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Old Thursday 26th November 2009, 21:18   #1
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Birding in Spain

Any good sites near within 1 hour of airports in spain.Gibralter has been mentioned but flight times are not good. I plan to visit in April
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Old Thursday 26th November 2009, 21:24   #2
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Go to Malaga. There's a reserve by the coast called the Guadalhorce. It's 10 minutes away, and even has White-headed Duck!

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Old Thursday 26th November 2009, 21:47   #3
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Ebro delta is about 45 mins from Reus
Coto Donana is about 45 mins from Seville Airport.
Pyrenees are about 40 mins from Pau Airport.
Santa Pola is about 15 mins from Alicante Airport.
Llobregat is right next door to Barcelona Airport.
Belchite is about 40 mins from Zaragosa Airport.
Cap de Creus is about 45 mins from Girona Airport.
Cabo de Gata is about 15 mins from Almeria Airport.
Picos de Europa is just over an hour from Santander Airport.
Llanos de Caceres, Extremadura, will be right on the doorstep of Caceres airport.....................if it ever gets built for the 2012 Capital of Culture.
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Old Thursday 26th November 2009, 21:56   #4
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^ top advice. If you really want proximity to an airport, birding either side of Barcelona airport is great.
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Old Friday 27th November 2009, 06:48   #5
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Barcelona, Catalonia

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If you really want proximity to an airport, birding either side of Barcelona airport is great.
In addition, to Llobregat:

http://www.catalanbirdtours.com/Spai...g%20trips.html

the Garraf Hills are only 20 minutes further south (or 40 mins north from Reus):

http://www.catalanbirdtours.com/Spai...0watching.html

The Cadi-Moixero Park in The Pyrenees is only 75 minutes away from Barcelona:

http://www.catalanbirdtours.com/Spai...g%20tours.html

Aiguamolls de L'Emporda and the Cap de Creus are EASILY within an hour from Girona Airport:

http://www.catalanbirdtours.com/Spai...20holiday.html

http://www.catalanbirdtours.com/Spai...ng%20trip.html

and finally, as mentioned, both the Ebro Delta:

http://www.catalanbirdtours.com/Spai...g%20tours.html

and The Steppes:

http://www.catalanbirdtours.com/Spai...g%20trips.html

are accessible from both Reus (30 mins and 60 mins approx. respectively) and Barcelona (both about 90 mins I would guess).

In general, Catalonia has an excellent road network, lots of birds (highest number of breeding species in Iberia and on major migration route), a wide variety of habitats (Pyrenees, coast, steppe, wetlands, etc.) and is well set up in terms of reserves, hides for photography, etc.

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Old Monday 30th November 2009, 17:29   #6
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You can find a terrific range of species (and birding sites - marshland, mountain, etc) within an hour of Jerez airport. San Lucar/Bonanza area for Marbled Teal, herons, S-t & L S-t Larks, Azure-winged Magpie (difficult), numerous waders, etc., etc. Shallow lagoons around Jerez (e.g. Laguna de Medina) for Crested Coot, Purple Gallinule, etc. La Janda for much good stuff. Alcornocales for mountain birds. Everywhere for raptors. Brazo de Este is a shade over an hour as, I think, is Tarifa area. See my episodic blog for an account of a birding trip to the region in April (http://alcalabirding.blogspot.com). PM me with you email address if you'd like my exrensive notes on birding in the area,
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