Benidorm is widely known for its long beaches, warm weather and skyscrapers. Most of the holiday tours departing from Benidorm are mainly focus in sightseeing the city and nearby towns like Guadalest. However, there are a lot of Benidorm birding tours and wildlife watching options (less than one hour drive) and that is what we want to propose you. For instance, if you go North, in the border with Valencia province is located the Natural Park of Pego Marshes and the surrounding mountains. Inland of Benidorm, you will find the wonderful Aitana mountain, which is the highest of Alicante with 1558 masl. This is a perfect place for botanising, birding and enjoying butterflies.
In the South of Benidorm there are two stunning birding places, El Fondo de Elche and the Salt Pans of Santa Pola. Very close from Alicante is found el Monnegre, it a very dry area with very interesting species such as Trompet Finch or Black Weather. Finally, the mountains around Alcoi offers a good chance for Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle and Bonelli’s Eagle.
Following, I am writing a short birding trip report from today:
After greeting Joe and his two friends we set off to the Salt Pans of Santa Pola. I was aware that they were very keen photographers, so I put together a slightly different tour with good chances of photographing birds. As we pulled over the car in the Salinas, the elegant Slender-Billed Gull approached. We took advantage of the bird soaring to get some nice pictures. In addition, Turnstones, Black Winged Stilts, Spoonbills, Great White Egrets, Greater Flamingos, Shelducks and Water Pipits were also seen. Our second stop in the Salinas, revealed Siskin (it has been a good winter), Dunlins, Little Stint, Black Redstar, Red and Greenshank. In the nearby pines, Iberian Green Woodpecker screamed.
Before lunch, we drove to El Fondo to witness 200+ White headed Ducks, a Red-knobbed Coot from the restocking programme, 150+ Black-necked Grebes, a Penduline Tit, a Purple Swamp-hen and other common birds. Then, after lunch and coffee we drove around the farmland to get some more birds such as Iberian Grey Shrike, Booted Eagle, a solitary Crane and a more than likely Spotted Eagle. Unfortunately, a bit far the last one, but fitted rightly with its jizz.
Tomorrow, we will continue this birding and photography tour and hopefully we will get Alpine Accentor (photo above), Ring Ouzel and Brambling.
All in all, a good variety of wildlife to see while you are in Benidorm.
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