In the South of Alicante province there are very interesting nature reserves worth to pay a visit. In this day tour, we will search for top birds species at el Hondo de Elche which is one of the best birdwatching places in East Spain. It holds during the breeding season an important population of Squacco, Night and Purple Heron, and Little Bittern. Other interesting species that can be found in the Hondo are: Glossy ibis, Roller, Bee-eater, Short-toed and Lesser Short-toed Lark, Bearded and Penduline tit, Cetti’s, Fan-tailed and Moustached Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Marbled and White-headed Duck and a large number of Flamingos.
During the migrations many waders such as Green, Little and Wood sandpipers, along with Black Tern and Garganey can be observed in el Hondo de Elche. In winter el Hondo de Elche is very good for raptors such as Booted Eagle, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier and Spotted Eagle which have become very regular. Besides, Bluethroat, Cranes and Craig martin are often seen in winter.
In the afternoon we will visit the Salinas de Santa Pola. The area is truly good place to observe Kentish Plover, Slender-billed, Audouin’s and Mediterranean Gull along with Whiskered and Gull-billed Tern. In the winter months Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Spoonbills and Great White Egrets are abundant. In addition, we can not overlook the waders migration which can be impressive.
There is an option of combine one of the two areas with the visit of the Vinalopo River gorge, home of the elusive Trumpet Finch. There, we will also look out for Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Sparrow, Crag Martin, Bee-eater, Black Wheatear and Rock Bunting.
This tour involve no walking difficulties. As the water of el Hondo de Elche reservoir is widely use for watering the surrounding farmland, we do recommend to visit the Hondo from September to June.
Price el Hondo de Elche and Salinas de Santa Pola tour:180-200 €/ 1 people, depending on the meeting point.
No maps or GPS device are allow in this tour.
Extra person 20 €
What is included:
– Travel from a meeting point in Costa Blanca (hotel, rural house, etc.) in modern, fully seat belted, air conditioned vehicle
– Tour guided in English / Spanish by a professional bird guide
– Basic travel insurance
What is not included:
– Air fare (Low cost companies operate daily flights to Valencia from several European airports)
– Drinks, food and other items of a personal nature