Birds of the wetlands of the Costa Blanca

El Hondo, Santa Pola and La Mata Natural Reserves

Length Distance Difficulty Slope
9h 90km Low 0m

Few places in Spain attract birdwatching enthusiasts like the Costa Blanca. Here its wetlands are bringing together a great number of peculiar species. You will find the most protected species, some of which are in danger of extinction and impossible to find in other parts of Europe.

Oxytours has a wealth of experience in showing these exceptional areas to visitors. The region’s importance has earn its declaration as protected natural places and inclusion in international conventions such as RAMSAR.

By a route which takes in the main marshlands of the region we will observe a great variety of birds in the different seasons, among these we find two of the most threatened species of ducks in Europe such as the Marbled teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris) and White-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala), the latter being our chosen corporate logo.

We can also admire the slow movement of wading birds as they walk on the water’s surface just like the Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) and the rare Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), accompanied by Squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides), Purple heron (Ardea purpurea) and we can even have the opportunity to see the spectacular cobalt blue of the Purple gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio).

The close proximity of the coast makes its possible for us to see interesting seabird species that have made nests in these adjacent marshlands, such as the elegant Audouin’s gull (Larus audouinii), Slender-billed gull (Chroicocephalus genei) and Whiskered tern (Clhidonias hybrida). In addition, there are very distinct groups like Collared pranticolle (Glareola pratincola), Bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus), Penduline tit (Remiz pendulinus), Moustached warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon), Roller (Coracias garrulus) or Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), among others.

If you would like to fully know the marshland species, don’t hesitate to consult our listing and ask us anything you wish.

We are able to provide you with the necessary prismatic lenses or scope so you can thoroughly enjoy your birdwatching.

With Oxytours you can truly discover the aquatic and marine birdlife of the Costa Blanca.

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Details

  • 07:00-08:00 Pick up from your accommodation *
  • 09:00 Start birdwatching tour from the vehicle and walking by our Tour leader
  • 11:30 Break for snack
  • 14:00 Lunch at our selected restaurant
  • 18:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location

Prices by number of people

  • 120 € by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation (*) to the area to visit
  • Full guide service throughout
  • Personal insurance
  • Mid morning snack
  • 5 course traditional lunch (set menu).
  • Lending of optical equipment for birding.

(*) Check here for pickup locations included in the price. For other locations please contact us.