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Iberian Lynx and birding tour,

Sierra de Andujar Natural Reserve is considered a jewel, one of the best wild mountain habitats in Spain. It holds dense populations of Fallow and Red, Moufflon, Otter, Wild Boar and 10 wolves, as well as the largest Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) population in Spain.

The Iberian lynx, one of the world's most endangered cats, with only 250 cats estimated to be living in the wild, is one of the last worldwide feline treasures. The trip will focus on trying to observe the Iberian Lynx in the wild, not an easy task, although we have a success of 100% during the 2009 and 2010 trips, is not guaranteed at all.

This trip will include the possibility to observe other large mammals, and also a good birding is guaranteed, as birds of prey are a good speciality in Spain too, some species might be seen: Spanish Imperial Eagle (150 cc worldwide), Bonelli’s Eagle (+800 cc), Griffon Vulture (16,590 cc.); Eurasian Black vulture (+ 1,350cc); Golden Eagle (+1,200 cc.), Black-shouldered kite or Peregrine falcon.

2012
Book and ask for further conditions for the trip
5 NIGHTS, 6 DAYS – 949€*, flexible dates
Proposed current trips:
January 2nd – 7th and 8th – 13th
• Full board 949*€ (single supplement 100€)
• Arrival/Departure of trip: MADRID
• 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
• Open to a maximum of 7 people (minimum 4)
• No flights to Madrid included

For further terms and conditions, contact us

* Please note that some drinks or issues could be out of budget
 


DAY 1: ARRIVAL MADRID. MOVE TO SIERRA ANDUJAR: first waits for lynx and Otter

DAY 2 & 3 & 4: ANDUJAR: Sierra de Andujar is an extremely well preserved Natural Park; Mountain hills covered with dense Mediterranean forest and scrub areas. It is especially important for Iberian Lynx, as explained.

DAY 5: ANDUJAR. STOPS DAIMIEL NP AND LA MANCHA WETLANDS (If time): During the road trip Andujar to Madrid, we might take up some time to the journey for a quick stops trying for Purple swamphen, White-headed duck or Greater flamingo, among others.

DAY 6: FLIGHT BACK FROM MADRID Dear guest, please note that we will be looking for the Iberian lynx in the wild until the way back to Madrid. This means that, although we have high chances of seeing one after hard interest, we cannot guarantee views of this species.
 
 
Your Guide:
Your guide Aitor (left) is currently living in Madrid; although he grew up in the north of Spain. He has interest in Ornithology since he was young. He enjoys guiding people in English and shows unexpected birds close to Madrid.


 
Information about possible meeting points:
Usually, transport from/ to Hotel is included unless clients already  hired a car, or in case there are more than 4 clients. Also there is the possibility to take on/ drop off on Madrid International Airport.

Please note that you will receive more than 3 hours of mp3 birdsounds of the European birds fore free when you book a guided birding trip with Aitor through FlevoBirdwatching.
 

Testimonials:
John Swales: I have been out birding twice on day trips around Madrid with Aitor. Both were excellent, transport, company, picnic lunch, birds found, all excellent. Indeed, on the second day, Aitor, My companion and I found a grand total of 14 raptor species in a single day, a total that I have never approached before, nor would hope to equal again (except with Aitor!) If anybody wants further information, I can be most easily reached at jmswales@umich.edu. John Swales. Professor Emeritus of Linguistics. The University of Michigan, USA

David Broughton: My wife and I went on a one day birding tour from Madrid which was ably guided by Aitor. We had a great time, as Aitor knows the best areas to see lots of raptors and such local specialties as Great Bustard. Aitor was very helpful in assisting us to identify the local birds and in making a special effort to find the species of interest to us. He was able to pick us up from our hotel in central Madrid and even packed a lunch for us. I would recommend Aitor’s services for anyone who is looking to do some birding in and around Madrid. br>

Rose Robert (London): We had a wonderful day with Aitor. Aitor was very knowledgable indeed about the birds and you took us to three (or was it four?) different places where we saw lots of birds - very impressive. It was very interesting and informative.

Dr. Hank Webster: The birding trip that Aitor arranged met our expectations and provided us an excellent introduction to the birds in the Madrid region. An added bonus was the opportunity to explore the surrounding landscapes and land uses which are quite different from northwestern Pennsylvania. The timing of our trip permitted us to observe a number of raptors, with the views of the Spanish Eagles being exceptional. Our day was well organized and efficiently conducted. My students and myself added significantly to our life lists. Thank you
 

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