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13 Sep

Please find a selection of our wildlife trip reports in Spain.

Canary islands

30 March – 5 April 2018 Wildlife trip to Tenerife and Fuerteventura NEW

Picos de Europa 

30 August – 6 September 2016 Spanish Carnivorous (Iberian Wolf, Wildcat and Brown Bear)

4 -10 July 2016 Focus on butterflies and birds. Download pdf version here

Local Tours (Alicante, Valencia and Albacete)

10-14 May 2018. 5-birding days in East Spain check list NEW

15-19 November 2017 Birding in East Spain

January 2017 El Fondo, Santa Pola, Monnegre and Alicante mountains

17-18 November 2016 Genet and Steppes of Albacete

22 May 2016 Great Bustard tour-Steppes of Albacete

29 April-1 May 2016 Málaga and Granada

19 April Costa Blanca 2016-Alicante

July Costa Blanca 2015-Alicante

30 November 2015-Alicante

22 December 2015-Valencia

10 September 2014-Valencia

Extremadura

13-17 March 2016 download in pdf here

22-30 April 2018 Extremadura and Coto Doñana check list NEW

Iberian Lynx

February 2017 with 2 days birding in Málaga and Granada

Christmas 2016-17

Christmas 2015-16

Christmas 2014-2015

Granada and Tarifa

July 2018 Butterflies and birds in Sierra Nevada NEW

8-12 October 2015

The Grand Tour

May 2018 8 day birding in La Mancha, Madrid and the Pyrenees NEW

5-17 May 2015 13 day birding dowload in pdf here

Sierra de Guara

1-5 April 2015

Gallocanta

15-16 November

Doñana

Doñana 7-9th Feb 2017

Andalucia in Winter (Granada, Málaga and Doñana) Nov 2016

June 2014

14-17 March 2014

La Mancha

29 May-4 June

Spanish Pyrenees

25-29 May 2013 download in pdf here


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07 Jan

Wildcat and brown bear tour report from August 30th-September 4th.

 

Day 1. Asturias airport – Somiedo (Wildcat and Brown bear tour report)

 

Mike, Ron, Lisa and Sandra arrive on time from London Stansted airport. As the weather is sunny with a beautiful blue sky, we decide to grab some lunch and have it in el Playon de Bayas, one of the most beautiful coastal reaches of Asturias. There we see our first birds, Shag, Yellow-legged Gull, Grey Heron and a Peregrin Falcon. After lunch, we go for a stroll seeing Northern Wheatear, Stonechat and Serins.

Around 2:00 p.m, we set off to the Natural Park of Somiedo. After check-in in our hotel in Pola de Somiedo we drive to our first brown bear stakeout. Pau is informed that a mother bear and her cub have been reported the previous evening in la Peral, so we go straight there. The weather is fantastic so we have to make use of it and try to locate the bears. Around 5:00 p.m. Pau says “I got them”. Both, mother and the cub are walking peacefully in a rocky slope, about 1,5 km from where we are. Fantastic! The 5 of us get wonderful views of the bears. A gaggle of vans stop to check what we were seeing. On the sky, Common Buzzards and Griffon Vultures soar in the crests.

After this good start, we drive back to the hotel to have an early dinner. The party has got up early in the morning and they deserve a rest.

 

Day 2. Somiedo (Wildcat and Brown bear tour report)

 

We check out la Peral first thing in the morning but the clouds have showed up and it is impossible to see anything in the peaks. We move down the valley to La Melva for a walk. There we find Coal, Crested and Great Tit and an approachable Firecrest. Some butterflies include Scarce and Swallowtail, Cardinal and whites. Mike spots a Southern Chamois in the hillside right in front of us. Later, once we are back to the car, Pau sets the scope and finds 6 more Southern Chamois. Around mid afternoon the sky darks and rains heavily. Time to go back to the hotel. On the way, we find an almost tame Red Fox who has been in the area for some time.

 

Day 3. Somiedo (Wildcat and Brown bear tour report)

 

After breakfast we set off to el Valle del Lago for a nice walk in a glacial valley. Rock Bunting and Yellowhammer are perched on the scrubs and Raven, Red Kites and Red-billed Chough fly above us. Later, once the sky clears we move to El Llamardal where we start our second stakeout. Pau finds a Roe deer grazing in a near field and Lisa 2 Honey Buzzards. While we have picnic, Pau jumps and gets its scope, a Wildcat hunting voles in a nearby field!! Superb! We enjoy the cat for 10 minutes before it hides in the bushes. Then, we walk through a local path searching the hills for more wildlife: Red-backed Shrike, Subalpine Warbler, Bullfinch, Iberian Chiffchaff and Water Pipit are seen.

 

Day 4. Somiedo (Wildcat and Brown bear tour report)

 

Today is our full last day and Pau wants to try another area for bears. We head close to la Rebollada. Soon after we get there, a huge male bear is seen for few minutes in an orchard feeding on rotten apples and vegetables. What a start! We walk a bit to try to relocate it and we found some colleagues from the FOP (Brown Bear Foundation), apparently the bear has been in the area for few days. We stay in the area until lunch time, hoping to see this wonderful mammal again. While we have lunch we see some birds such as: Woodchat Shrike, Short-toed Treecreeper, Spotted and Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and common finches.

After lunch we drive to La Peral for our last stakeout. The afternoon is quiet, just the chat of various dozens of people congregate in the same area. When we were thinking to go back to the hotel, someone says “Gato montés”, a Wildcat has been spotted in the fields below. The feline walks slowly along the edge and soon disappears.  The weather has been good and that has helped us to get great views of our two main targets.

 

Day 5. Somiedo-Asturias airport (Wildcat and Brown bear tour report)

 

We depart this stunningly beautiful part of Spain seeing Black Kites and two dippers in the river Somiedo on the way to the airport. Mike, Ron, Lisa and Sandra are over the moon (as well as me), not only for all the wildlife we have seen but also for the beauty of the mountains.


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