Valencia Birding - Guided Bird Watching in Spain http://valenciabirding.com Bird Watching in Valencia Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:59:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Valencia Birding Summer 2014 Bulletin http://valenciabirding.com/2014/08/01/valencia-birding-summer2014-bulletin/ http://valenciabirding.com/2014/08/01/valencia-birding-summer2014-bulletin/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:56:42 +0000 http://valenciabirding.com/?p=3200

It´s hard to believe that we´re already in August! The year so far has been a very busy one and once more, I feel privileged to say that I have met some super clients with whom I´ve shared some very special birding moments. As always, it´s especially gratifying when people make return visits, and the [read more]

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It´s hard to believe that we´re already in August! The year so far has been a very busy one and once more, I feel privileged to say that I have met some super clients with whom I´ve shared some very special birding moments.

As always, it´s especially gratifying when people make return visits, and the year has seen some returning clients who over time have become friends. This year I´ve also been fortunate enough to welcome many clients from beyond Europe, mainly from USA and Canada. More importantly, I´d like to thank everyone for their support and for choosing to spend some time with us. It´s been an absolute pleasure.

Guided bird watching in Valencia
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As for the birding highlights, these can differ greatly depending on the clients´wishes, and target species. For Northern European clients, species such as Collared Pratincole, Great Bustard, Bee Eater and Booted Eagle are often favourites. For clients from outside of Europe, most of our Mediterranean species are usually “new” so the trips are packed with “lifers”.

Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

For me personally, perhaps the highlights have been the “positives” that I´ve seen during the year. This includes increased sightings of endangered species such as White Headed Duck and Purple Swamphen but also new evidence of breeding birds at a couple of my favourite reserves, including Bearded Reedling and Montagu´s Harrier.

Another interesting development is a project that I´m involved with in collaboration with local government to actually promote Valencia as a birding destination. I am proud to say that I now live in this amazing city, and it´s hard to think of a more fascinating destination that has such rich and diverse bird life on it door-step.

Valencia´s Medieval Quarter

Valencia´s Medieval Quarter

For clients who wish to combine a city break with some birding, this city has everything…an enchanting historical quarter, rich culture, superb food, stunning modern architecture and even a beach! For those who are looking for a more rural base in which to stay, Valencia has some stunning Natural Parks within less than one hour drive from the city centre.

Sunset over Albufera de Valencia (P.Gudgeon)

Sunset over Albufera de Valencia (P.Gudgeon)

The birding venues include some of the most important coastal wetlands in the entire Mediterranean, forested mountains, and within an easy drive, the upland steppe and lagoons. These sites provide habitat for an amazingly diverse range of species including countless aquatic birds such as Squacco Heron, Little Bittern and Spoonbill.

Squacco Heron photographed near Valencia.  Image kindly provided by Stacey Bergman

Squacco Heron photographed near Valencia. Image kindly provided by Stacey Bergman

Birds of prey include Booted, Short-Toed and Golden Eagle. Bee-Eater, Flamingo and Hoopoe always win the prize for the most colourful species and always delight. Upland species include Great Bustard, Pin-Tailed Sandgrouse, Black-Bellied Sandgrouse, Calandra Lark and Griffon Vulture.

Booted Eagle

Booted Eagle

Whether it´s a single day-trip or a break that includes accommodation and a few days of birding, we´re always happy to arrange something bespoke. Our philosophy of never mixing groups always ensures that our clients can enjoy an extremely high level of service and flexibility.
Looking ahead to the autumn and winter season, all of our venues offer something special, and the cheaper off-peak flights make Valencia an excellent destination.  For more details, please feel free to contact us.  I do hope to hear from you soon.

David Warrington

David Warrington.

Bird Watching Guide at Valencia Birding

 

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Last week, I had the pleasure of spending a day with a great couple from North Carolina.  They were visiting Spain with friends and had previosuly contacted us to arrange a day of guided birding from the city of Valencia. Having met them in the beautiful historic quarter of Valencia, we made the short journey [read more]

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Last week, I had the pleasure of spending a day with a great couple from North Carolina.  They were visiting Spain with friends and had previosuly contacted us to arrange a day of guided birding from the city of Valencia.

