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Outline itinerary

Day 1Madrid - Trujillo
Day 2Trujillo (Vegas Bajas en Casas de Hito)
Day 3Trujillo (steppen)
Day 4Trujillo (Monfragüe)
Day 5Trujillo (steppen en dehesas)
Day 6Trujillo - El Rocio
Day 7El Rocio (omgeving)
Day 8El Rocio (Cerrado Garrido en NP Coto Doñana)
Day 9El Rocio (Odiel)
Day 10El Rocio - Sevilla

Included

All accommodation, all meals, local transport, local guide, jeep safari in the Coto Doñana. Tour price is Madrid / Sevilla

Not included

International flight, airport taxes, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

Extra

Single room supplement EUR 295.-

Price

EUR 1895,-

Tour leader

Godfried Schreur

Number of participants

Minimum 6, Maximum 14

Accommodation

Mid-range hotels with private toilet and bathroom

Difficulty level of the tour

Generally short hikes

Climate

Variable spring weather with occasional rain showers. Temperature is in general between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius

Spain, Extremadura and Coto Doñana

Reisroute Spanje Extremadura en Coto Donana
Duration:10 days
Departure:03-04-2018
Price: EUR 1895,-
Tour leader:Godfried Schreur
Code: G18032

The combination of Extremadura and Coto Doñana, two top birding spots in Spain, guarantees a wonderful mix of both landscapes and great birds! In the south-west of Spain spring is already well on its way. It is a very dynamic time with many migratory birds coming and going. The steppe birds, which are present year round, are already warming up for their courtship season and migratory birds such as Black Stork, Short-toed Snake Eagle and Griffon Vulture are already back from their wintering grounds in Africa. In mid-March there are even European Bee-eaters present in Doñana, while in Extremadura winter visitors are still present. So we will have the best of both worlds! At Coto Doñana we will make an exclusive Land Rover excursion with an expert local guide through parts of the National Park that are closed to the general public. This promises to be one of the (many) highlights of this trip.

The first day in Extremadura is focussed on finding one of the specialties of the area, Black-winged Kite. The next day we will visit the typical habitats of Extremadura: the steppes, the dehesas (‘tree meadows’) and the low elevation mountains of Monfragüe National Park. In the steppes we look out for bustards. The males of both Great and Little Bustard are preparing for courtship this time of year. We also try to find other typical steppe species such as Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Eurasian Stone-curlew, Great Spotted Cuckoo and Calandra Lark. The dehesas should produce species like Iberian Magpie, Eurasian Hoopoe, Iberian Grey Shrike and Cirl Bunting. The famous Monfragüe cliff is packed with birds of prey: it is the main stronghold of Cinereous Vulture in Europe. At the very scenic lookout at Peña Falcón we also hope to find five species of eagles (among them the endemic Spanish Imperial Eagle), Egyptian and Griffon Vultures, two kinds of kites and possibly the powerful Eurasian Eagle Owl. The Black Storks are already sitting on their nest and with some luck we may even see an Otter. In Extremadura alone it is possible to find around 18 species of raptors in this time of year.
The transfer of Extremadura to Doñana – over a new very nice highway – will be ‘interrupted’ several times for bird stops such as the one in Mérida. From the Roman bridge in Mérida we can see three species of swifts, as well as Barn Swallows, House and Rock Martin and Red-rumped Swallows. We may also see a Black-crowned Night Heron or Little Bittern in the Guadiana river.
During our visit to the Coto Doñana we will be staying in the authentic village of El Rocío that consists entirely of loose sand paths, which give the hamlet a real cowboy feel. Right next to the village there is a shallow tidal lake that is part of the delta of the Guadalquivir river. Here there are thousands of water birds such as Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Western Swamphen and many species of ducks and waders. In this area we are looking for European Bee-eaters and Woodchat Shrikes. On the day of the Land Rover excursion we will be out very early in the Mediterranean forest of the national park. Here we stand a small chance seeing the endangered Iberian Lynx. After the tour we will visit the visitor centre Juan Antonio Valverde, which offers great views of a breeding colony of Glossy Ibis. In addition, we search for some specialties of the area such as Marbled Duck, Red-knobbed Coot and Lesser Short-toed Lark. The last day is dedicated to the gulls, terns and seabirds when we visit National Park Odiel. Audouin’s and Slender-billed Gull and Caspian Tern are among the possibilities here. Gannets can be seen hunting at sea. After a last night in El Rocío we leave for Sevilla where our tour ends.

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