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Doņana and the South West:

Doñana February 17th 2010

  • Two adult Spanish Imperial Eagles appeared in courtship flight over eucalypts beside the marshes western edge. The exhibition lasted for about half an hour, during which Robert did not separate his eyes from his telescope and binoculars. He cheered every dive and every trill of the eagles. There really are few things more spectacular in Doñana than this scene...José A. Sánchez reports for Discovering Doñana.

Donana November 2007

  • The following morning we awoke to staggering scenes from our hotel balcony. Several hundred Flamingos were in view, along with thousands of Shoveler, (up to 4000 we estimated) and hundreds each of Egrets, Little Grebes, Black-tailed Godwits, Greylags and Coots. Red Kites and Marsh Harriers were dotted about the marsh...Colin Davies reports

Doñana 17th – 24th February, 2007

  • We begin on the banks of the Rio Guadalquivir, near Trebujena, where the sun is shining and there are flowers and birds everywhere, singing as if full of the joys of spring. Crested Larks are whistling all around, Corn Buntings are jangling from every perch...Chris Hall reports

Donana in a Citroen C2 December 8th to December 10th 2006

  • Raptors were everywhere, but the stars were six Black-shouldered Kites, five of which were seen shortly after leaving the village of Villamanrique. Wonderful birds, we watched them hovering and floating in the air like paper airplanes, amongst the best views I have ever had of the species...Colin Davies reports.

South West Spain excluding Donana 19th to 29th August 2006

  • I spent most of my time around the Guadiana estuary, with a few excursions to Laguna de el Portil and Marismas del Odiel. It was an excellent area to visit at the end of August, because being tidal, there was lots of water around and it was unaffected by any drought....Colin Davies reports.

Southern Spain - Cota Donana and Grazlema 20 - 29th April 2005

  • The spectacle of thousands of birds at El Rocio marshes from our hotel room, amazing views of Red-necked Nightjar on the road in front of the car, and stunning views in the mountains with raptors circling overhead were some of the highlights of 10 days spent in Southern Spain in April 2005....Alan Miller reports

Iberian Birding Trip to Faro, Portugal and Coto Doñana Spain 12th December – 15th December 2004

  • We had an excellent trip and saw just a couple of species shy of 150 birds in those short winter days. Most of us had not been to any of the sites before. On Monday we had booked John Butler to guide us....David Arch reports

Going through 600 in Andalucia April 2004

  • Looking at my Western Palearctic list last November I could see a big chunk missing which could be nicely plugged by a trip to southern Spain in late April.  When you've travelled like I have in the region the ticks come few and far between and the prospect of getting at least six in one week was too good an opportunity to miss...Andy Hall reports.

Doñana October 6 and 7, 2003

  • On the second day, the highlight of the 2 Day Tour was to be witnessed at the recently harvested rice fields a bit to the north. Here were seen hundreds of Glossy Ibis and 3 separate flocks of Greater Flamingo that numbered 3000-4000 birds combined...Stephen Janko reports.

Andalucia, Southern Spain 10th to 16th June 2001

  • This was not an "eyeballs out" birding trip as we were visiting friends who live near Estapona, also it was a little late in the year for the best birding in Southern Spain.  We spent the first three nights at our friends' villa near Estapona, two nights in El Rocio on the edge of the Coto Donana National Park and the last night back at the villa... Bob Newman and Diane Major report

Andalucia/Doņana 4-24 August, 2000

  • Mick Farmer, holidaying in Spain, toured his way through Sevilla, Mazagon, El Rocio and Ronda, birding along the way. This is an account of what he saw.

Cota Doņana, Spain 2nd - 5th April 2000

  • We visited Spain for a few days by driving from Portugal. We stayed at the Hotel Turuno, in the wonderful village of El Rocio, south west of Seville. Our hotel overlooked the flooded marsh of La Rocina, and many of the species seen at La Rocina bridge were also seen only a little less well from our hotel balcony......A report by Colin Davies

The Coto de Doņana National Park May '99

  • Doņana is Spain's principle wetland area. Access is much restricted but there are excellent areas on the periphery where a representative selection of all of the birds can be seen: (John Jennings with additional comment from John J. Collins)

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Some Useful bird books for Spain:
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Birdwatching on Spains Southern Coast
John R. Butler: Buy from

  • Written by local expert and guide, John Butler, "Birdwatching on Spain's Southern Coast", is the ideal accompaniment for the holidaying birder on Spain's Southern Coast. The real strength of this guide over similar books is the information about the lesser known sites close the resorts of the Costa's. Great if you only want a quick hours early morning jaunt before the heat of the Summer sun becomes unbearable. Also covered in good detail are Doñana and the main Almeria sites...Recommended.

Where to watch birds in Southern and Western Spain
Ernest Garcia and Andrew Paterson: Buy from or

  • The reprint and update of this excellent book have been long awaited. I have birded in this region of Spain many times and yet I still have much to learn, Garcia and Paterson are the experts. Where else in Europe can you see five species of swift in one day? Did you know that Ruppel's Griffon Vulture is now regular in part of the region? New sites have been added and access details thoroughly updated. Areas covered include birding hotspots such as Extremadura, Gibraltar and Ronda. A "must buy" if you are traveling to Southern Spain.

The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe
Rob Hume, Peter Hayman (Illustrator): Buy from

  • This is quite simply the best illustrated guide to Europe's birds that I have seen. Every bird is pictured at least five times (and sometimes twenty times) in varying poses within its habitat. Seeing the birds in context, really gives this book the edge.
    The text, written by an expert, is concise, thorough and up to date. Many of the recent splits are included. The likes of Yelkouan Shearwater and Southern Grey Shrike are illustrated superbly for perhaps the first time in any recent guide.
    More than a field guide, the book is coffee table size, and certainly deserves to be in the collection of every serious bird watcher.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

Where to Watch Birds in North and East Spain
Michael Rebane, Stephen Message: Buy from or

  • North and east Spain embraces an impressive range of habitats from the Pyrenees to the sun-drenched Catalan coast. As a consequence the area is rich in birdlife and full of potential for visiting birders. The 189 sites are described in terms of habitat, access and the species to be seen. The 104 major sites are accompanied by a map as well as maps of the region to show the location of each site.

Birds of the Strait of Gibraltar
Clive Finlayson: Buy from

  • The Strait of Gibraltar is famous as a major point of passage for Palaearctic birds migrating between their European breeding grounds and their winter quarters in Africa. The author,
  • a native of the Rock, presents an account of the region and its resident and transitory bird life

Recommended travel books for Spain:

The Rough Guide to Spain
Mark Ellingham: Buy from or

  • Published Jan. 2002, "The Rough Guide to Spain" is thoroughly up to date (all the prices are in Euro's!) and of the usual high standard that we have come to expect from Rough Guides. This is an excellent guide to my favourite place in Europe for a bird watching holiday. Over a thousand fact filled pages entice the reader to visit the towns, castles and Moorish villages, so full of character and history. For the birder, there is a very useful section on wildlife that gives an overview of the birds to be seen and the main regions to see them.

The Rough Guide to The Pyrenees
Marc Dubin: Buy from or

  • Anyone could find their perfect retreat in the Pyrenees, a range that encompasses in its four-hundred-kilometre length a diversity of landscapes rarely equalled in Europe. Between the balmy beaches of the Mediterranean and the more turbulent Atlantic coast lie regions of lush meadowland, peaks permanently clad in ice, sun-beaten canyons of sinuously sculpted rock, swathes of dense broadleaf forest, weirdly eroded limestone pinnacles and valleys so sheer and overgrown that scarcely a ray of light penetrates them.
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