Valencia´s Coastal Wetlands

Valencia´s Coastal Wetlands

Having met them in the beautiful historic quarter of Valencia, we made the short journey to a local coastal wetland reserve where we began the day with a coffee and a chat about our trip and the species that we were hoping to see.

The first coastal lagoons held Pochard, Little Grebe and Coot, whilst the surrounding reed beds gave views of Fan-Tailed Warbler, Reed Warbler and Little Egret.

After a short walk along the coast, we were fortunate enough to enjoy great views of Collared Pratincole, Black Winged Stilt, Avocet, Purple Heron and Little Ringed Plover.

Black Winged Stilt & Avocet

Black Winged Stilt & Avocet

We began our walk through more reed beds and past another couple of lagoons where we stopped for a picnic lunch.  This section of the walk gave us views of Glossy Ibis, Cattle Egret, Bee Eater and Iberian Grey Shrike.

Bee-Eater

Bee-Eater

We were also treated to two superb raptors ; a Booted Eagle and a pair of Montagu´s Harrier.

Booted Eagle

Booted Eagle

Our walk ended with a stop at a beautiful reed-fringed lake where we had quality views of Spoonbill, Purple Swamphen, Little Bittern and Hoopoe.

Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen

Having packed away the birding gear into the van, we finished the day with a cold beer at a bar, looking out over the Mediterranean, before making the short journey back to the city of Valencia.

Our species list for the day included :

Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, Mallard, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Little Ringed Plover, Collared Pratincole, Greater Flamingo, Black Winged Stilt, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Bittern, Spoonbill, Common Tern, Little Tern, Black Headed Gull, Yellow Legged Gull, Reed Warbler, Fan-Tailed Warbler, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, House Martin, Swallow, Swift, Bee Eater, Magpie, Hoopoe, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Spotless Starling, Iberian Grey Shrike, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Montagu´s Harrier, Booted Eagle.

David Warrington

Written by David Warrington.

Bird Watching Guide at Valencia Birding

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Nature and Cultural Tourism in Valencia http://valenciabirding.com/2014/06/24/nature-and-cultural-tourism-in-valencia/ http://valenciabirding.com/2014/06/24/nature-and-cultural-tourism-in-valencia/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:54:26 +0000 http://valenciabirding.com/?p=3179

Last week I had the pleasure of providing a trip for a group of local birders. We were joined by a guest from Canada who was spending some time in Valencia as a volunteer, working on various environmental and conservation projects.  One of our key priorities is always to gear our trips to the wishes [read more]

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Last week I had the pleasure of providing a trip for a group of local birders. We were joined by a guest from Canada who was spending some time in Valencia as a volunteer, working on various environmental and conservation projects.  One of our key priorities is always to gear our trips to the wishes and needs of the client. As this was her first visit to our region of Spain, we modified the trip to provide a blend of nature and cultural tourism in Valencia.

We began the day with a walk along the coast not far from the city of Valencia, and soon had our first views of Whiskered Tern and Little Tern. As we made our way through the reedbeds we enjoyed the song of Cetti´s Warbler, and had good views of Marsh Harrier, Great Reed Warbler, Fan-Tailed Warbler and Yellow Wagtail.

 

Whiskered Tern

Whiskered Tern

We then visited one of the area´s most interesting centres, essentially a beautifully restored country house that was once run by monks from a local monestary. Although a monument in its own right, it also serves as a centre for environmental education and has some fascinating displays.

 

Display of green energy devices including a solar cooker

Display of green energy devices including a solar cooker

The staff gave us an extremely interesting guided tour of the site, which ended with a presentation on the painstakingly restored Valencian country kitchen with its array of traditional artifacts and original features.

Traditional Valencian country kitchen

Traditional Valencian country kitchen

There followed a walk around the market garden to see the organic vegetables that were being grown there, and to see the beautiful ornamental trees that are planted around the perimeter of the site.

Bachychiton acerifolius

Bachychiton acerifolius

Having said our goodbyes to the centre staff, we took a short walk through the reserve and enjoyed a picnic lunch during which we were treated to a spectacular sight of not only a pair of Montagu´s Harriers but a Short Toed Eagle! We watched these magnificent raptors for over 15 minutes, an absolutely fabulous experience for us all.

