6 Days BIRDING TOUR (spring/summer 2017)

“WILD SOUTHEAST SPAIN”

A natural experience in the Southeast Iberian

Dates: April, May, June, July, August, September
Price: 600 euros

Duration: 5 days / 6 nights

A minimum two persons (single suplement: 120 €)

The Region of Murcia is one of the most unknown territories of nature in Spain. But has birds seldom seen elsewhere in Europe and a great variety of ecosystems that evoke other parts of the world.

FIVE DAYS OF BIRDWATCHING TOURS

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 Territories of the Bonelli’s Eagle.

We will visit one of the densest areas of ‘Bonelli’s Eagle’ in the European continent and search for birds of prey more representative of the Mediterranean. The coastal mountain ranges and coastlines are also ideal habitat for the Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Eagle Owl, Little Owl, Crested & Thekla Lark, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear,  Black-eared Wheatear, Sardinian Warbler, Red-rumped Swallow, Alpine Swift, Crag Martin and the Chough. Spectacular coastal views, and unique landscapes of semiarid climate and endemic flora will be other attractions of this route.

Day 3: Southeast Steppes.

The plains of the interior Murcia region are a mosaic of landscape in which mixes a variety of habitats: traditional agricultural crops, intensive agriculture, small forest’s of Aleppo pine’s, river beds, steppes saline (salt marshes) and small wetlands. This variety of environments allows the presence of a large number of birds that nest in the area: Little Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Thekla Lark, Crested Lark, Roller, Bee-eater, Lesser Kestrel, Jackdaw, Rock Sparow, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Night Heron, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Stone Curlew, Little Owl, Montagu’s Harrier and numerous birds of prey with their hunting grounds here. The route will end at the shores of the Mar Menor where we will go in search of Collared Pratincole, Little Egret and many more!!.

Day 4: The Land of the Hundred Wetlands.

The Southeast Iberian territory is dotted by numerous wetlands of varying sizes and uses, they are hosts to a large community of birds associated with these ecosystems. We will visit some of the most important from the steep reliefs inside the region to the sandy beaches of La Manga del Mar Menor and the Mediterranean sea in search of game as interesting as the White-headed duck, Black-necked  Grebe, Greater Flamingo, Marbled Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Black-winged Stilt, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Purple Gallinule, Collared Pranticole, Kentish Plover or Marsh Harrier.

Dia 5: Raptors of the Centenarian pines.

The mountainous interior of Murcia is developed with extensive pine forests of ancient trees in areas which bring together one of the largest populations of forest raptors of Europe. In their fields and forests of Aleppo pine it is not difficult to see the Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Common Buzzard and possibly the elusive Goshawk. Inside the forest is not difficult to discover the Crested Tit and Short-toed Treecreeper . Continuing our route northward looking in the territories of the Black Kite and European Hobby.

Day 6: The ravines of the Griffon Vulture.

On our last day we will visit the Northwest Region of Murcia, this untouch territory retaining the best scenery in the southeast of Spain. An area with very low population density where they still retain many of the popular traditions of these lands. The principal objective of this route will be observing  Griffon vultures, they have in this sector one of there best breeding colonies. Between fields, forests and thickets of the wide and lonely landscape other wildlife of the region will come to meet us.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Transfer to and from airport to accommodation.
6 nights accommodation and breakfasts .
Transportation for trips
Ornithological guide service.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

Air fare
Drinks and other items or personnel nature
Personal travel insurance

NOTES:

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

– Price to be payed on arrival at accommodation

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