Day 1 – ALBUFERA AND SON REAL Welcome at hotel and briefing for the following days.Our first wildlife (birding) tour is in the Albufera Natural Park, the firstprotected area of the Balearic Islands, and its largest wetland, covering 1700 ha. Lunch, traditional rice dish, in a warm and very familiar restaurant of Sa Pobla. In the afternoon we will visit Son Real, a Little visited public farmland estate, and a genuine mosaic of fantastic coastal Mediterranean landscapes: low scrubland, Aleppo pine forests, sand dunes, cultivated fields and grazing livestock. The prehistoric necrópolis, and other archaeological and historic sites can be visited. 18:30 – Return to the hotel. Highlights: Albufera wetland – Red-crested Pochard, Little Grebe, Bitterns and herons, Osprey, Red-knobbed Coot, Purple Gallinule, Moustached Wabler, Reed Bunting Son Real – mediterranean warblers, including our endemic Balearic Warbler, Booted Eagle, Stone Curlew, Kentish Plover, Adouin’s Gull.
Day 2: CABRERA ISLAND Full day in the National Park of Cabrera, a pristine Mediterranean island sanctuary lying 5 km off the South Coast of Mallorca. Cabrera is a birdwatchers Paradise, famous for its migrants, seabirds,, including the Balearic Shearwater, and raptors. Cabrera is a hotspot of biodivesity, a Galapagos of Mediterranean, with an exceptional concentration of endemic species, such as 10 subspecies of the endemic Lifford’s Wall Lizard. Hightlights -: Balearic Shearwater, Scopoli’s Shearwater, Audouin’s Gull, Mediterranean Shag, Storm Petrel, Bootlenosed Dolphin, Eleonora’s Falcon, Peregrine Falcon and Osprey.
DAY 3 – FORMENTOR AND BÓQUER VALLEY 8:45 – Formentor and the Vally of Boquer are famous for its migrants, raptors and admired landscapes. During the morning we will visit Formentor, a packed universe of experiences: the massive coastal cliffs near the lighthouse, Albercutx watch tower, where you can virtually touch the migrating raptors, or Cases Velles, a small forest full with the chorus of the spring and autumn migrants. 13:00 – Lunch in Pollença 14: 30-In the afternoon we will visit the valley Boquer for more exciting observations of migrants, and near the coast we can observe the sparkling Blue Rock Thrush 18:00 – Return to the hotel. Highlights: Spring and autumn migrants (raptors and songbirds), seabirds, Osprey, Eleonora’s Falcon, Balearic warbler, Balearic Crossbill, Balearic Spotted Flycatcher and Blue Rock Thrush.
Day 4- TRAMUNTANA MOUNTAINS Today we will visit the heart of the Northern Mountain Range of the island of Mallorca, famous for its raptors and its fascinating endemic wildlife, that survives on the high mountain tops and in the inaccessible gorges. The tour will start at the Cuber reservoir, surrounded by the highest mountain peaks of Mallorca. This is territory of the Black Vulture and the great raptors of the island, but we can also get a glimpse of two of the less well know birds of Cuber, the Spectated Warbler and the Rock Thrush. 13:00 – Visit the Monastery of Lluc and Lunch, typical Mallorcan cuisine.. 15: 15- We will end the day with a pleasant walk through the Holm Oak forests that surround the monastery of Lluc, the dramatic Karst features, and the polje of Aubarca 17:30 – Return to hotel. Highlights: Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Raven, Booted Eagle, Blue Tit and Chaffinch.
Day 5 9:00 – A travel back in time to an Island that was only know to a handful of illustrated travelers. In the heart of Mallorca we will visit a Mediterranean farm estate. During centuries, manhas domesticated this harsh and arid landscape, every tree and Stone wall is placed where it should be, this is the masterpiece of a great gardener. The open countryside are good for Stone Curlew and Thekla Lark, while the Wryneck can be Heard calling from the almond groves. The low scrubland are good areas for orchids and to get a glimpse of the Hermann’s tortoise. Lunch at the farm, with the friendly family that lives on the farm.. 18:00 – Return to the hotel. Highlights: Red-legged Partridge, Stone Curlew, Booted Eagle and Mediterranean warblers.
Day 6 -SALOBRAR DE CAMPOS. 8:30 am – We reserve our last day for the industrial Salinas “saltpans” of Campos, the second largest wetland of Mallorca. This is a landscape engineered by man to obtain salt, the White gold of the Mediterranean. The open pools of brackish wáter are visited during spring, late summer and autumn by Flamingos and migrating waders. Our tour will include a short visit to the industrial salt processing area of the salinas. 13:00 – Lunch at Campos Hightlights: Flamingo, Osprey, Avocet, Shelduck, Black winged Stilt and Kentish Plover.