Bird Watching & Scenic Day Tours in Lagunas de Campillos
An adventure that incorporates mountains, steppe and lagoons. A wide range of species and wonderful scenery make this day tour a favourite for visitors to the area.
From mountains to lagoons……
A typical day for visiting the Lagunas de Campillos and Fuente de Piedra begins with our journey from our base near to Ronda or our a rendezvous at a pre-arranged meeting point. The contrast in scenery and wildlife is very spectacular, travelling over mountains and eventually arriving to the rolling hills and flat basin that surrounds Fuente de Piedra. The lake is huge, measuring some 6 kilometres long and 3 kilometres wide, it is considered one of the largest natural lagoons in Spain. Due to the salinity of the water here, Greater Flamingo choose to breed in massive numbers, at their peak numbers can exceed 30,000 and so making this the largest breeding colony in Europe. There are other lagoons in the area and depending on water levels, these can hold such sought after species as White-headed Duck and Marbled Teal, as well as the beautiful Red-crested Pochard.
Migrating birds are also a feature here and virtually anything can turn-up, including large concentrations of raptors and also wading birds. The area in summer is very good for some specialist steppe birds including Montagu’s Harrier, Calandra and Short-toed Lark, Little Bustard and the elusive Roller. Along with the ever present Greater Flamingo, Black-necked Grebe is common and occasionally Red-knobbed Coot is seen. Gull-billed Tern are common breeding birds and Whiskered Tern are also in the area, with Black Tern common migrants. Rarities include Lesser Flamingo and White-winged Black Tern, although the list is endless as the area annually attracts so many rarities!
So for a change of route and an entirely different experience, why not accompany Peter to this most rewarding and spectacular area?
Journey time from Ronda to Fuente de Piedra is approximately 45 minutes, so allow time for an earluer collection from your accommodation. Of course our journey might take longer should we see anything of particular interest along our route, such as Bonelli's Eagle!
Price details Day – Tour: Lagunas de Campillos and Fuente de Piedra
Every day, 7 days a week, all year round subject to availability
From 09.30 am to 16.00 pm. Longer hours by arrangement.
Standard Day Tour: 175 Euro minimum charge for up to 3 persons, 45 Euro per each extra person (maximum 4 persons)
Private tours: Exclusive private tours minimum price of 185 Euro per day by arrangement (price based on up to 3 persons).
Important note: In addition to the above a fuel surcharge applies to this route of 25 Euro total
Free collection from your accommodation in the Ronda area (15km radius), transport, use of telescope
Costs for lunch and drinks. Meal time stop over at a "local" Restaurant.
Minimum 3 or 175 Euro, maximum 4 fellow travellers. Larger groups by prior arrangement
Private and exclusive tours by special arrangement only (see prices above)
Why choose a day trip with Spanish Nature?
- A highly personalised guided birding tour with a birding guide who enjoys the subject as much as you.
- Through experienced guide, go straight to where the birds are, no wasted time!
- Limited numbers of clients each day gives you the attention of the birding guide.
- Expert or beginners welcomed.
- Stopovers in any of the villages by majority consent!
- Extra time added where requested by the majority of those on tour.
Note: Photography tours can be accommodated by special arrangement.
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