The trip for bird watching near Seville
The farmlands near Osuna are one of the best sites for birding near Seville. Álvaro knows this site into detail and can bring you close to some display areas of Great Bustard. Likewise, Osuna holds the last populations of Little Bustard, which unfortunately may soon be locally extinct!
This Important Bird Area -ZEPA in Spanish- counts with fantastic spots for Roller, Iberian Shrike and Lesser Kestrel! This tour will provide as well a variety of open-field raptors, including a few breeding pairs of Montagu's Harriers and Booted Eagles. But not just that, Red-legged Partridges, Little Owl, Spanish Sparrow and -in summertime- Bee-eaters and Collared Pratincoles will delight us with their happy colours.
This tour might include a visit to a temporary lagoon where Hoopoe, Flamingo, Stone-Curlew and, occassionally, White-headed Duck can sometimes be observed. For those based in Seville city, there are multiple fast train connections to Osuna every day.
ITINERARY: We will keep patrolling this important bird area with the car and will be making short stops at specific locations. A variety of steppe scenaries will be checked and will hopefully lead to tick these big guys on our list. If time and conditions allows it, we will visit a nearby temporary lagoon to add a more complete experience and a bigger birdlist.
MEETING: Pick up and drop off for this tour can be arranged not just in Ronda but also in Osuna itself. Osuna is easily connected to Seville city by fast train, we can advise on timetables and pick you up directly at the train station. And if you'd like to stay a night in Osuna, we can recommend some accomodation.
PACE: On this tour most of the birding is done from or near the vehicle.
TIMING: If starting in Ronda, the whole tour takes 9h. Tour duration is 7h if starting right at Osuna. We'll allow some time for a stop at a local venta.
WHAT IT IS INCLUDED
- Transportation (for free)
- Local Bird guide fluent in English
- Use of binoculars and scope
- Birdguides and checklists
- Accidents insurance
- All taxes
WHAT IT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Meals and drinks. Lunch at a local cafe
WHY CHOOSE THIS TRIP
- Diversity of iconic birds
- Proximity to Seville
- Historical interest of Osuna
WHEN TO GO
- Best from mid November till mid June
- Very best from mid April to late May
- 1 person: 200 €
- 2 to 3 people: 250 €
- 4 to 7 people: 300 €
POSSIBLE BIRDS IN OSUNA
Residents: Avocet, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Black-headed Gull, Black-necked Grebe, Black-winged Kite, Black-winged Stilt, Calandra Lark, Cattle Egret, Cetti’s Warbler, Common Buzzard, Common Sandpiper, Coot, Corn Bunting, Crested Lark, Flamingo, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Bustard in Andalucia, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Griffon Vulture, Hoopoe, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kentish Plover, Kestrel, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Linnet, Little Bustard, Little Grebe, Little Owl, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Raven, Red Kite, Red-crested Pochard, Red-legged Partridge, Sardinian Warbler, Serin, Spanish Sparrow, Spotless Starling, Stone Curlew, Stonechat, White-headed Duck, Zitting cisticola.
Winter birds: Black Redstart, Bluethroat, Chiffchaff, Crag Martin, Crane, Golden Plover, Hen Harrier, Iberian Grey Shrike, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Meadow Pipit, Merlin, Pochard, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Snipe, Song Thrush, Starling, Teal, White Wagtail.
Summer birds: Barn Swallow, Bee-eater, Black Kite, Booted Eagle, Collared Pratincole, Great Reed Warbler, Gull-billed Tern, Lesser Kestrel, Little Ringed Plover, Melodious Warbler, Montagu’s Harrier, Nightingale, Pallid Swift, Quail, Red-rumped Swallow, Reed Warbler, Roller, Sand Martin, Short-toed eagle, Short-toed lark, Swift, Turtle Dove, Whiskered tern, White Stork, Woodchat Shrike, Yellow Wagtail.
Watching Great Bustards in Osuna (Seville)
Based in the Costa del Sol? Arriving from Malaga airport? Send us an email and we will help you find out the best way to arrive!
If you have a car and you only need a guide and optical material, we can also arrange those services. Please contact us.