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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

This is one of the most famous birdwatching localities in Europe, a national park of major international importance. On the north-western bank of the Guadalquivir river is a vast area which seasonally floods to produce marshes or marismas, but there are also a number of other lakes and pools as well as vast areas of rice paddies which are often flooded. Amongst the thousands of waterbirds which are attracted here are small numbers of Red-knobbed Coot, Marbled Duck, White-headed Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Duck and Purple Gallinule. A variety of herons and warblers also breed, as do Collared Pratincole, Gull-billed Tern, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Red-necked Nightjar, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Azure-winged Magpie and Lesser Short-toed Lark. Birds of prey are exceptionally numerous here including several pairs of Spanish Imperial Eagles and now Black-shouldered Kites too. In winter there are also cranes and Little Bustards. Although the most special parts of the reserve are inaccessible to the public, this book describes a number of sites and routes on the periphery of the reserve where all of these species have been seen, though some of them are elusive.

All the sites in this section are treated, in detail and with precise maps and directions, in my book ‘Finding Birds in Andalucia’

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The Coto Doñana

There are separate pages in this website for the following areas within Donana: La Rocina, El Rocio, El Acebuche and Dehesa de Abajo. The areas to the east of the Guadalquivir are also treated separately. However, please use this space to add any comments about birds seen around the Jose Valverde centre, the tracks north of there and the many areas of rice paddies such as Isla Major