Guided bird watching in Valencia

Our next stop was at a coastal lagoon that was home to a mixed colony of nesting Common Terns, Whiskered Terns, Little Terns, Collared Pratincoles and Black Winged Stilts. We enjoyed some great views of all these species with their chicks plus Little Ringed Plover, Glossy ibis, Audouin´s Gull and Avocet.

Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

The day´s final viewing point was another lagoon, this time surrounded by reed beds. This gave a very special end to a great day with views of White Headed Duck, Purple Swamphen, Flamingo, Night Heron, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron and Bee Eater.

We brought the trip to a close with a cool beer at the beach before making the short journey back to Valencia.

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

The species list for the day included :

Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Turtle Dove, Wood Pigeon, Fan Tailed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Reed Warbler, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Yellow Wagtail, Magpie, Spotless Starling, Bee Eater, Montagu´s Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Short Toed Eagle, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Night Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Collared Pratincole, Common Tern, Whiskered Tern, Little Tern, Yellow Legged Gull, Audouin´s Gull, Black Headed Gull, Cormorant, Glossy Ibis, Flamingo, Little Bittern, Coot, Moorhen, Avocet, Black Winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Little Grebe, Purple Swamphen, Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, Mallard, White Headed Duck.

David Warrington

 

Written by David Warrington

Bird Watching Guide at Valencia Birding

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Last week I provided a two day guided birding trip for a couple of great clients from Canada.  They were touring Spain and had previously arranged some guided bird watching in Valencia with us. Day one was a trip to the steppe and lagoons.  Having collected them from their hostal in the city of Valencia [read more]

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Last week I provided a two day guided birding trip for a couple of great clients from Canada.  They were touring Spain and had previously arranged some guided bird watching in Valencia with us.

On the steppe

Day one was a trip to the steppe and lagoons.  Having collected them from their hostal in the city of Valencia we made the short journey inland.  After a morning coffee we ventured out across the plains in search of one of their target species, the Great Bustard.  Our first stop did not reveal any bustards but the day did begin superbly with great views of a Great Spotted Cuckoo.  As we were watching  this, we enjoyed the song of nearby Skylarks and also had a great view of a Crested Lark and Corn Bunting.

Classic steppe scenery

Classic steppe scenery

The first lagoon of the day gave views of Sandwich Tern, Greater Flamingo, Black-Winged Stilt and Little Ringed Plover.    We moved on to the day’s next lagoon where we enjoyed views of Shelduck, Avocet, Gadwall and Reed Warbler.  Then one of the day’s highlights, the extremely rare White Headed Duck.  We also had views of Marsh Harrier and Black-Necked Grebe.  As we were about to leave, we were treated to views of Bee-Eater and Woodchat Shrike, both perched on the same fence!

Flamingoes in flight

Flamingoes in flight

We then made our way onto the higher steppe in search of some of the classic species of the area.  Our patience was eventually rewarded with views of not only Great Bustard but Stone Curlew, Black-Bellied Sandgrouse and some of the best views of Calandra Lark that I’ve had this year.  A spot of luck also gave us a view of a Little Owl as he flew across the front of the van and settled on a pile of rocks close by.

Great Bustard

Great Bustard

The day ended with a visit to another lagoon where we watched Lapwing, Buzzard, Kentish Plover and Hoopoe before making the return journey to the city of Valencia.

Day two was a trip to the Valencian Coastal Wetlands.  After a very short trip from the city of Valencia we began our walk along the beach and dunes.  One of the first sightings was a beautfully elegant Purple Heron, followed by a Squacco Heron and Spoonbill.   Fan-Tailed Warbler was soon joined by Great Reed Warbler and Cetti’s Warbler.  The first of the day’s coastal lagoons gave excellent views of Collared Pratincole, Little Tern, Whiskered Tern, Little Ringed Plover and Yellow Wagtail.

