Top Ten Spain Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Go Birding in a NP
By Miles Roddis

It's a good thing that Doqana is Spain's largest national park. After all, it needs to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of birds that are resident, seasonal, or just making a stopover on the long-haul flight between northern Europe and Africa. Flat, open horizons like a watery Montana embrace a landscape of salt marshes, shallow lagoons, and shifting sand dunes, while colonies of herons, spoonbills, and storks make the cork oak trees their second home. The park hosts around 250 bird species—including, at the last count, 15 pairs of imperial eagles (about 15 percent of the world population), and an additional 100 occasional alighters.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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