"Un dia molt ben aprofitat! Per sobre de tot descobrint un món nou gràcies a la passió i el coneixement del Carles per les aus"
David Camaxo. Barcelona, Catalunya. 25 de Gener, 2014. Delta de l'Ebre; Tour 1 Dia
"He tingut l'oportunitat de passar un cap de setmana amb el Carles recorreguent les estepes de Lleida i la Serra del Boumort; he quedat impressionat amb els seus coneixements sobre les aus i el seu tracte amable. Aconsello no tant sols a un aficcionat a les aus, si no a qualsevol que desitji tenir un contacte diferent amb la natura que hi vagi a alguna d'aquestes excursions. Ha estat el meu primer tour amb Barcelona Birding Point i he tingut l'oportunitat de veure més de 60 espècies d'aus a més de paisatges realment bells.
Jo, per la meva part, penso repetir. Aquesta afició "enganxa" i confio en augmentar la meva llista d'aus observades en properes ocasions. Jo et diria, prova-ho! No te'n penediras."
Josep del Haro. Barcelona, Catalunya. 17 de Juny, 2013. Rapinyaires & Aus Estepàries; Tour 2 Dies
"My wife and I just completed a wonderful 5 day trip with Carles Oliver. Carles is an excellent naturalist, a superb companion and a truly excellent organizer and guide.
All aspects of our trip were handled with a tremendous amount of care and professionalism. During planning, Carles was extremely patient and helpful. He was receptive to our ideas and gave us clear expectations about what we could see and do given our schedule and interests. He planned the perfect trip for what we wanted.
During the tour itself, Carles was reliable, punctual, kind, enthusiastic and above all, an expert field biologist. He seems to know the exact location of every good bird in Catalonia. We saw the big 4 targets (2 bustards, 2 sandgrouse) in our first 24 hours and got almost everything else we were looking for because of his excellent preparation and local knowledge. Further, our vehicle was well maintained and clean and he selected excellent accommodations for us along the way.
We had several truly memorable experiences on the trip. Of particular note were the incredible night trip to find owls and nightjars and our stay in the Pyrenees where we had excellent hikes and lovely accommodation at Cal Calsot.
Without reservations, we recommend Carles' services."
Douglas & Catherine Ruff. Pennsylvania, US. May 31th to June 4th, 2013. 4-days Birding in the Pyrenees plus 1 day for Steppe birds
"I spent an excellent day with Carles in his one-day itinerary in April, he was a superb guide, very accommodating and knowledgeable , and showed me an amazing range of 112 species of birds. I would highly recommend his services." (read +)
Jonathan Mercer. Oxford, England. April 19th, 2013. Wetlands & Wheatears 1-day Itinerary
“ My wife and I spend two days with Carles, one in the local massif and one in the general area of the Llobregat. He is a really nice guy and complements his deep local birding knowledge with an easy style and charm.
Carles was always happy to try a new location and made sure that we both got good views of all the birds he uncovered for us. Special mention to a flock of Rock Sparrows that we pursued relentlessly in the midday heat and saw spectacularly once they had settled! The Rock Thrush, the vast array of warblers and especially the fantastic two hours at the hide at the Llogregat are never to be forgotten. Thanks Carles, I’ll be back in the winter for Snow Finch & Wallcreeper!”
Ciaran Meegan. Dublin, Ireland. April 11th & 14th, 2013. Wetlands & Wheatears and Steppe & more 1-day Itineraries
"On April 2nd 2013 we did a day-tour with Barcelona Birding Point visiting Los Monegros steppes, a restored wetland in Lleida and a beautiful spot closer to Barcelona. Carles is an excellent guide and great company. We saw 77 species of birds that day. Having spent a week birding in Catalonia last year it was a challenge to find new lifers for us but Carles managed it: Penduline Tits building its nest! Other highlights were both species of Sandgrouse, Short-toed and Bonelli's Eagles, singing Dupont's Larks, a beautiful flock of Red-billed Choughs, Western Black-eared- and Black Wheatears, Great-spotted Cuckoo and Stone Curlew. All of it in a spectacular setting of beautiful landscapes. We will be back for more."
Bauke Kortleve. Amsterdam, The Nederlands. April 2nd, 2013. Costumized 1-day Itinerary
"I've come back from a 12 days tour in Morocco led by Carles. The tour has been fantastic. I've seen almost all species targeted with great sights to Black-crowned Tchagra, Double-Spurred Francolin, Thick-billed Lark, Desert Sparrow and Bonelli's Eagle among many other. I would highly recommend him for his deep knowledge of the birds and the country and also for his pleasent personality".
Andrzej Borowiak. Poznan, Poland. March 26th, 2013. Costumized tour to Morocco
"In December 2012 I was in the 7-days long Ebro Basin in Winter Tour. I enjoyed the tour very much. It was well-organized and informative. We watched almost all birds from the planned list with great views of Wallcreeper, Great Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Lammergeier and Moustached Warbler among many other. Carles Oliver is a very competent guide with a deep knowledge on species and places to see them. The tour was also very comfortable, with optimal route, good accomodation and tasty local food."
Anna Danilova. Moscow, Russian Federation. December 20th, 2012. Ebro Basin in Winter Tour
"I have returned from a multi-day Catalonia & Aragon Grand Tour in Spain with Barcelona Birding Point, led by Carles Oliver. I so thoroughly enjoyed myself that I wanted to take the iniciative and write a very positive recommendation. The Tour visited three habitats that were clearly selected to show off the beauty and diversity in and around Catalonia and, more importantly, to produce the maximum number of bird species -the Ebro Delta (wetlands), Los Monegros (steppes) and the Pyrenees (hills and mountains).
As a mostly a "New World" based birder, most of the close to 200 species resident and migrant birds that I saw were new for me, but I also appreciated the fact that I saw many birds that are not easily seen such as Bonelli's Eagle, Little and Great Bustards, Sandgrouses, Eleonora's Falcon, and Red-footed Falcon.
Carles led the tour with great skill. He has a mastery of bird songs and calls, has an intimate knowledge of the most productive areas, and he is exceedingly persistent and patient in getting sightings. These qualities along with his very pleasant personality made the trip enjoyable in every respect".
Jerome H. Black. Mont-real, Quebec, Canada. May 31th, 2012. Catalonia & Aragon Grand Tour
"Carles led a fantastic, one-day tour of the Steppes region in April 2012. We saw every one of my target species with great looks at Little Bustard, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Little Owl, Little Crake as well as raptors, larks, shorebirds and warbler. Carles set the proper tone and pace for the tour, maximizing every opportunity to see as many birds as possible as seeing each well. He matched a good knowledge of the birds and where to find them with a pleasant personality that I found engaginband enjoyable. I recommend him highly."
Bruce Stevenson. New York, US. April 11th, 2012. 1-day Steppe & more Itinerary