I discovered a little gem in the Spanish Pyrenees, which is an ideal location all year round for photographers, birdwatchers and artists, with the Summer months offering opportunities for flower and butterfly enthusiasts. One converted property at 1200 metres, in a village abandoned in the 1970’s is a perfect getaway for groups of up to 6 people. It’s the wildlife that rules up here, no people, no traffic, no pollution, just the sound of birdsong and the gentle chirp of crickets.
For photographers, purpose built hides give unsurpassed opportunities to photograph one of the rarest birds in the world, the Lammergeier. You can’t help but admire these almost mythical birds, with their 11ft wingspan as they cruise within inches of you. Griffon, Monk (Black) and Egyptian Vulture all visit the site, making it one of very few places where close views of all Europe’s Vultures can be had. Another hide has Golden Eagle as a regular visitor and during the summer a hide looking over a pool created by an underground spring brings a great selection of local passerine species. Dartford, Subalpine and Bonelli’s warblers, Rock and Cirl Buntings, Crested Tit, Serin and plenty more visit to drink and bath.
For birders, the use of the hides if desired, plus other local birds to track down like, Rock Thrush, Blue-Rock Thrush, Nightjar, Orphean Warbler, Citril Finch, Cuckoo, Hoopoe, Crossbill, Chough, Alpine Chough, and more.
If the huge diversity of Butterflies and Plants is more your thing, we can call upon the services of Alice Hunter who will help you find and identify the local flora and fauna, including many endemics to The Pyrenees.
The artists won’t know where to start, do you capture the scraps between vultures, elegant Lammergeiers soaring in a blue sky, or just the landscape that changes by the hour as distant mountains appear and disappear as the light conditions alter.
As the sun goes down, the chance to sit out with a glass of wine and listen to nightjars, scope owls and nightingales singing within 100 yards of the terrace, a great way to end the day.
Dates for future tours will be listed on the ‘Tours and workshops‘ page of my wild images website.
Below are some sample images including our accommodation, a sunset view from the front door and some of the great wildlife. If you’d like some information on the tours here, including a ‘taylor made’ option, please drop me a line through the contact form below the images.