Lammergeier & Lynx in Andalucia

The Sierra de Cazorla is one of the most important hot-spots of vegetal biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea Basin. With more than 2.500 vegetal species it is 25 % of the total vegetal biodiversity of the Iberian Peninsula. 30 out of these are endemic of this mountains, 100 out of the total are endemic of Andalucia. On the other hand groups of relevant flowers like narcissus and orchids have a important presence with 13 and 52 species respectively.

The Sierra de Andujar in northern Andalucia forms part of the Sierra Morena mountain chain and has a landscape formed from granite, quartz and slate, which is bordered by two rivers - the Jandula and the Yeguas. This Natural Park currently holds around 70% of the world population of Iberian Lynx (c.250 individuals), and is working hard to increase this figure. This gorgeous animal 

lives within some of the last remaining pristine Mediterranean forest where it specialises in hunting rabbits and birds. This ancient woodland is open and spacious - primarily of Holm, Gall and Cork Oak, though Alder, Ash and Poplars are to be found at the margins of rivers, glades and meadows. In this quiet and relatively unpopulated region, Spain’s wild animals thrive. As well as Iberian Lynx, Otter, Wild Boar, Moufflon, Red & Fallow Deer are occasionally to be seen. This unique natural reserve also hold a large population of raptor species with good numbers of Spanish Imperial and Golden Eagle, Black and Griffon Vulture.

With top local guide - Fernando Bautista Exposito

Day 1:- Having arrived in Malaga the journey begins with a drive to our charming hotel in the heart of the Sierra de Cazorla Natural Park. Our rooms have balconies or terraces overlooking deciduous woodland mainly of oak, with the Sierras towering up in the distance beyond. Birds around the hotel gardens will include Western Bonelli's Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper, Firecrest and Nuthatch. Being on the edge of the natural park raptors soar overhead and even sat in the gardens should produce Griffon Vulture, Booted & Short-toed Eagles, Black Kite, Common Buzzard and even the possibility of a Bonelli's Eagle, which nest in the area.

Days 2, 3 & 4 :- Three full days will be spent in the Sierra de Cazorla, a contrasting nature reserve with some of the best examples of high mountain peaks, along side true Mediterranean forest, being the biggest forest of this type left in Spain. Reforestation of conifers, which are growing on the precipitous slopes and tend to dominate this range, being home to a large number of birds, mammals and other wildlife.
One day will be spent climbing up the mountain roads and tracks to Rambla Seca - a dramatic place where the weather and cattle grazing mould the vegetation and the landscape. This is the home of the Ortolan Bunting, Melodious Warbler, Black-eared Wheatear and possibly Citril Finch. Birds of prey cruise the limestone ridges with Golden & Booted Eagles alongside Kestrels, Common Buzzards, Griffon Vultures and always the potential of a Lammergeier. The 

drive up we will make some stops in strategic watchpoints to try to spot one of the parks key resident mammals Spanish Ibex. They can be found picking their way with ease over the treacherous rocks and scree slopes, along with Mouflon, the high mountain sheep of the region. Our return journey will involve a stop at Linarejos where we will look for the unique and endemic crayfish of the Sierra de Cazorla.
A day will be spent in the eastern part of these mountains, where we can observe the Föem effect on how the clouds and rain are not able of give water to this land. This is a semi-desert landscape with many contrasts from our previous days, no trees can be found. This habitat is home to many interesting bird species such as Spectacled & Dartford Warblers, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Calandra & Short-toed Larks. On the way back we will call in at the Dehesa del Rincón, which also hosts a great diversity of birdlife, with a good chance of Western Orphean Warbler, Sub-alpine and Sardinian Warblers plus other oak forest breeders.

Our last day in Cazorla's mountains will be spent doing a morning walk of about 2 Km along a good pathway which winds along the river through the impressive Utrero's Gorge - a narrow pass of the Guadalquivir River where Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Kingfishers thrive with Red-billed Chough and Peregrine overhead. After lunch the time will be spent near our accommodation in a purpose-built hide overlooking a vulture feeding station. Carcasses will have been put out to ensure a spectacle with crowds of Griffons, Red Kite and Raven but also a chance of a visiting Black Vulture or Golden Eagle - a photographers dream. If time allows and there's good weather we will also visit El Chorro cliffs, a breathtaking place where you can look down on raptors, Alpine Swifts and Red-billed Chough plus Rock Bunting, Black Redstart, Crossbills, and Firecrest.

