This magnificent tour will be focused on the last population of Great Bustard in Andalucia. However, a variety of plains and wetlands will always bring surprises to our birdlist. Álvaro knows very well this site and he will make all the best to bring us close to the display areas of the Great Bustard, as well as concentration spots for Roller, Bee-eater, Iberian Shrike and Lesser Kestrel. This tour will provide as well a variety of open-field raptors all year long, such as kites, harriers, kestrels and Booted Eagles. But not just that, Red-legged Partridges, Spanish Sparrow and -in summertime- Rollers and Bee-eaters will delight us with their happy colours. After the rains, this tour is complemented with an additional visit to La Ballestera lagoon, a great spot for Hoopoe, Flamingo and Stone-Curlew. For those based in Seville city, we recommend taking the direct train to Osuna and staying overnight the previous day.
ITINERARY: Pick up and drop off for this tour can be arranged not just in Ronda but also in Osuna. A traditional breakfast in Osuna seems to bring us luck when looking for the Great Bustards. We will keep patrolling the SBPA with the car and will be making short stops at specific locations. A variety of steppe scenarios will be checked and will hopefully lead to tick these big guys on our list. If time allows it, we will visit the Lantejuela lagoons to add a more complete experience and a bigger birdlist.
To maximize the bird sights, we recommend this tour from early October till mid June. Besides, we can enjoy a short stroll in the nearby pictoresque town of Osuna on request.
WHAT IT IS INCLUDED
- Transportation (for free)
- Local Bird guide fluent in English
- Use of binoculars and scope
- Birdguides in English
- Bird checklist
- All taxes
WHAT IT IS EXCLUDED
- Meals and drinks. Lunch at a local cafe
- If you prefer direct pick up and drop-off outside the Ronda or Osuna radius of 20 km, A SUPPLEMENT FEE WILL BE APPLIED
Rates for one guest:
Full day guided trip: 150 €
Two-day guided trip: 250 €
Rates for two guests:
Full day guided trip: 75 € p.p.
Two-day guided trip: 125 € p.p.
Rates for three guests:
Full day guided trip: 65 € p.p.
Two-day guided trip: 110 € p.p.
* Larger groups by prior arrangement
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)
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If you have a car and you only need a guide and optical material, we can also arrange those services. Please contact us.