Little Egret

Little Egret

We then headed inland through reedbeds where we had great views of Marsh Harrier until we arrived at another lagoon where we stopped for lunch.  As we relaxed in the Spring sunshine we were treated to views of Purple Swamphen, Little Grebe, Red Crested Pochard and a magnificent Short Toed Eagle.

Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

Our walk then took us through an area of pastureland where we saw Stonechat, Whinchat, Hoopoe, and Bee-Eater.

The day ended at a superb lagoon where we were fortunate enough to add to our list some excellent sightings, including Little Bittern, Night Heron, Great Egret and Glossy Ibis.

Little Bittern

Little Bittern

Many of the species were “lifers” for my clients, which made these couple of days of bird watching in Valencia even more special.  We’d had a great couple of days with some superb species, diverse habitat, quality views and fun company.

The species list for the two days included…

Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Night Heron, Little Bittern, Spoonbill, Redshank, Greater Flamingo, Collared Pratincole, Black-Winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Avocet, Stone Curlew, Black-Bellied Sandgrouse, Lapwing, Great Bustard, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Black-Necked Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Mallard, Shelduck, Gadwall, Pochard, Red-Crested Pochard, White-Headed Duck, Shoveler, Yellow-Legged Gull, Black-Headed Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Common Tern, Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, Whiskered Tern, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Short-Toed Eagle, Buzzard, Little Owl, Woodchat Shrike, Southern Grey Shrike, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting, Skylark, Crested Lark, Calandra Lark, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Spotless Starling, Magpie, Crow, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove, Wood Pigeon, Hoopoe, Bee-Eater, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Whinchat, Stonechat, Fan-Tailed Warbler, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin

David Warrington

 

Written by David Warrington

Bird Watching Guide at Valencia Birding

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I recently enjoyed a fabulous day with two wonderful clients from California, USA. They were visiting the city where they were performing in a music festival and had previously organised a day of guided bird watching in Valencia with me.  Both very keen and experienced bird watchers and photographers, they were very eager to see [read more]

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I recently enjoyed a fabulous day with two wonderful clients from California, USA. They were visiting the city where they were performing in a music festival and had previously organised a day of guided bird watching in Valencia with me.  Both very keen and experienced bird watchers and photographers, they were very eager to see some of the amazing species that our wetlands hold, especially during the breeding season.

Birding in Valencia

Having driven the short journey through the beautiful city of Valencia, we arrived at the reserve and began our walk.  Almost immediately, we had views of a pair of Turtle Doves.   As we began our walk along the dunes, we enjoyed views of Great Reed Warbler, Fan-Tailed Warbler and Little Grebe.  Then one of the day´s target species appeared – the magnificent Bee Eater.

Bee-Eater

Bee-Eater

Having enjoyed the amazing colours of this stunning creature, we continued our walk along the coast to a lagoon where we paused and watched nesting colonies of Common Tern, Little Tern, Whiskered Tern and the exceptionally pretty Collared Pratincole.  We also added to our list Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Avocet, Purple Heron and Audouin´s Gull.

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

After a further walk we arrived at another lake where we stopped for lunch during which we were treated to great views of Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron, Purple Swamphen, Marsh Harrier and then one of the highlights of the day, a male Montagu´s Harrier.

After lunch we headed out through an area of pastureland where we watched Stonechat and Cattle Egret.  House Martins, Sand Martins, Swallows and Swifts were all passing through overhead and Cetti´s Warbler were singing from the low bushes.

Spoonbill

Spoonbill

The final lagoon of the day gave us a magnificent end to the trip with super views of Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo and Little Bittern.   We were almost back at the van when another pair of Bee Eaters appeared, a fitting end to a very special day.  It had been a real pleasure to spend the day in such good company and with such enthusiastic and dedicated birders.

Little Bittern

Little Bittern

The species list for the day included :

Little Tern, Whiskered Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Black Headed Gull, Yellow Legged Gull, Audouin´s Gull, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Black Winged Stilt, Avocet, Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern, Spoonbill, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Collared Pratincole, Greater Flamingo, Purple Swamphen, Moorhen, Coot, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, Mallard, Shoveler, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Hoopoe, Bee Eater, Great Reed Warbler, Fan-Tailed Warbler,  House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swift, Montagu´s Harrier, Marsh Harrier.

