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Spain Andalucia


Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca ©Francisco José Hernández Fernández http://www.avestrazos.com

Andalusia is one of the most attractive areas around the Mediterranean, owing to the good climate and its natural beauty as well as its rich history and culture. But its impressive historic and cultural heritage are outshone by some of the richest natural areas in the Paleartic; a meeting point of Europe and Africa, which still offer breathtaking landscapes and an unusual fauna and flora. The mild Mediterranean clashes, in Tarifa, with the wild waves coming from the Atlantic Ocean, extensive salty lagoons and wide rivers, the highest ranges in Iberia climbing more than 12,000 feet above sea level, evergreen forests, badlands, fertile plains, wild olive trees, oaks, pinsapo firs, high cliffs, wild beaches and the most important sand dunes and marshes in Europe can be found in the region. A rich avifauna have settled here, more than 250 species are present throughout the year. Doñana area and other important areas offer Andalusian and Iberian specialities: Andalucian Hemipode, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbills, White-headed Duck, Red-knobbed Coot and many others... but which are the best places for birdwatching in this land? Below we set out some of the top spots.

You can enjoy a dream birdwatching holiday in Andalucía - remember to avoid the summer season when the region, mainly inland, is really, really hot!

 
 

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Doñana National Park

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Considered as the most important wetland in Europe and one of the best places for birds in the whole of the Palaearctic region, both for the number of species recorded and for its breeding & wintering importance. Between 300,000 & 400,000 birds settle in Doñana every winter. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded in Doñana, being the most important area in Europe for wintering geese and the second most important breeding area for Spanish Imperial Eagle in the world. Hundreds of birds including raptors, passerines, and sea or wetland birds are seen here, including 80% of all endemic Iberian birds, which are not as easy to see outside the area. Best times to go birding there is from November to June.

Dry Plains of Granada & Almeria

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The Eastern part of Andalucía has some of the best badlands and dry plains in Iberia, unbeatable areas for discovering Larks and other arid area specialities. Try to avoid summer season as it is best from November to June, and watch in the first hours of the day. It is not an easy place for birdwatching, however, it is a rewarding experience. The Hoya de Baza & Guadix (Granada) or Tabernas & Cabo de Gata are the best spots. You need know bird calls sound to easily locate them. Some of the most attractive birds of the area are Great Spotted Cuckoo, Red-necked Nightjar, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, European Roller, Dupont's Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Thekla Lark, Spanish Sparrow, Trumpeter Finch and recently, for the first ever time in Europe, a small breeding population of Cream-coloured Courser.

Fuente De Piedra Salt Lagoon

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The second most important salty lagoon in Spain is 6.5km long and 2.5km wide, and is situated in the geographic centre of Andalusia. Famous for its breeding colony of Greater Flamingo with a variable population (depending on the rainfall) of 8,000 – 12,000 pairs. An important breeding spot for Gull-billed Tern, Slender-billed Gull, Kentish Plover & Montagu's Harrier. The best season extends from December to June; after this, the lagoon dries up presenting a strange reflecting white surface, due to the solid salt cover.

Laguna de La Janda

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For those visiting the Strait of Gibraltar for migration the site is worthwhile to explore. It is not only frequented by thousands of migrating storks and raptors, but is also used as a resting place by many of these birds before continuing on their journey either north or south depending on the season of migration. Spanish Imperial Eagle breed in the area and juveniles from other parts disperse to here during the winter. Good wintering populations of Black-winged Kite along with 000’s of Common Crane make this site an attractive location for birdwatchers at all times of the year. Nearby Vejer de la Frontera also plays host to the wild breeding colony of Northern Bald Ibis, whilst the other attraction is the local presence of breeding Little and White-rumped Swift.

Marismas Del Odiel & environs

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This wetland with wide marshes, sandy spits, coastal dunes, pinewood forests and freshwater lagoons is outstanding for its breeding colonies of Spoonbill (more than 400 pairs) & Little Tern (more than 350 pairs). It is an excellent site for watching plovers, seabirds, cormorants and migrant passerines.

Serranía de Ronda

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Comprising of high limestone mountains, river valleys and ancient forests this gem of a birding site has been largely overlooked. The local infrastructure allows for ease of travel and investigation throughout the whole range of diverse habitats present here. Over 240 species have been recorded in the area, being a particularly high number in an inland zone with no wetlands. The mixed oak forests are home to a range of interesting warblers such as Subalpine, Bonelli’s and Orphean Warbler with the elusive Iberian Chiffchaff also present. Of course the extensive forests are also favoured nesting places for both Booted and Short-toed Snake Eagle. Elsewhere Bonelli’s Eagle is common along with typical passerines such as Black Wheatear, both rock thrushes et al. Good at all times of the year.