 

Days 5, 6 & 7:-  After breakfast we will load the minibus and out from the Sierra de Cazorla towards Andujar - a journey of around 2 hours. En-route we will stop at a quaint Spanish town where Lesser Kestrels breed in the church tower along with White Storks. We will get to our hotel around lunchtime and once we are checked in and rested from a mid-afternoon siesta we will drive out to one of the Iberian Lynx watchpoints. Yet another of Andalusia’s hidden treasures of a Natural Park; which is home to the elusive and highly endangered Iberian Lynx of which only 150 or so remain in the wild. We shall be spending every early morning and late afternoon searching for this secretive animal from strategic watchpoints around the sierra. Here we will stay for the rest of the day as the cats tend to get more active as it starts to cool down and our chances of success are very good.
This Natural Park is also home to the magnificent Spanish Imperial Eagle and many other sought-after raptors including Golden Eagle, Black Vulture, Goshawk and Peregrine. The tranquil rivers, separating a series of reservoirs, with dramatic dam walls that attract Black Wheatear, Rock Sparrow and Crag Martin, with Otters fishing the river below, will be in marked contrast to the lush vegetation of the rest of the trip. Everywhere we look there will be Azure-winged Magpies, Short toed Treecreepers, Firecrests, Nuthatches and Crested Tits. If time allows we shall even take a drive up to the Santuario Virgen de la Cabeza – a dramatic & historic building to which there is a pilgrimage in May that’s perched on top of a mountain in the centre of the reserve.

The next two full days will be spent in the Sierra de Andujar, which forms part of the Sierra Morena mountain range that stretches west across northern Andalucia to Portugal. The time will be spent walking and driving the roads and tracks within the reserve along with time to relax in the afternoon around the hotel complex before our evening vigil.

Day 8:- Our final day will be dependant on our success the past few days as there will again be an optional early start to look for Lynx. After breakfast we shall make our way back to Malaga Airport and with the available time shall visit the Laguna de Fuentedepiedras to see the breeding colony of Greater Flamingos. Along with 1000's of breeding flamingos, we should also find other Southern European breeding species such as Black-winged Stilts, Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers, Purple Gallinule, Gull-billed Terns, Southern Grey Shrike and Spanish Yellow Wagtails. At the appropriate time we will continue through to Malaga Airport and complete your journey home.

Rates for this Safari
Price excluding international flights:
2014 $1800 pp
Safari Summary

 Dates : 24th -31st May 2014  

Single Supplement - £90

Maximum Group Size - 6 

Price Includes:

7 nights accommodation with private facilities

All meals

All transport costs

Information pack

Daily check list

Use of field guides & maps

Price does not Include:

Flights to Malaga

Alcoholic drinks

Extra food/drink to normal meal times

Travel insurance

Items of personal nature

Tips/gratuities

 

Flights are not included in the prices quoted, however we are more than happy to help with finding suitable flights.

 

Full Safari Details
Lammergeier & Lynx in Andalucia

The Sierra de Cazorla is one of the most important hot-spots of vegetal biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea Basin. With more than 2.500 vegetal species it is 25 % of the total vegetal biodiversity of the Iberian Peninsula. 30 out of these are endemic of this mountains, 100 out of the total are endemic of Andalucia. On the other hand groups of relevant flowers like narcissus and orchids have a important presence with 13 and 52 species respectively.

The Sierra de Andujar in northern Andalucia forms part of the Sierra Morena mountain chain and has a landscape formed from granite, quartz and slate, which is bordered by two rivers - the Jandula and the Yeguas. This Natural Park currently holds around 70% of the world population of Iberian Lynx (c.250 individuals), and is working hard to increase this figure. This gorgeous animal 

lives within some of the last remaining pristine Mediterranean forest where it specialises in hunting rabbits and birds. This ancient woodland is open and spacious - primarily of Holm, Gall and Cork Oak, though Alder, Ash and Poplars are to be found at the margins of rivers, glades and meadows. In this quiet and relatively unpopulated region, Spain’s wild animals thrive. As well as Iberian Lynx, Otter, Wild Boar, Moufflon, Red & Fallow Deer are occasionally to be seen. This unique natural reserve also hold a large population of raptor species with good numbers of Spanish Imperial and Golden Eagle, Black and Griffon Vulture.

With top local guide - Fernando Bautista Exposito

Day 1:- Having arrived in Malaga the journey begins with a drive to our charming hotel in the heart of the Sierra de Cazorla Natural Park. Our rooms have balconies or terraces overlooking deciduous woodland mainly of oak, with the Sierras towering up in the distance beyond. Birds around the hotel gardens will include Western Bonelli's Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper, Firecrest and Nuthatch. Being on the edge of the natural park raptors soar overhead and even sat in the gardens should produce Griffon Vulture, Booted & Short-toed Eagles, Black Kite, Common Buzzard and even the possibility of a Bonelli's Eagle, which nest in the area.

