BIRDS & IBEX OF CATALONIA
BIRDS & IBEX OF CATALONIA
3 day wildlife photography tour in Catalonia, Spain, during migration season. The best time of the year to visit this spectacular region. We will explore Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Parc and a few other great areas nearby.
Wildlife photo tour led by Carles Oliver and Jonathan Guillot. This ethical wildlife photo tour takes place in Catalonia and will be dedicated to both birds and the Spanish Ibex. Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Parc is buzzing at this time of the year with the arrival of all the migratory species adding up to the resident species. Thus, the photo opportunities are incredible, with splendid birds such as the Common Hoopoe, the White Stork, the Glossy Ibis, etc. The park is also famous for the species of crakes at this time, not to mention the Common Nightingales that will enchant your experience with their extraordinary song. Pure happiness!
May 1 to 3, 2020.
Or choose your own dates!
690 CHF per participant.
English or French.
“After several birdwatching tours with Jonathan in Geneva and a red deer excursion in France/Italy, I was excited to repeat the experience with a trip to Catalonia, Spain, to see Spanish ibex and various birds. The trip was impeccably planned and an unforgettable experience, from the pick-up at the airport in Barcelona to a first outing (despite the rain) to the Llobregat Delta, before we headed to Girona for two nights where we had several occasions to watch birds in the Aiguamolls de l'Emporda reserve. The sightings were magnificent, and Jonathan and Carles were careful to give us ample time to photograph each species and point out their distinguishing features. From storks, flamingoes, grey herons, three types of egret (great, cattle, little), ibis, black-crowned night herons, an astonishing number of stilts, terns, and other waders, to pied flycatchers, warblers, European bee-eaters, a number of birds of prey, and even two types of parakeets as well as a hoopoe, we saw more birds than I could have expected for the three day trip, a total of 138 species. And that is even before the splendid landscape all around us, including the mountains where we were able to spend an afternoon with several young ibex and their mothers. As always, Jonathan was attentive to point out photography opportunities, even lending me his lens for a day so I could take better pictures. If I could subtract half a point for anything, it would be the hotel - I did not find my room all that comfortable (bedding and room temperature), but appreciated having it to myself without needing to pay a single supplement as on other tours. The restaurant at the hotel more than made up for it with excellent food, and even my special diet (vegan) was very well catered for both at the hotel and with picnics. In short, I do not expect this to be my last Salva Fauna tour and look forward to many others in the future!”
Booking this tour with us, you automatically make a donation to Fundació Plegadis.
10% of the tour rate is directly donated to Fundació Plegadis at the end of the tour.
This donation is included in the rate of the tour.
Day 1 \ Meeting at Barcelona airport in the morning, depending on your time arrival. We will pick you at the airport and drive to Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, one of the best places in Catalonia to watch and photograph birds. We will enjoy a nice pique-nique and explore the area until sunset, probably visiting 2 different locations.
Day 2 \ Waking up early, we will have breakfast and then go to Aiguamolls de l’Empordà again for sunrise. We will observe and photograph birds the entire morning and finish this session with a great pique-nique. Early afternoon we will transfer to an area inland where we will look for the Spanish Ibex. The rest of the day will be dedicated to them. Once the sun is down, we will head back to our accommodation for a nice diner.
Day 3 \ Our last morning will be dedicated to bird photography in another location between Aiguamolls de l’Emporda and Barcelona. The idea is to try to see more species and enjoy different lights and landscapes. After a last pique-nique, we will head back to Barcelona. Depending on your departure time, we can possibly finish the tour with a last bird photography session before dropping you at the airport. This last session would take place at Delta de Llobregat or another great small natural area nearby.
Your donation to Fundació Plegadis.
Double occupancy lodging for 2 nights.
Transportation during the tour.
Meals during the tour.
Photographic guiding and instruction.
Image reviews, post-processing instruction.
Immersion in nature.
Transportation to and from Barcelona. Nevertheless, it can be arranged depending on your base location with a supplement. If you need help, feel free to write us so we can try to make it happen.
As always during our wildlife tours, the highest ethics in wildlife photography will apply. Respecting and protecting our wild subjects is always the first priority. Animals are not called in nor baited, so no species can be guaranteed. Also, no sensitive information that could put a species in danger will be given. Any inappropriate behavior towards the animals will cause the participant to leave the workshop without any refund. Visit our page “Our ethics” for more details on the ethics we follow.
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