Springtime is an awesome time for bird photography in Spain. The migrating birds that spend the winter in Africa return to breed in Europe, and there is an extraordinary amount of activity.
This photography tour is focused on the spring birds of the Cantabrian Mountains and the plains and marshes of the Castilla-La Mancha.
In the Cantabrian foothills we will target species such as Black Woodpeckers, Wryneck, and White-throated dipper. Also, in the area are Egyptian and Griffon Vultures, Black Kites, and many species of songbirds. In the surrounding mountains we hope to photograph such species as Blue-throat, Wallcreeper, Rock Thrush, and other montane species. During our days in the Castilla area we will be photographing on a private estate; much if which is occupied by a large wetland complex. On the estate we will target such species as Marsh Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Hoopoe, Roller, Bee-eater, Bearded Reedling, White-headed Duck, Little Owl, and Black-necked Grebe.
In these areas we will shoot mainly from hides/blinds, including very unique hides that are elevated and on/in the water. However, we also will likely do a bit of easy hiking, so bring your hiking boots.
This tour is second to none and I assure you, you will not want to return home when your adventure comes to an end. So, join us in this amazing place called Spain!
Dates: 2021 tour in development
Degree of Difficulty: Low
Prerequisites: Good working knowledge or your photography equipment
Cost: $TBD USD*
7+ days of photography Accommodations with breakfast each day Lunch each day (some are “brown bag”) Three course dinners Welcome dinner 24/7 bilingual guides All Transfers once at initial group meet-up location in Spain
Arrival: Madrid Departure: Madrid
Meet group at your hotel by 3:00pm Optional: Transfers directly to hotel meet-up location offered with prior arrangements
Get stunning images of a variety of birds that call Spain home during the spring. This tour will traverse two very different geographic areas from the Cantabrian mountains to the plains and wetlands of Castilla-La Mancha. Along with this diversity in habitats comes a diversity of bird species.
Instruction will be provided with regards to getting the best images from the locations and situations we will be photographing. However, participants should have a good working knowledge of their photography equipment as this is not a basic photography techniques workshop.
This photography tour will focus on getting images of a variety of bird species, some of which are very rare and difficult to obtain anywhere else. Some mammals too like Chamois, fox, and Iberian Hare are possible.
Black Woodpeckers White-throated Dippers Wryneck Red-backed Shrike Pied Flycatcher Redstart Cirl Buntings Rock Buntings Common Buzzards Griffon Vultures Egyptian Vultures Red Kite Black Kite Dunnock Snowfinch Alpine Chough Wallcreeper Chaffinch Crested, Blue, and Great Tits Wagtails Great spotted woodpecker Middle spotted woodpecker Iberian Green Woodpecker Marsh Harrier Lesser Kestrel Common Kestrel Little Owl Bluethroat Water Pipit Rock Thrush Wheatear
Stone Curlew Hoopoe Crested Lark Common Redstart Roller Bee-eater Reed Warbler Great Reed Warbler Cetti's Warbler Bearded Reedling Great Tit Blue Tit Blackcap Nightingale Savi's Warbler Water Rail Penduline Tit Kentish Plover Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Green Sandpiper White Stork Little Grebe Black-necked Grebe Great-crested Grebe Grey Heron Purple Heron White-headed Duck Zitting Cisticola Whiskered Tern And more...
Begin your adventure by flying into Madrid. Journey south to Castilla-La Mancha where we will spend 5 days on a private estate. Next we travel North to a small village in the Cantabrian foothills where we spend the remainder of our tour. We fly back home from Madrid.
We shoot rain or shine unless there are hazardous conditions.
The best images are obtained with 100mm thru 600mm lenses. But also bring your favorite landscape lens. A tripod with a gimbal head is a necessity for some shoots. Hand holding can be very effective; especially for flight shots.
Some shoots may be on foot, and many will be from hides of different types and in varied settings. So, this tour will give you a great variety of shooting experiences along with a myriad of species to photograph.
To register for this workshop please call Whistling Wings at 772-713-1216 or Spain Adventures at 772-564-0330 or email.
Temperatures likely will vary greatly on this tour. Our first stop will be in the Castilla-La Mancha of central, Spain. Here the weather generally will be warm. At our second location we will likely experience much cooler conditions, even cold in the mornings. Thus, we recommend that you bring along layers that will allow you to dress for a variety of conditions from cold to warm. Note:Bright colored outer clothing is not a good choice for the photography shoots. Please wear dark earth-toned or camo outerwear for the photography outings.
Thin, cool clothing for warm conditions in central, Spain
Warm clothing for cool conditions in north, Spain
Clothing should be camouflage or dark earth-toned colors
Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee
Fast action camera body and a spare body.
Lenses in the range 100mm – 600mm (a 500 or 600 and a 100-400 works very well).
Fast Lenses (f/2.8-4).
An alternative to long telephoto lenses are tele-converters (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
Tripod with gimbal head. Ball heads for action shots are not recommended.
Remote shutter release
Spare memory cards
Lens cleaning cloth
Camera and lens waterproof cover
Laptop or another type of storage device - we will be shooting a lot of images.
The tour itinerary will be flexible to take advantage of the best photography opportunities available and thus is subject to change without notice.
This bird photography tour requires a minimum number of participants, if sufficient tour places are not sold the tour may not be run.
*If maximum number of participants is not reached the cost of the tour may increase depending on the number of participants confirmed for the tour.
Not all mentioned wildlife can always be observed and photographed, thus the aforementioned species should be considered our target species. No guarantee is made of photographing all or any of the mentioned species.
With only 8 spots available it will not take long to fill this tour, so please register soon to reserve your place!
To register for this tour please call or email mail as soon as you decide you would like to participate.
If you have questions or would like more information please email here. Or call Whistling Wings at 772-713-1216 or Spain Adventures at 772-564-0330.