Birds of Northern Spain

Great egret landing at rookery stretched beak open

Learn how to get stunning images of a variety of birds that call the area around Leon, Spain home. Learn special techniques for shooting from blinds/hides, on foot, and from vehicles. Techniques that will serve you well on future photography adventures. This workshop will traverse several different geographic areas from Pyrenees mountain to Steppe to Plains habitats. Along with this diversity in habitats comes a diversity of bird and mammal species.

This workshop is limited to just six photographers, so each participant receives personalized and focused attention. However, there is something very unique about this workshop; the inclusion of a parallel itinerary for non-photographers. So, if you have a non-photographer significant other they can come along on this wonderful Spain adventure and be pampered with activities such as wine tasting, 2 days at a spa, a culinary class, and history-based tours, while you are out getting world-class images of Spain birds. The fee for the parallel tour also is $3500.

The photography workshop will focus on getting images of a variety of bird species, several of which are very rare and difficult to obtain anywhere else.

  • Booted, Goldern, and Short-toed Eagles
  • Great Bustard, Little Bustard
  • Common and Steppe Buzzards
  • Lammergeier, Griffon Vultures
  • Red Kite, Alpine accentor
  • Wallcreeper, Snowfinch
  • Dupont's Lark, Citril Finch
  • Black-shouldered kite
  • Crested and Eurasian Tits
  • White-Throated Dipper
  • Blue and Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
  • Great spotted, Medium, and Iberian Green Woodpeckers
  • More...
  • Wildcat
  • Iberian Wolves
  • Chamois

We shoot rain or shine unless there are hazardous conditions. If we get weathered out we will be doing slide presentations, work-flow processing, or image reviews depending on individual needs.

Best photos are obtained with 70 - 600mm lenses. But also bring your favorite landscape lens. Tripods and monopods work well in most situations, but hand holding can be very effective.

On some days we will shoot on foot, on others from vehicles, and also from hides. So, this workshop will give you a great variety of shooting experiences along with a myriad of species to photograph.

Not included

  • Airfare to and from Madrid Airport
  • Travel insurance
Day 1
Arrival & transfer to hotel in Leon. Tour of cathedral. Awesome dinner.
Day 2
Wallcreeper, Snowfinch, Alpine accentor, Alpine chough, Lammergeier, and Chamois among other species.
Day 3
Iberian green woodpecker, Marsh tit, Jay, Great spotted woodpecker, Medium spotted woodpecker, Crested tits, and other passerines from hides.
Day 4
Great Bustards, Larks, and several other Steppe birds from vehicles.
Day 5
Griffon Vultures and Eagles from carrion feeder hides.
Day 6
Buzzards and Red Kites from hides and with luck Wildcats and Wolves.
Day 7
More raptors and then a tour of Madrid and the eating of tapas.
Day 8
Depart for home
December 1-10, 2017

8 days/7 nights



What's Included
  • Transportation in Spain

  • 4x4 vehicles during bird photography
  • Mercedes Sprinters during transfers
  • All meals
  • Accommodations
  • Expert photographer and guides
  • Bilingual tour guides
  • Hides
  • Transfers on arrival and departures

Year : 2017
Price : $3500.00

Arrive: Madrid Barajas Airport
Depart: Madrid Barajas Airport

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