A half-day birding walk through the wetland in the west of the National Park of Doñana in the province of Huelva. On that side of the Park, participants will do a 7-kilometre hike to visit El Rocio and the river La Rocina which enters the “Marsh Mother”, an astonishing birding spot when it is wet.
Meet your guide at El Rocio or arrange a hotel pick-up to do a private birdwatching walk along the edge of the freshwater marshes to get an extensive checklist including lots of water birds such as herons, storks, spoonbills, flamingos, ducks and shorebirds. But we should not keep our eyes down on the water all the time, as the mostly-ever blue sky is frequently crossed by birds of prey including harriers, kites, vultures and even the scarce Spanish Imperial Eagle sometimes.
Your local expert will introduce you not only to the birds of Doñana but also to the history and local traditions of El Rocio, a western-like town where the Pilgrimage Festival takes place, one of the most renown events in Spain that congregates over a million people there by Penthecost to celebrate the procession of the Madonna.
Another part of our walk goes through the beautiful pine forest of La Rocina, which boardwalk connects several bird hides that overview the river, where swamphens and ibis are easy to spot. In the spring, this is one of the best places to get close shots of Squacco and Purple Herons, with Crested Tits and Iberian Chiffchaffs singing along on the background.
This walking guided tour takes place in public sites of the National Park but the company of your local expert makes the experience unforgettable.
- Best introduction to Doñana National Park by a local expert.
- We cross two main habitats: wetland and forest.
- Extensive bird checklist.
- We know the origins of the very picturesque town of El Rocio.
- All levels welcome. We adapt the pace of the walk and our speech to your requirements.
How does birdwatching in the Andalucian countryside sound? If it is something you might be interested in then please check out The Countryside Bird Watching Trip, Andalucía, Spain.