Pre-Pyrenean crags and gorges

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Pre-Pyrenean crags and gorges

In the western Spanish Pyrenees, the Pre-Pyrenean ranges comprise wild forests, towering peaks with steep cliffs and rock faces, which are crossed by fast-flowing mountain rivers. These offer spectacular natural landscapes with a rich and varied fauna and flora. In addition to a remarkable abundance of wild mammals, the region is rich in bird species living in forest and mountain habitats. It is home to numerous colonies of vultures that permanently adorn the skies. Alongside them, other birds of prey such as bearded vultures, Egyptian vultures, golden eagles and peregrine falcons offer a great incentive for bird lovers.

The main objective of this tour is the observation of the large birds of prey and other rock-dwelling birds in their natural habitat. The scenery that we visit has the beauty and spectacular nature of the wild.

Video of gorges and rocky outcrops

Details of the tour:

 

12:00 Travel through the valley of Romanzado across different gorges of limestone rock and stop at Arbayun. At this place and from a privileged vantage point, we will observe the most spectacular foz in this area and see the birds going about their daily activity.

 

13:00 Trip to the village of Burgui in the Roncal valley. During this journey, we will experience beautiful views of the Pyrenees.

 

14:00 At Burgui we will stop for one and a half hours for lunch, exchange impressions of the trip and to rest.

 

15:30 In the afternoon, we'll travel by road to the gorges of Burgui and Sigues. In addition to numerous vultures, they are host to species of great interest such as bearded vultures, Egyptian vultures, golden eagles and peregrine falcons. We will stop in strategic places to observe the birds.

 

17:30 Our route sees us climb up to a natural mountain viewpoint where you can see the splendid scenery of the Pyrenees. From here, we will observe the return of the vultures to the cornices to spend the night.

 

19:30 Return to your hotel or other accommodation.

 

20:30 End of the tour.

 

 

8:30 Pick up at your hotel or agreed meeting point and travel to the Foz de Lumbier.

 

9:30 Visit to the Foz de Lumbier where we trace the old route of the railway "Irati". On this tour we will consider the internal structure of a foz and the various species of birds that inhabit the area.

 

11:00 Visit to the cesspool of Lumbier from a high observation post. A large number of vultures, crows, kites and Egyptian vultures often come near here.

 

- Warm clothing.

- Sturdy walking shoes.

- Binoculars / telescope.

- Camera.

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The following may be affected by changes due to climatic or seasonal factors or by biological requirements of the wildlife.

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1 to 3 people

129 €

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4 to 8 people

98 €

 

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- Fuel.

- Specialist guide.

- Civil liability insurance.

- Care assistance insurance.

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Bird-watching and studying nature is a fascinating activity. Birds have changing seasonal plumages and frequent certain habitats. Each species behaves in a particular way and makes characteristic sounds. Many live in places of great natural beauty. All this makes the identification of each species an adventure and a challenge for the observer. Each outcome is different and can be full of surprises.

 

The following list is merely indicative and shows some of the spectacular or interesting birds present in the places we visit. Of course there are many more species that may appear before our eyes and, once in a while, you’ll be surprised by observing rare species or unusual birds. Photography, bird guides and binoculars or telescopes will help us positively identify many of the birds that we will observe.

 

Gorges and rocky outcrops ; Birds of interest :

SPECIES

SCIENTIFIC NAME

SPRING

SUMMER

AUTUMN

WINTER

Golden eagle

Aquila chrysaetos

X

X

X

 

Egyptian vulture

Neophron percnopterus

X

X

 

 

Griffon vulture

Gyps fulvus

X

X

X

X

Bearded vulture

Gypaetus barbatus

X

X

X

X

Common kestrel

Falco tinnunculus

X

X

X

X

Booted eagle

Aquila pennata

X

X

 

 

Short-toed snake eagle

Circaetus gallicus

X

X

 

 

Common buzzard

Buteo buteo

X

X

X

X

Black kite

Milvus migrans

X

X

 

 

Red kite

Milvus milvus

X

X

X

X

Peregrine falcon

Falco peregrinus

X

X

X

X

Eurasian sparrowhawk

Accipiter nisus

X

X

X

X

Northern goshawk

Accipiter gentilis

X

X

X

X

Common rock thrush

Monticola saxatilis

X

X

 

 

Blue rock thrush

Monticola solitarius

X

X

X

X

Wallcreeper

Trichodroma muraria

X

X

 

 

Common wood pigeon

Columba palumbus

X

X

X

X

Common raven

Corvus corax

X

X

X

X

Carrion crow

Corvus corone

X

X

X

X

Red-billed chough

Phyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

X

X

X

X

Alpine chough

Phyrrhocorax graculus

X

X

X

X

Eurasian jay

Garrulus glandarius

X

X

X

X

Eurasian crag martin

Ptyonoprogne rupestris

X

X

 

 

Common swift

Apus apus

X

X

 

 

Alpine swift

Apus melba

X

X