David Warrington

Written by David Warrington.

Bird Watching Guide at Valencia Birding

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Last week, I spent a great day with a client from the Netherlands. He was attending a medical conference and had arranged a day of bird watching from the city of Valencia with us.  The close proximity to the city of some of the regions best birding sites makes such a trip very easy. Having [read more]

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Last week, I spent a great day with a client from the Netherlands. He was attending a medical conference and had arranged a day of bird watching from the city of Valencia with us.  The close proximity to the city of some of the regions best birding sites makes such a trip very easy.

Having collected him from his hotel in Valencia, we made the short journey to the Valencian Coastal Wetlands.

Our day began with a pair of Turtle Doves, even before we´d closed the van doors!  A short walk to the first small lake gave us good views of Night Heron, Reed Warbler and Fan Tailed Warbler.  We continued along the beach to the next coastal lagoon where we enjoyed views of Audouin´s Gull, Whiskered Tern, Little Tern and Glossy Ibis.

Glossy Ibis in flight

Glossy Ibis in flight

The coastal scrub held Yellow Wagtail and Stonechat whilst all the while we saw Barn Swallow, Red Rumped Swallow, House Martin and Swift passing overhead.

The next lagoon gave superb views of Collared Pratincole, Kentish Plover, Avocet and Purple Swamphen.  We also watched a breeding colony of Little Tern and Whiskered Tern.

Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen

Our walk continued through reedbeds and out into open country where we were treated to views of a very special raptor, a male Montagu´s Harrier.  The trees and low bushes held Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Cetti´s and Sardinian Warbler and Hoopoe.  As we approached the day´s next lagoon, we saw Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Common Sandpiper and Ringed Plover.

Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover

We´d made an early start that morning so we were back at the van by mid afternoon.  Therefore, we made a short drive to another site as my client was keen to get better views of Audouin´s Gull, a lifer for him.  Not only did we see a further eight, but we also had great views of a Mediterranean Gull, Sandwich Tern, Wheatear and Crested Lark.

Audouin's Gull

Audouin’s Gull

Content with the day´s species list and more importantly, the quality of the views, we returned to the city of Valencia.  It had been a great day, and a pleasure for me to spend the day with such an experienced and enthusiastic birder.

The species list included…

Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Reed Warbler, Fan Tailed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Cetti´s Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Goldfinch, Serin, Spotless Sterling, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, Stonechat, Magpie, Blackbird, Wheatear, Crested Lark, Hoopoe, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, House Martin, Barn Swallow, Red Rumped Swallow, Swift, Bee Eater, Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Whiskered Tern, Yellow Legged Gull, Black Headed Gull, Audouin´s Gull, Mediterranean Gull,  Pochard, Red Crested Pochard, Mallard, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Cormorant, Little Bittern, Black Winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Avocet, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Montagu´s Harrier, Kestrel

David Warrington

Written by David Warrington.

Bird Watching Guide at Valencia Birding

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Last week, I had the pleasure of providing a day of guided bird watching in Valencia for a group of clients from Scotland.  We made the brief journey through this beautiful Mediterranean city, stopping by the beach for a morning coffee before heading out onto the reserve. The day got off to a fabulous start [read more]

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Last week, I had the pleasure of providing a day of guided bird watching in Valencia for a group of clients from Scotland.  We made the brief journey through this beautiful Mediterranean city, stopping by the beach for a morning coffee before heading out onto the reserve.

The day got off to a fabulous start with views Great Reed Warbler and Little Bittern.  As we began our walk, we had great views of Turtle Dove, Glossy Ibis and Marsh Harrier.

Black Winged Stilt

Black Winged Stilt

The next lagoon and its shoreline held Fan-Tailed Warbler, Little Grebe and Red Crested Pochard.  Terns were very active, and within just a few minutes we´d seen Little, Common, and Whiskered.  We soon saw the first of the day´s Collared Pratincole, a “classic” Valencian breeding shorebird, and also enjoyed great views of Little Ringed Plover, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron and Avocet.

Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

As we continued our walk, now heading through an area of pastureland, we were treated to views of Woodchat Shrike, Hoopoe, Cetti´s Warbler, Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart and Bee Eater.  To round off this spectacle, we then had great views of a Short Toad Eagle.