Tarifa Area

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Tarifa is the European side of the Straits of Gibraltar and the shortest crossing to Africa. Thousands of birds rest and mass here on their way to Africa, before crossing the 14km of water and reaching the Moroccan coastline. Raptors, Passerines, Swifts, Bustards, Plovers, Sandpipers and many other bird families arrive from all over Europe and can be easily seen from August to November, in their post-nuptial migration.

The Osuna Triangle

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Osuna is in the heart of Steppe country and is surrounded by various lagoons and wetland habitats. It is a rich area for birds and of particular interest is breeding Great and Little Bustard. The focal points forming the Osuna triangle are Marchena, Lantejuela and of course Osuna itself. Between these towns and village is a maize of roads and well maintained tracks, which serve to allow visiting birders to explore and find the area’s specialities such as Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew, Black-winged Kite and a host of other much sought after species. During the summer months Roller, Collared Pratincole and Montagu’s Harrier are common breeding birds, whilst the wetlands hold numbers of tern species and waterbirds. Winter sees Common Crane and raptors stopping over.

The Parque Natural de la Desembocadura del río Guadalhorce

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The location of this small nature reserve makes it worthwhile to include here. Malaga is the most popular entry point for those arriving and departing from Andalucia. This small reserve is only 5 minutes away from the main airport and can provide either an opportunity to introduce yourself to the birds of the region or as a last chance to catch-up on some missed species. The reserve hosts breeding waders and White-headed Duck, whilst the seaward side opens onto the Bay of Malaga, a great place for seawatching and perhaps spot Slender-billed, Audouin’s and Mediterranean Gull. The site is also very good for raptors, with even wintering Booted Eagle being seen here. Rarities are often spotted here and so providing another excuse to visit.

The Sierra del Torcal (or El Torcal)

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The area, designated Natural site of National Interest in 1929, is a relatively small Natural Park Reserve of some 17 square kilometres. The mountain range is easily accessible and is between the cities of Antequera and Malaga. It is a site of particular interest for those wanting to discover the typical mountain birds of the region. Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting can be located here, whilst in winter it can be good for Alpine Accentor and Ring Ouzel. Raptors are well represented with both Bonelli’s and Golden Eagle present all year. Griffon Vulture is common while Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush breed here during the summer months. Normally Ibex are easy to see here and give an added reason to visit.

Pieter Verheij
(Ronda (Málaga), Spain)
pieter.spanish.nature@gmail.comhttp://www.worldwide-birding-tours.com

Jorge Garzón
Coordinador - InvestNatura
(Andalucía - Extremadura - Portugal - Marruecos)
nature@investnatura.org

Finding Birds in Andalucia

- Exactly where to go to see the best birds - Booklet & DVD by Dave Gosney Easybirder 2009 http://www.easybirder.co.uk/easybirder/Andalucia_birding_sites.html See Fatbirder Review
ISBN: 9781907316005
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The Nature Guide to the Coto Donana and surrounding coastal lowlands

Crossbill Guides 2005 pp159 ?19.95
See Fatbirder Review ISBN: 9050112102 Out of Print

Where to Watch Birds in Donana

Francisco Chiclana Moreno & Jorge Garzon Gutierrez Lynx Ediciones 2006 pp157 ?16.95
See Fatbirder Review
ISBN: 8496553205
Buy this book from NHBS.com

Where to Watch Birds in Southern and Western Spain: Andalucia, Extremadura and Gibraltar

Ernest Garcia & Andrew Paterson - Christopher Helm (2008) 400 pages, 30 b&w illus, 99 maps
ISBN: 9780713683158
Buy this book from NHBS.com

Asociación Ornitológica Ardea

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Ante cualquier duda o sugerencia, no dude en ponerse en contacto a través de la siguiente dirección de correo electronic: informacion@ardeabahia.org

Colectivo Ornitológico Cigüeña Negra

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The website of the ornithological group Cigüeña Negra has been modified and numerous pages explain the actual situation of the Tarifa Ornithological Station. There are sections which explain what the centre is and how it functions, how to collaborate, a diary which will keep one abreast of the advances in this project, shots of the actual state of the building and how the Cigüeña Negra group thinks it should be.

Fundacion Donana 21

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Doñana 21 was founded in order to carry out of this Sustainable Development of Doñana and its Environment and was promoted by Junta de Andalucía and the saving banks El Monte... the English version of this site is a machine translation and hard going!

