Valencia, more then just oranges!

A last minute trip, i would call this. Generally one would visit Spain for bird/landscape photography April though to June. Not many (as far as i know) visit Spain late autumn. So end of November i will be going to Valencia and the surrounding mountain area. Not only a large contingent of (elderly) English and Dutch like the warmer climate of Southern Spain, so do our summer birds! By then most of them will have moved to this part of Europe or have crossed to Northern Africa and even further afield.

i will be spending some time in a number of hides to photograph species like Blackcap, Goldcrest, various warbler species, Goshawk, Mistle Thrush and for me a speciality: Ring ouzel!

Ring ouzel (Photo courtesy Vicente Estelles)

i will also be going to spend some time photographing the wintering Eurasian cranes from a hide, Genet cat and Red legged partridge and anything else that is willing to show up. A visit to the Albufera wetlands near Valencia is also on the agenda. The weather around that time of the year should be decent. It is an area not known for a lot of rainfall and in the mountains (1500M) it can get pretty cold. As always i will be updating my diary on a daily bases, internet permitting, and i hope you will all be following me on this trip

Goshawk (Photo courtesy Antonio Hernandes)


Albufera wetland Valencia (Photo courtesy Salva Llavata)