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The Company for Quality Birding Holidays
Spanish Nature are different from other Companies offering birding Holidays on the following important points:
High quality and comfort of accommodation, food, transport and all other aspects of the tour are as important to us as the birding itself.
We provide alternative programs. Spanish Nature understands that when a couple travel together, sometimes one has less interest in the actual birding and prefers to enjoy other aspects of the visited holiday destination.
Travelling together as friends, this is our philosophy, because we want to enjoy the tour as much as you and we also want to be an integral part of the group.
Our birding guides are of an extremely high standard, maybe this is not necessary to say, but of course we want to assure you, that you will really see all possible birds.
Spain - Photographers Paradise
Bird photography in spain offers stunning geographical diversity from lush meadows, green valleys, hills and snowy mountains in the Northern regions to almost desert zones in the South. This diversity of landscapes adds to the wealth of interesting and exciting bird species both endemic and migratory.
For this tour, completely designed for photographers, we have chosen Andalucía. This is the most southerly province in Spain and one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. It is a province rich in wildlife diversity, history and culture from the Phoenicians to the Spanish Civil War. It is the home of flamenco and bull fighting traditions and was the most favoured area in Spain for such characters as Hemingway and Orson Welles. Due to an extremely pleasant climate, its natural beauty, as well as exquisite cuisine, Andalucía is one of the most attractive areas on the Mediterranean.
As a meeting point of Europe and Africa, Andalucía offers a very impressive variety of unusual fauna and flora. Here the normally mild Mediterranean clashes, in the famous Strait of Gibraltar, with the wild and unpredictable Atlantic Ocean forming large salty lagoons and wide rivers. Extensive forests, open cultivated plains, olive trees, oaks, pinsapo (Spanish) firs, high cliffs, secluded beaches and the most important sand dunes and marshes in Europe can be found in this region. The highest mountain ranges in all of Iberia are also found here, climbing to more than 12,000 feet above sea level.
To participate in this tour you can choose from two options:
Option 1: The group exists of 4 - 6 fellow photographers. The group is lead by an Experienced Bird Guide who will find and show you the birds. A laptop is available to download the photos and to comment on the results with the other participants in the evening.
Option 2: As option 1, in addition to an Experienced Bird Guide, a Professional Wildlife Photographer will be present all the time, giving instruction and lead workshops. For details see For the professional
Price details Birding Tour 7 nights - 8 days
22th - 29th of April 2017
250 Euro Single supplement.
250 Euro p.p.
Airport transfers (from Airport Málaga), all accommodation, all meals, transport and full-time guiding
Flights, insurance and personal costs.
Minimum 4, maximum 6 fellow travellers
Tourleader and Birding guide: Peter Jones
Professional Wildlife Photographer: David Hemmings
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For the photographer the (early) mornings and afternoons are the best moments of the day. We have planned the Itinerary in a way that we are using the time between 12h00 and 16h00 not only for lunch but also to travel from one place to another. This gives us the opportunity to make best use for Photography during the best moments of the day.
A consice 7 nights/8 days Tour Itinerary at a glance
Day 1 - Málaga - Arrival, the Guadalhorce Estuary
Day 2 - Fuente de Piedra - Guadalhorce Estuary, Lagoons of Fuente de Piedra
Day 3 - El Rocio - Lagoons of Fuente de Piedra, National Park La Doñana
Day 4 - El Rocio - National Park La Doñana
Day 5 - Barbate - National Park La Doñana, Strait of Gibraltar area
Day 6 - Ronda - Strait of Gibraltar area, Serrania de Ronda
Day 7 - Ronda - Serrania de Ronda
Day 8 - Departure
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For this tour in Andalucía we will visit several hand-picked areas in order to maximize our birding and photographic opportunities.
As we arrive at Malaga airport and spend our first night in this historic city, a visit to the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve promises to get us off to a great start. High on our list of target birds here will be White-headed Duck. The reserve is located in the small wetland area bordering the Mediterranean, where the Guadalhorce River enters the sea. There are a number of hides which allow us to view various small lagoons in search of opportunities to photograph bird species such as Avocet, White-headed Duck and hopefully a few other waders. We will repeat our visit on our first morning, hoping to get some seabirds close to our viewing points, before proceeding to our second site the inland lake at Fuente de Piedra.
Fuente de Piedra, after average winter rainfall, provides a home for in excess of 30,000 Greater Flamingo and is now the main breeding site for this species in Europe. It is a large lagoon, but shallow with small scrapes around the western edge, where we might find waders at close quarters. Certainly we will see both Avocet and Black-winged Stilt within camera range, but we are also likely to witness spring migration for other waders, many in summer plumage, such as Curlew Sandpiper and Godwits. Gull and Tern species should be present in good numbers and duck should be present with Red-crested Pochard and Garganey both target birds. There are hides around the lagoon, but gentle walks will normally give better opportunities of getting closer to many species.
Doñana National Park, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Here in these wetlands such endangered species as the endemic Spanish Imperial Eagle and the emblematic Spanish Lynx maintain a foothold and are complimented by a wonderful variety of wading and water birds. The large breeding colonies of various heron species such as Squacco Heron and Purple Heron make this ‘a must visit area’ in spring. We will be able to visit several sites with hides and will also do gentle walks. Apart from water birds a target species is Azure-winged Magpie.
Europe and Africa are separated by only 14kms of ocean at the Strait of Gibraltar’s narrowest point and for millions of years this has served as a short and natural crossing point for thousands of birds during autumn and spring migration periods. Most impressive of the birds crossing the Straits are the many thousands of raptors, but other birds such as European Bee eater are expected to be seen in good numbers. We will visit the salt pans at Barbate, the wetland area known as La Janda and also strategic watch points for raptors.
The last area we will visit during this tour is The Serranía de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema. This area is unique and an important area for European birds. Not only is the area rich in breeding species, some four different species of eagle nest here, but also because of its’ close proximity to the Straits of Gibraltar. It is an extremely important feeding area for migrant birds.
Here we will look for interesting mountain species as Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Choughs. It is also a good place to observe, from hides by feeding stations, the different raptors such as Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture and sometimes the Ruppell's Vulture
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For the Professional
David Hemmings is one of the world’s top professional photographers in bird portrait and flight photography. Please have a look at his impressive website. We are very happy that he will be our expert, helping you to bring your Photography knowledge to a higher level.
The Key Learning Objectives are
During the evenings he will lead Digital Workshops for those who wish to participate. We will have image review sessions and talk about techniques and what we can expect to see the next day. In these post processing workshops participants will have ample opportunities to improve skills in Adobe Photoshop. Paricipants can learn how to take their images from straight out-of-the-camera RAW images to stunning final works of art (ready for printing or websites).
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