Winter Raptors Of Spain

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A 7-day nature-watching and photo holiday to central Spain

- photograph Vultures, Eagles, Ibex and Mongoose next November and December.

Location          Calera y Chozos, Castile-la-Mancha, Spain

Dates                 Trip 1: TBC - X SPACES LEFT  (from mid Nov to end Dec)     

                      Trip 2: TBC - X SPACES LEFT

Cost                TBC single / TBC double supplement  What's Included

Group Size        Just 2 participants per trips 

This trip is perfect for photographers who want to see raptors close up and in action whilst receiving 1-on-1 tuition in amazing mountain surroundings. 

Castile la mancha map

Trip Overview

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Winter is a great time to see raptors, with up to 12 species possible, as well as cranes, ibex and mongoose. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Pickup from Madrid Airport to Calera y Chozas. 

Day 2 Goshawk hide (a.m.), Golden Eagle hide (p.m.)

Day 3 - Goshawk hide (a.m.), Red Partridge hide (p.m.)

Day 4 - Crane hide (a.m.), Spanish Ibex (p.m.). The Spanish Ibex will require a trek of between 1 and 6km in the Gredos Mountains. This can be substituted with another hide session if preferred.

Day 5 - Valley hide for Egyptian Mongoose, Kites and Eagle species. 

Day 6 - Steppe Raptor hide, with chance of Spanish Imperial Eagle.

Day 7 - Departure to Madrid Airport. 

These can be substituted with a Bonelli's Eagle or Black Vulture hide, or a change in day priorities if the client chooses. There can also be time to explore Madrid on our final day.

Your Guide

PAUL COLLINS

Paul is an award-winning nature photographer, featured in British Wildlife Photography Awards and Scottish Nature Photography Awards. He regularly leads workshops in the UK, Italy and Svalbard.

JOSE DAVID GOMEZ

Owner of the Calera hides. 

Our Base

La Botica is located in the medieval town of Oropesa, in Toledo. This converted 19th-century country house offers a charming courtyard and modern accommodation with wifi. The property serves a daily breakfast, and various restaurants are within walking distance in town. The castle of the Counts of Oropesa is just 150 yards from La Botica, and Madrid is 1.5hours away by car. 

Mammals

Birds

  • Golden Eagle

  • Spanish Imperial Eagle

  • Bonelli's Eagle

  • Black Vulture

  • Griffon Vulture

  • Goshawk

  • Marsh Harrier

  • Common Buzzard

  • Red Kite

  • Black Kite 

  • Common Kestrel

  • Lesser Kestrel

  • Red-Legged Partridge

  • Common Crane

  • Crested Tit

  • Hawfinch

  • Iberian Ibex

  • Egyptian Mongoose

Raptors

 

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Ibex

 

We will walk between 1km and 6km in the Gredos Mountains to locate these magnificent mountain ibex that are endemic to Spain. 

Practical Information - TO AMEND

Food           Breakfast (included at the b&b  will consist of pastries, toast and fresh fruit with coffee/tea and juice. Lunch will be fresh sandwiches or larger meals. Dinner will be in town or with our hosts. 

Walking       Light, as we will be reliant on transport between locations. Please contact us beforehand to discuss the suitability and if you have any mobility issues. 

Group           With a maximum of 6 participants, our small group size ensures everyone has a better                          personal experience. Paul and Mattia will be on hand to answer your questions and                              help you with observing animals whatever your skillset.  

Polar Bears  Bears are a potential risk wherever we go, so we will be taking the precaution of                                   having an armed guard with us in remoter locations (more details upon sign-up).

Photo Gear  We recommend that you bring a DSLR with a telephoto lens of 300mm or more. A                                wide-angle lens or GoPro can be used for more approachable animals. 

Clothing      It is important that participants wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the tundra.                          Please consult the recommended kit list PDF, attached above. 

Weather      Ranging from 5C to -4C. The wind factor is very mild; however it can quickly feel colder                       on boat trips and on higher-altitude activities such as husky sledding.

Flights        We recommend flying from London to Svalbard (via Oslo). Please discuss with us so                            that we can recommend the best flight for you to take. 

What's Included

  ✓  Services of local photography and wildlife guides

  ✓  Evening group review and editing sessions

  ✓  A welcome presentation on the local fauna and sites 

  ✓  6 nights' accommodation in a traditional Spanish b&b

  ✓  All meals, except any taken in Madrid  

  ✓  Airport pick-up and drop-off from Madrid airport to our b&b

  ✓  Ground transportation

What's Not Included

 

   ✗  Return flights from London to Madrid

   ✗  Any Visa charges or airport taxes

   ✗  Personal and cancellation insurance*

   ✗  Optional activities in Madrid 

   ✗  Personal snacks and beverages

   ✗  Personal expenses

   ✗  Laundry 

   ✗  Any additional overnight stays 

* To take part in our trip, you must be covered by adequate insurance for its entire duration. The insurance must cover for cancellation, ​medical and emergency expenses.    We recommend insurance against damage or loss of baggage, camera equipment, instruments and personal items. 

Terms & Conditions

For full terms and conditions, including our cancellation policy and personal travel insurance, please click to see the Terms & Conditions 

Make A Booking Enquiry

Once your booking has been confirmed, a £300 deposit will be required per person to secure your place.

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