Days 2, 3 & 4 :- Three full days will be spent in the Sierra de Cazorla, a contrasting nature reserve with some of the best examples of high mountain peaks, along side true Mediterranean forest, being the biggest forest of this type left in Spain. Reforestation of conifers, which are growing on the precipitous slopes and tend to dominate this range, being home to a large number of birds, mammals and other wildlife.
One day will be spent climbing up the mountain roads and tracks to Rambla Seca - a dramatic place where the weather and cattle grazing mould the vegetation and the landscape. This is the home of the Ortolan Bunting, Melodious Warbler, Black-eared Wheatear and possibly Citril Finch. Birds of prey cruise the limestone ridges with Golden & Booted Eagles alongside Kestrels, Common Buzzards, Griffon Vultures and always the potential of a Lammergeier. The 

drive up we will make some stops in strategic watchpoints to try to spot one of the parks key resident mammals Spanish Ibex. They can be found picking their way with ease over the treacherous rocks and scree slopes, along with Mouflon, the high mountain sheep of the region. Our return journey will involve a stop at Linarejos where we will look for the unique and endemic crayfish of the Sierra de Cazorla.
A day will be spent in the eastern part of these mountains, where we can observe the Föem effect on how the clouds and rain are not able of give water to this land. This is a semi-desert landscape with many contrasts from our previous days, no trees can be found. This habitat is home to many interesting bird species such as Spectacled & Dartford Warblers, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Calandra & Short-toed Larks. On the way back we will call in at the Dehesa del Rincón, which also hosts a great diversity of birdlife, with a good chance of Western Orphean Warbler, Sub-alpine and Sardinian Warblers plus other oak forest breeders.

Our last day in Cazorla's mountains will be spent doing a morning walk of about 2 Km along a good pathway which winds along the river through the impressive Utrero's Gorge - a narrow pass of the Guadalquivir River where Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Kingfishers thrive with Red-billed Chough and Peregrine overhead. After lunch the time will be spent near our accommodation in a purpose-built hide overlooking a vulture feeding station. Carcasses will have been put out to ensure a spectacle with crowds of Griffons, Red Kite and Raven but also a chance of a visiting Black Vulture or Golden Eagle - a photographers dream. If time allows and there's good weather we will also visit El Chorro cliffs, a breathtaking place where you can look down on raptors, Alpine Swifts and Red-billed Chough plus Rock Bunting, Black Redstart, Crossbills, and Firecrest.

Days 5, 6 & 7:-  After breakfast we will load the minibus and out from the Sierra de Cazorla towards Andujar - a journey of around 2 hours. En-route we will stop at a quaint Spanish town where Lesser Kestrels breed in the church tower along with White Storks. We will get to our hotel around lunchtime and once we are checked in and rested from a mid-afternoon siesta we will drive out to one of the Iberian Lynx watchpoints. Yet another of Andalusia’s hidden treasures of a Natural Park; which is home to the elusive and highly endangered Iberian Lynx of which only 150 or so remain in the wild. We shall be spending every early morning and late afternoon searching for this secretive animal from strategic watchpoints around the sierra. Here we will stay for the rest of the day as the cats tend to get more active as it starts to cool down and our chances of success are very good.
This Natural Park is also home to the magnificent Spanish Imperial Eagle and many other sought-after raptors including Golden Eagle, Black Vulture, Goshawk and Peregrine. The tranquil rivers, separating a series of reservoirs, with dramatic dam walls that attract Black Wheatear, Rock Sparrow and Crag Martin, with Otters fishing the river below, will be in marked contrast to the lush vegetation of the rest of the trip. Everywhere we look there will be Azure-winged Magpies, Short toed Treecreepers, Firecrests, Nuthatches and Crested Tits. If time allows we shall even take a drive up to the Santuario Virgen de la Cabeza – a dramatic & historic building to which there is a pilgrimage in May that’s perched on top of a mountain in the centre of the reserve.

The next two full days will be spent in the Sierra de Andujar, which forms part of the Sierra Morena mountain range that stretches west across northern Andalucia to Portugal. The time will be spent walking and driving the roads and tracks within the reserve along with time to relax in the afternoon around the hotel complex before our evening vigil.

Day 8:- Our final day will be dependant on our success the past few days as there will again be an optional early start to look for Lynx. After breakfast we shall make our way back to Malaga Airport and with the available time shall visit the Laguna de Fuentedepiedras to see the breeding colony of Greater Flamingos. Along with 1000's of breeding flamingos, we should also find other Southern European breeding species such as Black-winged Stilts, Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers, Purple Gallinule, Gull-billed Terns, Southern Grey Shrike and Spanish Yellow Wagtails. At the appropriate time we will continue through to Malaga Airport and complete your journey home.

Rates for this Safari
Price excluding international flights:
2014 $1800 pp
Book this safari
Safari Summary

 Dates : 24th -31st May 2014  

Single Supplement - £90

Maximum Group Size - 6 

Price Includes:

7 nights accommodation with private facilities

All meals

All transport costs

Information pack

Daily check list

Use of field guides & maps

Price does not Include:

Flights to Malaga

Alcoholic drinks

Extra food/drink to normal meal times

Travel insurance

Items of personal nature

Tips/gratuities

 

Flights are not included in the prices quoted, however we are more than happy to help with finding suitable flights.