September 25th - 30th 2016
October 1st - 5th 2016
£450/550 per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single supplement £50/80
These 5/6 day tours are based in Gaucin, Andalucia and include:- airport transfers, four and five nights accommodation plus breakfast, packed lunch and delicious home-cooked evening meals with wine. Accommodation is in our comfortable apartments found at the rear of our house in Gaucin or just a few meters away at another lovely apartment. Your birding time will include four full days guided birding and two short outings on arrival and departure day - subject to flight times. These tours are competitively priced at only £450/550 per person based on a minimum of two people sharing a twin room, single supplement £80.
The tours are flexible, 5/6-day holidays, we go where the birds are to be found. Weather, bird movements and the discretion of the guide will dictate each day's outing. We do our utmost to cater for all your needs and if you have a specific 'wanted list' we will incorporae the necessary sites into your holiday.
During late September we will concentrate on the early arriving winter visitors, late breeding birds and those migrants that make the trip back across to Africa at this time, White-rumped Swift is a good example of a late departing migrant, but we may see anything as we explore the local mountains and coastal area near Tarifa.
This 5-night tour will cover many local sites mentioned above but will also include areas a little further north where we will look for Little Bustard, Collared Pratincole and Roller. Many migrants will be well on their way by now and but local migrant specialities that can still be found will include Golden Oriole, Melodious Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Orphean Warbler and Olivaceous Warbler. We also have sites nearby for White-rumped Swift, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Bonelli's Eagle, Red-rumped Swallow and a huge Bee-eater colony can be found 30 minutes from our base in Gaucin.
Malaga/Gibraltar Airport collection - a visit to the Guadalhorce Natural Park. Plenty to see there with up 50 species recorded on a typical visit. A good chance of White-headed Duck, Monk Parakeet, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Audouin's Gull, Zitting Cisticola, Red-rumped Swallow, Woodchat Shrike, Serin, Osprey, Booted Eagle and several species of wader.
Day 2 - 5
Visits to the beautiful, scenic mountains around Casares, Gaucin, Cortes, Jimena, Montejaque and Ronda may produce sightings of: Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Rock Sparrow, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, White-rumped Swift, Red-billed Chough, Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Bonelli's Eagle, Golden Oriole,Golden Eagle, Hawfinch, Wryneck, Cirl Bunting, Bonelli's Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Firecrest, Woodlark, Thekla Lark, Red-necked Nightjar.
A couple of days will be spent in the lowlands and on the coastal plains near Tarifa, Bolonia, Zaraha, Gibraltar & Vejer. Birds to look for there include: Rufous Bush Bobin, Olivaceous Warbler, Montagu's Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Purple Swamphen, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Collared Pratincole, Short-toed Lark, Calandra Lark, Bald Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Little Bittern, White Stork, Spoonbill, Little Swift, Slender-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Lesser-crested Tern and the rare Ruppell's Vulture & Long-legged Buzzard.
Return to Malaga/Gibraltar airport. A morning birding excursion if time allows to a local site.
What is not included?
We also cater for individuals and small groups of two to six people. We can take you where ever you want to go within our tour region (100km range of Gaucin) and we can show you specific species if you have a 'wish-list'. This type of tour cost £107 per day per person (minimum 2 nights) and includes, full board accommodation, picnic lunches, checklist, use of telescope, binnoculars and guiding throughout. For a full 7-day break the cost is only £750!
If you are interested in arranging your own personnal holiday and want to choose your own tour dates please contact us with your date requirements using the contact form. We will e-mail you with a acknowledgement/confirmation within 48 hours.
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