SPRING BIRDS IN CATALUNIA

 

​​4 DAY TRIP - INDIVIDUAL OR SMALL GROUP - PERIOD OF CHOICE - SPRINGTIME

Experience the colorful spring in Catalonia - Northern Spain

 

ENJOY BOTH THE SMALL SUMMER TYPES AND MIGHTY BREED BIRDS

 

In Catalonia, northern Spain, in spring almost all possible species of birds explode. As a nature photographer, there are many species that are definitely on your wish list.

 

In this 4 day trip you can photograph both the beautiful small species and the large rare species.

From Red Rock Thrush to Provencal Warbler, from Small Stairs to Bee-eater or Hop. Each time from huts that are perfectly placed, sometimes also at watering places.

 

But at the same time you will try to photograph some of the most impressive birds of prey in Europe. The super rare Lammer Vulture for your photo booth seeing countries is nothing short of fantastic. Then dozens of Griffon Vultures, Monk Vultures and Vulturites who argue among themselves. In between Red and Black Kites that come flying past ... In short the ultimate bird of prey sensation. Flight pictures and the birds sitting quietly, you can see and photograph it all perfectly.

 

We offer this trip in a fixed formula of 4 photo days, where you will try different types every day, often even different huts in one day. The choice thereof may depend on the weather or the species present at that time.

 

That way you have the biggest choice and you are most likely to get the best images.

 

 

 

Area

 

We are in Northern Spain, in the Catalonia region, a little above Barcelona. Vast agricultural lands alternate with olive trees in a slightly sloping landscape. But in the distance, the Spanish Pyrenees, very suitable terrain for birds of prey and the natural habitat for vultures.

 

The beautiful small species

 

Since the landscape is a mix of arable land with trees, stones and shrubs, many birds find their nesting spots here. The assortment of species is enormous and for the most beautiful and rarest, there are photo huts. During your stay we have selected the most beautiful. Later you can read what is provided in the program.

The birds of prey

 

For many years, several colonies of Vale Vultures have chosen their place here. They often land in large numbers for the cabins and that alone with their wingspan of about 3m is a complete experience. Sometimes they come to a few meters from the hut and they can observe them so close is really unique. With a bit of luck, there is also a Monk Vulture and Egyptian Vulture.

 

But especially the super rare Lammer Vulture chooses this place to hunt. This bird has a very difficult time in Europe and survives only through intensive protection measures. Fortunately, they have an effect on this spot and can therefore be seen regularly in front of the photo hut. Of course that is no guarantee, it remains a very shy and rare appearance but with some luck it often works.

 

This must be about the most beautiful bird of prey on our planet. Seeing him the first time is really an experience. Usually he comes to leave the place like all other vultures. His silhouette, flight and color are unmistakable. And if you can watch it through camera or binoculars, it is simply WAUW! What a drawing and head he has, as if drawn by an artist.

Really beautiful ... and then the printing is blown for your best shot!

Photo hides

The photo huts are of course all well placed and well built, different in size from 1 to 2 people, in most there is room for you and your tripod, others are more spacious. The reason for this is effectiveness and flexibility. Everywhere you work from behind mirror glass and of course you are comfortable. You can work from a tripod. The guide will always take you there, you will receive the necessary guidelines and it will be agreed when you are picked up. Of course you are counted on to strictly follow the rules of the guide. Depending on the period and the occupation you can expect fellow photographers in the cabin.

The accommodation

 

You can stay in a modern and well-equipped 3 *** hotel with free WiFi, air conditioning, hairdryer, TV set.

This package is in half board. Breakfast and coffee is always available at the hotel.

For a lunch or extra meal there is a large supermarket opposite the hotel. For your dinner you are expected in the restaurant next to the hotel.

 

You are in all directions about 30-45min from the cabins.

The guide will always pick you up. The hotel is located in a small town so you can quickly find a shop, pharmacy, restaurant or supermarket.

Planning and duration of the trip.

 

 

As said before, this trip is a fixed package of 4 days - 4 nights B&B

 

Arrive the day for your first planned photo day

 

Day 1

Morning: Rock Thrush and other

Afternoon: drinking hut: warblers, green woodpecker, Great Gray Shrike, ....

 

Day 2

Full day: Vulture hide for Lammergeier, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian vulture.

 

Day 3

Morning: Blonde Wheatear or Bee-eater

Afternoon: Hoopoe or Little Bustard

 

Day 4

Morning: Crossbill, Black Woodpecker

Afternoon: Forest hide for all kinds of birds and Sparrowhawk

 

While driving to and from the cabins you can also discover and sometimes photograph in the field. The guide watches and stops when you wish.

 

The unique thing about this exclusive Wildpix concept is that you can do a number of huts every day, without any extra costs! .

All more opportunities for top photos! You will not find that offer anywhere else.

 

Departure is possible at the end of day 4, then there is no supplement. Departure the next day is also possible, provided extra hotel night. Always book in advance!

 

PRACTICAL INFO

BEST PERIOD

 

APRIL MAY JUNE

 

 

TRAVEL GUIDANCE

You travel individually or in a small group of max 4 people. On site you will be perfectly taken care of and guided by our colleague on site.

 

FLIGHTS AND TRANSPORT

The best connection is flying on Barcelona. From there you can take a rental car and in about an hour you are on the spot. Of course you will receive all necessary road information from us. The guide will meet you on the spot.

 

 

ACCOMODATION

You can stay in a modern and well-equipped 3 *** hotel with free WiFi, air conditioning, hairdryer, TV set.

This package is in half board. Breakfast and coffee is always available at the hotel.

For a lunch or extra meal there is a large supermarket opposite the hotel. For your dinner you can have it in  restaurant next to the hotel or in the hotel. Other possibilities in the city

 

You are in all directions about 15 to 45 minutes from the cabins. The guide will always pick you up.

 

NUMBER OF PERSONS

1 to 4 photographers

 

 

PRICE

 

 

Price per person 4 days - 4 nights: € 1250 incl. VAT !! excl. Flights !!

(based on double room B&B)

 

IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE A DAY LATER: Extra hotel night incl breakfast + € 75

 

Including:

accommodation 3 *** hotel with breakfast

all car transport on the spot

all photo huts

travel guidance by professional photographer

 

Exclusive:

your flights

your rental car

own other expenses on the spot

your lunch and dinner or drinks on the spot

your own travel and / or cancellation insurance policies.

 

 

!! GOOD TO KNOW !!

 

PAYMENTS

After booking you will receive a payment request and pay the full amount in advance by bank transfer.

That way everything is arranged and your trip is reserved. You will receive an invoice from that.

What if I have to cancel my trip?

 

In case of cancellation you should always inform us as soon as possible. Since we also have to pay cancellation costs with our partners, in some cases we also pay a cancellation fee.

Below, in the general terms and conditions and in the travel information you receive, this is explained in detail each time.

You can always approach your cancellation insurance for this.

 

Deadlines for cancellation fees:

 

5 TO 3 MONTHS FOR DEPARTURE. 25% OF THE TOTAL TRAVEL

 

3 TO 2 MONTHS FOR DEPARTURE. 50% OF THE TOTAL TRAVEL

 

2 TO 1 MONTH FOR DEPARTURE 80% OF THE TOTAL TRAVEL

 

1 MONTH TO 1 DAY BEFORE DEPARTURE. 100% OF THE TOTAL TRAVEL

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