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Birdlife on Spanish plains – up close

23rd – 30th April  2019

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Some of the tour highlights:

  • Good chances for close-up images of the impressive, but otherwise timid Great Bustard and Little Bustard from hides.
  • Black and Griffon Vultures from hides.
  • Bee-eaters and Rollers from hides.
  • Hide-photography at so-called drinking ponds that are regularly visited by Great Spotted Cuckoos, Azure-winged Magpies, Red-legged Partridge and various passerines.
  • Nesting Lesser Kestrels and Little Owls, from hides.
  • Good, proven hides, with mirror-glass.
  • We stay at a cosy Spanish country hotel with nature and several interesting bird species right outside the door.
  • The tour leader will provide photographic advice to a small group that share the same interests.
  • We actively contribute to conservation in Spain via Birdlife.

A wonderful bird photography week in the Spanish region of Castilla La Mancha with species such as Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Black-winged Kite, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Lesser Kestrel, Bee-eater and Roller.

We have hand-picked some of the best hides in Europe in order to get close to and photograph the birds of the Spanish plains during this intensive bird photography week. We have Europes best hide for Black-winged Kites, and several hides that have proven excellent for photographing the mating displays of the timid Great and Little Bustard. Other hides will be used for Bee-eaters, Rollers, Great Spotted Cuckoos, Azure-winged Magpies, Red-legged Partridge, Montagu’s Harrier, vultures, Little Owl, Lesser Kestrel and a number of small birds. We also use a ground-hide by a water pool on the dry plain, that often attracts and provides eye-level views of Sandgrouse, Stone Curlews and other wetland birds.

Regular appearances of eagles, vultures and other birds here often provide world-class experiences and photo opportunities. This is probably the best location in Spain for the birds of the Cork Oak woodlands, also called the Dehesan.

We will try various hides on the green spring plains, providing a variety of angles, backgrounds and species. We rotate between hides according to a schedule so that everyone gets a chance to photograph all the most important species. During the evenings, the guide will show images and talk about techniques. We will look at and discuss each others images from the tour. The group is small, so there will be plenty of time for discussion for all.

Travel facts

23rd – 30th April 2019

2 925 € (Euro)
(Registration fee 585 €)*

Tour leader
Johannes Rydström

Number of participants
Min 6
Max 6

Last date to register
28th February 2019

Price includes
Share in double room and meals according to itinerary. All hides, local guides and swedish tour leader, photo workshops, local transports (minibus), transfer to and from Madrid airport.

Single room fee
350 €

Price does not include
Flights in and out of Madrid airport, tips, insurance, cancellation insurance, beverages, meals that are not specified in itinerary, phone and internet charges, personal items.

Madrid International Airport.The tour starts and ends here.

Photo equipment
A wide range of subjects will be available to us, from landscapes to birds. Therefore it is good to bring everything from wide-angle to telephoto lenses. Lenses from 70-200 mm up to 500 mm are excellent. To increase focal length you can use a teleconverter. If you have two camera bodies, bring both in order not to have to change lenses as much. Tripods are almost a must in the hides.

We can count on temperature around 20-25 degrees C by day and maybe as low as 7-8 degrees C by night. Pack light but robust clothing. A light fleece sweater and some thin trousers are good for mornings and evenings. Bring a hat or head protection from the sun.

Group and language
Our tours are open to all nationalities, so the group may be international. Our tour leaders speak Swedish and English.

*Terms of payment
Registration fee to be paid on registration. Remaining fees to be paid latest 60 days before the tour starts.

Additional information
Contact your insurance company about insurance, including cancellation insurance. Contact your doctor about vaccination requirements.

Terms and conditions


Day 1 (23rd April) (Lunch – Dinner)
We will meet in the arrival hall of Madrid international airport around lunch. Our cosy country hotell is in the Castilla La Mancha region, about 1.5 hours drive from Madrid. We stop along the way for lunch, and check in during late afternoon. During dinner we will present the plan for the following weeks photography. If time permits, we will go for an evening outing. Late dinner.

Day 2-7 (24th-29th April) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Photography from hides during mornings and evenings. In between we will have lunch and rest at our hotel, except for the person that will have access to the unique one-person hide for Black-winged Kites. They will be there for a longer session, which includes a lunch parcel. We rotate between hides according to a schedule, providing everyone with a chance to photograph the most important species. During the evenings, there will be time for image and technique discussions, and a summary of the days photography. Late dinners.

Day 8 (30thApril) (Breakfast – Lunch)
Those that will continue on our fantastic tour ”Unique birds of Extramaduras’ Cork Oak woodlands” will have a quiet morning, awaiting the minibus for further transport via the beautiful town of Trujillo, to the next family hotel and base for the continued tour. Those that will head home will leave for Madrid International Airport, where this tour will finish with a lunch.


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Birdlife on Spanish plains - up close 23rd - 30th April  2019

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