressive species like Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Red Kite, Black Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Buzzard and other.

Then in the afternoon we will move to the next area.

Day 5
Day 4. Villafáfila steppe lands

Meeting our guide after your breakfast.

In our 4th day we will focus in steppe land birds: Great Bustard (displaying from late March to early May), Little Bustard, Short eared Owl, White Stork, Montagu’s Harrier, Calandra Lark, Lesser Kestrel, Black bellied Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew, or Hen Harrier.

Day 6
Day 5 - Villafáfila lagoon.

We will take the whole way around the lagoon for taking thebest in waterfolw (Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Wigeon), Gull-billed Tern, White Stork, Avocet, etc.

afternoon free to drive to the ariport.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Great Bustard, Bonelli’s Eagle, Golden Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture, Short-eared Owl, White Stork, Black Stork.

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 from the airport
  • 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”
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  1. Great Photography Tour
    John Chapman10 May 2021
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    Last July, I traveled to Miranda do Douro and photographed bonellis and golden eagles, as well as visiting vulture hides. Carlos was a wonderful guide who was both knowledgeable and helpful. This was my first visit, and I would surely return after Covid is gone. The best three days in years

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Why book with Photo Logistics?

Photo Logistics is a professional travel agency run by wildlife specialists. What does it mean? That we are able to arrange your entire holidays as you would do as wildlife fans. Everything: accommodation, transfers, devoted guides.... just grab your binoculars and enjoy!

Why we need to change the accommodation during the trip?

Castilla y León is a vast region. In fact bigger than some countries in Europe. So, in order to take advantage of your trip we will book the closest accommodation to your birding places. We design the trips avoiding those movements that make no sense.

Do you include the meals?

Yes, Dinner and Breakfast is included

Why do you offer photo hides?

Here we are showing up a birding trip. But we are wildlife photographers. If we are able to put a Bonelli's Eagle or a Great Bustard at 10 meters from you, imagine what can we do with a pair of binoculars! But, if you wish to go further, we are not going to stop you. Come in a hide and experience being so close to amazing birds.

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Tour Facts

  • Villafáfila and Arribes del Duero (Zamora, Castilla y León, Spain)
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • From 1px to 4 px
  • 5 Days
  • March To May
  • +18 years
  • Leisurely
  • Yes
  • English, Spanish
  • Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport
  • Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport