4 Days BIRDING TOUR (spring/summer 2017)

“BIRD LIFE IN MURCIA”

A natural experience in the Southeast Iberian

Dates: April, May, June, July, August. September

Price:  350 Euros

Duration: 3 days / 4 nights

Minimum 2 people (Single supplement: 80 euros)

The Region of Murcia is one of the most unknown natural  territories in Spain. It has avifauna not seen in other parts of Europe and a variety of ecosystems that evoke other parts of the world.

3 DAYS OF ORNITHOLOGICAL WALKS

Day 1: Welcome and transfer:

Airport transfer or point of meeting and reception at rural housing. Depending on arrival time there may be an opportunity to partake in other activities to complete the day. You can  choose from: watching flamingos, visit a museum ethnographic or stroll through the historic center of Cartagena.

Day 2: The Steppe and Wetlands of the Southeast:

In the morning, first thing, we will go to the plains of  the Region of Murcia. These plains are a landscape mosaic which mixes a variety of habitats, crops traditional farming, intensive agriculture, small forest Aleppo pine, river beds and  steppes saline (salt marshes) and small wetland allows the presence of a large amount of birds which nest in the area: Little Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Roller, Bee-eater, Lesser Kestrel, Rock Sparow, Jackdaw, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Night Heron, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Stone Curlew, Little Owl, Montagu’s Harrier and numerous birds or prey with their hunting grounds here. In the afternoon, we enter further into the interior of the region to visit some of the Murcian wetlands, here some of the most interesting birds breed: White-headed duck, Black-winged Stilt, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Black-necked Grebe  and the Purple Gallinule.

Day 3: Bonelli Eagle Territories:

We will visit one of the densest areas of Bonelli’s Eagles in the European continent in search of more birds of prey representative of the Mediterranean. The coastal mountains and pre-littoral are also an ideal habitat for the Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Eagle Owl, Little Owl, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-eared Wheatear, Black wheatear, Red-rumped swallow, Alpine Swift, Crag Martinand Chough. Cliff-nesting birds will be the main objective of this route that takes us to places known to most. This area retains much of the culture and traditional lands of the southeast.

Day 4: The Ravines of the Griffon Vulture:

On our last day we will visit the southwest sector of the Region of Murcia, another little-known territory that retains some of the best scenery in the southeast. An area with very low density population where the Griffon Vultures (pricipal objective of this route) fly over the vast fields of grain, the vast forests of pine and narrow river canyons of this lonely landscape. Other raptors such as Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Golden Eagle and Lesser Kestrel are easy to observe in the area, also here  not to difficult to observe are the Common Shrike, Ratchet,  Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, Bee-eater and the other small and medium species typical of southeastern Iberian.

PRICE INCLUDES:

– Transfer from airport or accommodation.
– 4 nights accommodation and breakfasts.
– Transportation on trips
– Service ornithological guides.

NOT INCLUDED:

– Air Flight
– Drinks and other personal finances.
– Personal Insurance

NOTE:

– The tours combine traveling in vehicles of the project with short journeys on foot and observation from fixed points.

– The price shall be paid upon arrival at the accommodation.

For more information see our booking section or please contact us at:

birdingmurcia@gmail.com

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