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!).

Great Bustard

Great Bustard

This area is worth a visit at any time of year.  Birding at the Steppe & Lagoons is 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.

Calandra Lark

Calandra Lark

 

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

Like most of our trips, this can be adapted to suit the physical capability of the group. However, it can be enjoyed with minimal physical effort. A superb day out to an area that offers a unique habitat range.

The beautiful colour tones of the steppe of Eastern Spain

The beautiful colour tones of the steppe of Eastern Spain