Steppe & Lagoons

 

This trip provides a complete change in terms of habitat, and takes us up into the high plains of Castilla de la Mancha.  One of the lesser known parts of Eastern Spain, this fascinating area comprises seemingly endless open spaces where Great Bustards proudly roam (Europe´s heaviest flying bird weighing in excess of 16kg!).

Bird watching holidays in Spain

Typical steppe scenery

This area is worth a visit at any time of year.  It makes for a great trip and depending on the season, we can expect to see Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Calandra Lark, Crested Lark, Rock Sparrow and Bee Eater.  Raptors can include Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle, Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier and Merlin.

Great Bustard

Great Bustard

The area also includes a number of lagoons where Greater Flamingo can often be seen in good numbers. Other regular species include Little Ringed Plover, Black Winged Stilt, Wood Sandpiper, Avocet, Black Necked Grebe and Gull-billed Tern. Wildfowl can include White Headed Duck, Shelduck, Red Crested Pochard, Shoveler and Gadwall.

Calandra Lark

Calandra Lark

This trip involves very little walking but takes in some fascinating scenery and usually involves a coffee break in one of the region´s traditional Spanish farming villages.

Valencia Birding

Wild flowers at the margins of cereal fields