Photographic hides Pyrenean Capercaillie

The Pyrenean capercaillie display is amazing and can be photographed in our hides.

Pyrenean Capercaillie, Pyrenean Capercaillie Photographic Hides

Seasons: May – June

Max People: 3

Aran valley, Lleida

Price: from 250€

About our Photographic hides Pyrenean Capercaillie

The Val d’Aran (Aran valley) is a gorgeous glacial valley located in the northernmost part of the province of Lleida, on the northern slopes of the Pyrenees.

It is home to the source of the River Garonne, one of the great French rivers, and is home to a wide variety of mountain habitats, from lakes and glacial cirques to extensive forests of black pine, Scots pine, beech and Atlantic oak.

The excellent state of conservation of these habitats also explains why the valley is home to the most characteristic species of Pyrenean fauna and flora, which can be observed and photographed in a landscape of incomparable beauty.

For this purpose, WildWatching Spain is collaborating with local photographer Javier Montes, who has official permit to install portable photographic hides for photographing Pyrenean capercaillie.

The photography of this spectacular bird will take place from 1 May to 10 June 2024.

Pyrenean Capercaillie, Pyrenean Capercaillie Photographic Hides


Pyrenean capercaillie: 3 places per day.

Two different periods: central rut from 8-31 May and accessory rut from 1-7 May and 1-10 June.


3oo€ per person per day during the central rutting season and 250€/person and day during the accessory rutting season.

Pyrenean Capercaillie, Pyrenean Capercaillie Photographic Hides

Technical advice and materials

Please note that to photograph this species it will be necessary to meet the activity guide the day before the booking at 16:00h at Carrèr deth Rosèr, 13, 25539 Betrén, Lleida.

The necessary equipment includes a rucksack, a sleeping bag for low temperatures, mountain boots and mountain clothes. A waterproof jacket and a warm polar fleece.

A sandwich for dinner, and water.

Telephoto lens (a least 300mm to 500mm), tripod, several charged batteries and the necessary accessories.

The ascent to the leak takes between 30 and 45 minutes, and is fairly steep. The guide will walk very slowly and with patience.

If you are not in top physical condition, it may be better to book at the end of May or in June to avoid snow.

Enjoy some pictures taken in our Pyrenean Capercaillie Photographic hides

How to get there?

The Aran valley is accessible from the north via France on the A64 Pyrenees motorway, taking exit number 17 towards Luchon. This road then links up with the N-125 towards Spain.

From the south, it can be accessed through the Vielha tunnel on the N230 via the road to Pont de Suert.

Finally, from the east, the valley can be reached on the C28 via the Bonaigua pass.

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