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

The day´s final viewing point overlooked another lagoon, and brought the day to a beautiful end with views of Greater Flamingo, Purple Swamphen, Cattle Egret and Great Crested Grebe.

It had been another special day with some stunning wildlife, great weather and good company.  The day´s species list included :

Great Reed Warbler, Fan Tailed Warbler, Cetti´s Warbler, Turtle Dove, Magpie, Spotless Starling, Woodchat Shrike, Stonechat, Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Bee Eater, Goldfinch, House Sparrow,  Spotted Flycatcher, Hoopoe, Redstart, Coot, Moorhen, Pochard, Mallard, Red Crested Pochard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Short Toed Eagle, Kestrel, Little Tern, Common Tern, Whiskered Tern, Black Headed Gull, Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Collared Pratincole, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Black Winged Stilt, Avocet, Purple Swamphen, Greater Flamingo.

David Warrington

Written by David Warrington.

Bird Watching Guide at Valencia Birding.

 

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On Wednesday of this week we provided a day of guided bird watching from Valencia for a client from Surrey, UK. After a drive through the city of Valencia, we headed for the coast and began our walk.  Immediately we heard the calls of terns and warblers, all recently arrived and getting on with the [read more]

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On Wednesday of this week we provided a day of guided bird watching from Valencia for a client from Surrey, UK.

After a drive through the city of Valencia, we headed for the coast and began our walk.  Immediately we heard the calls of terns and warblers, all recently arrived and getting on with the business of nesting.  Our first stop by a small lake gave excellent views of Little Bittern, both in flight and perched on reeds immediately in front of us.

Little Bittern

Little Bittern

A short walk along the beach revealed a most unexpected bird for this time of year, a Turnstone.

Turnstone

Turnstone

The next lake gave views of Great Crested Grebe, Black Winged Stilt and Pochard whilst the surrounding reeds provided views of Great Reed Warbler, Fan Tailed Warbler and Cetti´s Warbler.

Great Reed Warbler

Great Reed Warbler

After a stroll further along the coast, we arrived at another of my favourite spots where we were treated to a spectacular display of activity…this lagoon is an important breeding area for many species and today we had great views of Collared Pratincole, Whiskered Tern, Little Tern, Common Tern and Purple Heron.  We also spotted Little Ringed Plover and Kentish Plover.

Collared Pratincole

Collared Pratincole

After a picnic lunch we continued our walk and enjoyed views of Woodchat Shrike, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher,Yellow Wagtail, Squacco Heron and Glossy Ibis.

Whiskered Tern

Whiskered Tern

The return leg of our walk took us by another two lakes which provided a beautiful end to a great day with views of Black Tern, Golden Oriole, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Red Crested Pochard and Gadwall.

Common Tern

Common Tern

A coffee by the beach ended what had been a super day.  Our species list included :

Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Pochard, Mallard, Gadwall, Red Crested Pochard, Shoveler, Whiskered Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, Black Tern, Black Headed Gull, Cormorant, Fan Tailed Warbler, Cetti´s Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Stonechat, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, Woodchat Shrike, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Golden Oriole, House Martin, Swift, Swallow, Little Bittern, Turnstone, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Purple Swamphen, Black Winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Avocet, Redshank, Glossy Ibis, Greater Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Kestrel.

David Warrington

Written by David Warrington.

Bird Watching Guide at Valencia Birding

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Last week I provided a day of bird watching at Albufera de Valencia for a group of local birders.  Some of them I knew well as they have regularly been on birding trips with me, but it was a pleasure to meet 4 of the group for the first time.  After a short journey to [read more]

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Last week I provided a day of bird watching at Albufera de Valencia for a group of local birders.  Some of them I knew well as they have regularly been on birding trips with me, but it was a pleasure to meet 4 of the group for the first time.  After a short journey to Albufera, we stopped for a coffee and brief chat about the plans for the day before heading to one of the area´s best reserves.

