Bird watching in the wetlands of Padul, Andalucia

Went on a half day birdwatch trip with run by Ian and Steve. They are a fairly new company that have set up their birdwatching tours base in our spa town of Lanjaron.

We met at 10am outside a bar in Lanjaron, there were 9 of us in total in 2 4x4 vehicles. We drove a short way outside of Lanjaron to a town called Padul and down some tracks to a wetland area (yes a wetland area in Andalucia). We spent a great few hours wandering around this reserve spotting all sorts of wildlife, including terrapins, and flowers along with the birds.

Small birds I know nothing about, they flit around to quick to get a good look at them but with Ian and Steve’s enthusiasum and experience it was a truly enjoyable experience. By the end of the tour we could all tell the difference between these little birds and could recognise the sound of a corn bunting!!

If you are ever in this area and have a spare few hours I would honestly recommend a few hours with Ian and Steve. The Alpujarras offer some of Spain’s most spectacular birdlife, Ian and Steve report new and frequent sightings and write up the trip reports on their website, our trip can be viewed on their blog.

The birds that were spotted that day were Reed Warblers, Cetti’s Warblers, Corn Buntings, Stonechat, Woodchat Shrike, Kestrels, Bonelli’s Eagle.

These are a few photos from our trip, no bird ones im afraid, I just wasnt quick enough with the camera!

Ian, Steve, Richard & Dad

Ian, Steve, Richard & Dad

Mum, Dad & Steve

Mum, Dad & Steve

Yvonne, Kevin, Dad, Ian & Richard

Yvonne, Kevin, Dad, Ian & Richard

Written by:
Richard Hartley

Richard is an avid blogger and the founder of Spanish Highs Sierra Nevada. He is author of the Cicerone Guidebook Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada