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Birding Valencia Alicante: Wetlands, Steppes and Raptors

During the 5-day Birding Valencia Alicante tour we will visit the best birding place of East Spain. Some of our targets, include top raptors such as Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle and Griffon Vulture. We will combine all king of habitats, visiting marshland to find Red-knobbed Coot, White-headed DuckPurple swamp-hen, Bluethroath and Moustached Warbler, forest which hold  Crested Tit and Rock Bunting and steppes where Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew and both species of Bustards can be found.

Depending of the season, our experienced guides with wide knowledge of the region will help to find the most difficult birds such as Trumpet Finch, Olivaceus Warbler, Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin, Montagu’s Harrier, Eagle Owl, etc. Furthermore, you will be located in Oliva in a rural hotel surrounded by the marshes.

 

Day 1: Valencia airport- Birding Valencia Alicante (Albufera Natural Park)

 

Birding Valencia AlicanteWelcome to Valencia airport before we head to the Albufera Natural Park. We will stop 25 minutes later in order to see one of the reserves of this significant site designated as a Zone of Special Protection for Birds as well as an important Ramsar wetland.

After we have a picnic in the visitor center, we will go around the 14.000 ha of rice fields where species such as Squacco Heron, Great-white Egret, Purple Heron, Night Heron, Great Reed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler and Black-winged Stilt can be seen. It is also a great place to see the breeding colonies of Audouin’s and Mediterranean Gull, Common and Little Tern and Collared Pratincole. We also expect to see a good number of migrant waders (Plovers, Dunlins, Stints, Sandpipers, etc) and raptors such as Booted and Short-toed Eagle. In the evening we will check-in our hotel in Oliva. After dinner, we will set off to look for owls (Barn, Scoops and Eagle) and Red-necked nightjars (optional).

 

Day 2. Birding Valencia Alicante (El Hondo, Salinas de Santa Pola and Monnegre)

 

Rufous-tailed Scrub-RobinToday we will be birding in the Alicante province. Our first stop, will be in el Monnegre where we look out for Black Wheatear, Bee-eater, Blue-Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Rock Sparrow, Bonelli’s Eagle and the rare Rufous bush Chat. Later, we will stop in the Salinas de Santa Pola Natural Park where we should see species such as Mediterranean Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Avocet, Greater Flamingo and a great number of waders. Once we have had lunch, we will head to the Hondo Natural Park, home of White-headed Ducks, Red-crested Pochard, Marbled Duck, Rollers and Bearded Reedling.

In the evening we will drive back to our hotel in Oliva.

 

 

 

Day 3. Birding Valencia Alicante (Steppe birds in  Albacete)

 

Birding Valencia AlicanteToday, we will be birding in the Albacete province, but before we reach it, we will stop in a local area where Spectacled Warbler have been breeding during the last years. Once we reach the Albacete province, we will stop in the lagoons scattered among the steppes to see species such as: Black-necked Grebe, Kentish Plover, Whiskered Tern, Marsh Harrier, White-headed Duck, and a good number of migrants. Then, we will drive around the well-preserved farmland areas where we should see Great and Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Calandra Lark, Thekla Lark, Short-toed Lark and Corn Bunting. In this area Pin-Tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse are also seen. In the evening we will set off to our hotel in Oliva.

 

 

 

 

Day 4. Birding Valencia Alicante (Pego Marshes and Seawatching)

We will head to Pego Marshes to see how local conservationist ring passerines in order to study them. It will be a perfect opportunity to see the small and sometimes elusive Moustached and Savi’s Warbler. Then, we will make a short stop to see Olivaceus Warbler. After lunch we will  set off to the Alicante mountains to look for Orphean WarblerGolden Oriole, Golden Eagle, Red-billed Chough, Bonelli’s Warbler, Crossbills, Firecrest and Crested Tit. Night in Gandia Beach.

 

Day 5. Birding Valencia Alicante (Alicante mountains and Monnegre)

After breakfast we will head to the mountains of Alicante where we hope to see Alpine Accentor, Griffon Vultures, Crested Tit, Black wheatear, Hawfinch, Red-billed Chough, Woodlarck, etc. Later, our next stop will be the desert-like landscape of Monnegre. There, will look for Crested Lark, Rock Thrush, Trumpet finches, Rock Sparrows and butterflies.

 

Day 6. Birding Valencia Alicante (Orchids and mammals day)

Today we will be looking for early orchids and flowers such as Mirror Orchid, Sombre bee Orchid, Sawfly orchid, Giant Orchid or the endemic Ophrys dianica. On the evening we will head inland to wait until gets dark and the Genet comes to visit us. It is an exceptional opportunity to see this impressive nocturnal carnivorous.

 

Day 7. Birding Valencia Alicante

Time to pack up our luggage and head back to the Valencia airport after this memorable Birding Valencia Alicante tour through the rich wildlife in the Mediterranean wetlands and steppes.

 

 
The itinerary might vary depending on the airport you arrive. Many of the species mentioned are seeing during early spring. For more information about the targets in other time of the year, please contact us.
Price of the Birding Valencia Alicante tour:

900 €/people (4-6 people)

1 person- 3 people, please contact us.

Single supplement: 120 €

 

What is included:
– Travel from Valencia or Alicante airport in modern, fully seat belted, air conditioned vehicles
– 6 Nights accommodation in a rural hotel
– All meals included breakfast, picnic, traditional Spanish dinners.
– Tour guided by a professional bird guide
– Basic travel insurance
– Fuel 

 

What is not included:

– Air fare (Low cost companies operate daily flights to Valencia from several European airports)
– Drinks and other items of a personal nature

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