Avocet

Avocet

We had a leisurely walk through the reed beds and beside a couple of small lakes where we enjoyed great views of Flamingo, Avocet, Black Winged Stilt and Little Egrets.  As we made our way through the reserve, we scanned an area of shallow water and spotted Redshank, Greenshank and Little Ringed Plover.

Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen

In addition to the usual Grey Herons, we had some stunning views of the recently arrived Purple Herons and also Glossy Ibis, especially beautiful with the sunlight highlighting the green, purple and bronze tones of their plumage.  Other highlights of the visit were Purple Swamphen, Gull-Billed Terns, Marsh Harrier and Red Crested Pochard.

After a picnic lunch by the canal we then headed out towards the coast where we visited a breeding ground for Audouin´s Gull.  This elegant gull appears to be thriving along the Valencian Coast, in large part thanks to some excellent conservation work carried out by local organisations, including Accio Ecologista-Agro.

Audouin's Gull

Audouin’s Gull

The day ended with a brief visit to a small reserve on the south side of Albufera where albeit a little early right now, is a favourite spot for Night Heron and Squacco Heron.  A thunderstorm was moving towards us so we decided to head for cover and enjoy a coffee together, recounting some of the day´s best sightings.

Black Winged Stilt

Black Winged Stilt

The day had been a pleasure, some great species, good company, great weather and a superb habitats.  The species list for the day included :

Avocet, Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Black Winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Greenshank, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Swallow, House Martin, Fan Tailed Warbler, Redstart, House Sparrow, Spotless Starling, White Wagtail, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Moorhen, Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Red Crested Pochard, Gadwall, Mallard, Common Tern, Gull Billed Tern, Yellow Legged Gull, Black Headed Gull, Audouin´s Gull

David Warrington

 

Written by David Warrington.

Bird Watching Guide at Valencia Birding

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It was my pleasure to work with my friend and colleague Yanina of Visit Natura to provide this very special trip through the diverse habitats of the Albufera de Valencia Natural Park. A group of 7 local birders joined the trip and together we enjoyed not only some great bird species, but some fascinating insights [read more]

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It was my pleasure to work with my friend and colleague Yanina of Visit Natura to provide this very special trip through the diverse habitats of the Albufera de Valencia Natural Park.

A group of 7 local birders joined the trip and together we enjoyed not only some great bird species, but some fascinating insights into this dynamic environment and its eco-systems.

Birding trips to Albufera

The day began with a boat trip across the Albufera, Spain´s largest fresh water lake.  Whilst on the boat we had views of Marsh Harrier, Great Crested Grebe, Glossy Ibis, Purple Swamphen, Audouin´s Gull and huge numbers of Grey Heron.

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

We stopped by at one of the Park´s best reserves and immediatelty enjoyed extremely close views of Little Bittern.  Ducks included Red Crested Pochard, Gadwall and Shoveler.  The shoreline and shallow water held Black Winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover and Greater Flamingo.  Scanning the reed beds revealed Reed Bunting, Fan-Tailed Warbler, and Cetti´s Warbler. Whiskered Terns and Sandwich Terns were feeding on the lake.

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

After our return boat journey we enjoyed lunch in the Devesa Forest, a unique habitat of native pine forest and coastal dunes. Much valuable conservation work has taken place here in the past few years, much of which has been instrumental in protecting the entire Natural Park.  Whilst in this area we were treated to views of Greenshank and the elegant courtship display of the Great Crested Grebe.

The coastal dune systems of Albufera

The coastal dune systems of Albufera

It was a pleasure to spend the day with such a great group and to enjoy Yanina´s knowledge of the eco-systems of the Park.  We´ll be arranging more joint trips very soon.

Audouin's Gull

Audouin’s Gull

The species list included :

Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Mallard, Red Crested Pochard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Coot, Moorhen, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Serin, Reed Bunting, House Sparrow, Swallow, House Martin, Fan Tailed Warbler, Cetti´s Warbler, Redstart, Robin, Spotless Starling, Hoopoe, Magpie, Collared Dove, Whiskered Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Yellow Legged Gull, Audouin´s Gull, Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Black Winged Stilt, Little Bittern, Purple Swamphen, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank

David Warrington

Written by David Warrington.

Bird Watching Guide at Valencia Birding 

 

 

 

 

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