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Spain is among the most popular birding destinations in Europe. Our journey through the country's heartland will take us first to the bird-rich lagunas of La Mancha and the National Park of Tablas de Daimiel, where Eurasian Penduline-Tit, Bearded Reedling, Montagu's Harrier, Collared Pratincole, and the endangered White-headed Duck nest. Then we'll travel south to the Parque Natural de Sierra de Andujar where we will search for the endangered Iberian Lynx, Spanish Imperial Eagle, and the Iberian Magpie. After a cultural visit to the impressive Mezquita of Cordoba we will drive west to the magnificent Parque Nacional de Donana (Coto Donana), one of the largest and most important wetlands in Europe, covering an area of almost half a million acres, where Greater Flamingo, Western Swamphen, Audouin's and Slender-billed gulls, and Red-crested Pochard are among the exciting possibilities.
From Donana we'll venture north to wildest Extremadura and the unique Spanish steppes—a harsh land of wide, rolling plains and rugged sierras, birthplace of the conquistadors and a stronghold of the spectacular Great Bustard. Nowhere else in Europe do birds of prey breed in such numbers or such variety. Species to look for include the immense Cinereous (Black) Vulture and Eurasian Griffon, the elusive Eurasian Eagle-Owl, and the locally rare Black-winged Kite, while many other fast-declining species are also dependent on the survival of this disappearing habitat.
We'll finish up in the beautiful Sierra de Gredos, where we'll stay at a lovely parador with Western Bonelli's Warbler, Citril Finch, and a number of other birds as possibilities.
Canary Islands Extension 2023
We offer a Canary Islands Extension visiting four islands for a number of species and subspecies endemic to Macaronesia. More details on the extension are available in the itinerary.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"A good experience. Lots of birds and very agreeable company. This tour had good range--shore to high plains to mountains--and the tour leaders, Chris Benesh and Godfried Schreur, were what I expected, i.e. good company who know their birds (and butterflies, and lizards and plants and ...). I would definitely travel with them again. Office service was good, as expected. Field Guides is well organized, which is why I use it." M.M., SPAIN 2019
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2022 sample (PDF)
- 2023 (PDF expected Aug 2022)
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2024, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Apr 29 - May 11, 2023
Guided by: Godfried Schreur
Tour Manager: Ruth Kuhl
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Provisionally full; waitlist available - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2022=$4875
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Apr 27 - May 9, 2024
Tour Manager: TBA
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2022=$4875
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Enjoy looking through the 3 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!