Grupo Ornitologico del Sur

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Local ornithological club of Seville…

Grupo Ornitológico del Sur

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El Grupo Ornitológico del Sur (GOSUR) se fundó en Sevilla a finales de 1979 con anilladores independientes de la Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO BirdLife) y miembros de la Asociación Ándalus…

Siren

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Siren intends to focus attention on this overhead miracle in which birds as small as swallows travel thousands of miles. Tarifa is the centre point of the trip, as Europe and Africa come within 14 km, so the perilous sea crossing (during which up to 15% of the birds die each year) is minimised. Cuckoos, black storks, white storks, red kites, ospreys, honey buzzards, hen harriers, snipe, oystercatchers, avocets, puffins, bee-eaters, gulls, wheatears, wag-tails, warblers, the list of birds who use this crucial bird highway is huge. The effects of any adverse changes at Tarifa will be felt in bird populations throughout Europe. Along their epic journeys, the birds encounter many hazards. A Siren Ecocentre at Tarifa will disseminate information all over Europe to the many migratory humans who come through on their holidays each year...

The Andalucian Bird Society

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Here you will find information on birdwatching in Andalucia. A great resource for exchanging and or getting information on many aspects of birding here in southern Spain. If you intend visiting this area, then an open and free forum allows you to contact locals on specific site or species information. Contibute to our database and conservation efforts by submitting your vacation trip reports and sighting records to the society...

Doñana Biological Station

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The Doñana Biological Station is an institute belonging to the Spanish Research Council. Its goal is the study of terrestrial ecology...

Doñana National Park

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Doñana has a very rich and diverse avifauna, with a total of 365 recorded species of resident and migratory birds. The marsh lies on the west Europe to west Africa migration route and is indispensable as a winter habitat...

Odiel Marshes Nature Reserve

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This 72 square km wetlands reserve lies across the Odiel estuary from Huelva. The Odiel marshes are unspoilt and wild with a large, varied bird population. Some of these birds can be spotted from a 20 km that runs the length of the marshes. In winter there are up to 1000 greater flamingoes and 400 pairs of spoonbill which is around one third of the European population are resident here. Osprey, grey heron and purple heron can also be spied here...

Parque Natural de los Alcornocales

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Descripción del Parque Natural de Los Alcornocales etc...

Veta La Palma - Donana

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...is a clear example of sustainable development helping many jobs to be created as it promotes value for nature and conservation of bird life in the Guadalquivir marshes herby being an example for these areas and other areas in Andalusia... Veta La Palma provee de alimento, además, a numerosas especies de aves acuáticas que desarrollan una parte de su ciclo anual en las Marismas de Doñana, convirtiéndose en un complemento clave para sus supervivencia. Zampullines, multitud de limícolas, o los omnipresentes flamencos son algunos ejemplos. Veta la Palma representa para esta última especie un punto de referencia obligado para la preservación de la colonia de nidificación de la Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, en la provincia de Málaga, la más importante area de cría del flamenco en el Mediterráneo Occidental...

CloudBirders
Trip Report Repository
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features�

2002 [April] - John Jennings - South Western Spain

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This report covers the period from 21st to 28th April 2002 inc. The area covered was the South Western area of Spain from our base, the Hotel Cortijo Blanco nr San Pedro, in the Costa del Sol of Spain. This was not a touristy holiday but a total birding holiday with my new partner in life, Ros. In one week we covered 2,102 km and visited areas as far away as Sierra Nevada and also the Coto Donana (which meant us staying for one night in the delightful sand road village of El Rocio). Over the period of that week we saw some incredible scenery coupled with some equally fantastic birds, of which we listed 130 species over the holiday. The weather was equally incredible as we didn`t see a cloud for the whole week and even as high up as over 8,000 feet (on Sierra Nevada) it was hot. We had read 4 trip reports from contributors to this site and they helped enormously plus I had purchased, about three years ago from Slimbridge, Laurence Rose Where to watch birds in Spain and Portugal. In my opinion an excellent buy. We found a few sites of our own and hope that they might help a few of you that wish to visit this area of Spain...

2002 [January] - James Eaton

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With the cold and birdless days of winter in Derbyshire, We decided to soak up the sun and go birding for a week in Andalucia and Extremadura. We flew from Stansted with Go to Malaga, at only £50 return, you certainly can`t go wrong, and the birds didn`t disappoint. We hired a Citroen Xsara with National, which was adequate, as we did about 1500 miles, luckily it was a diesel, and fuel costing €0.67 a litre, in other words, a lot less than Britain...

2003 [April] - Fraser Simpson

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In early April 2003 I was helping on an ecological genetics university field course based around Zahara-de-los-Atunes (in the province of Cádiz in southwest Spain). Much of the time was spent outdoors which provided the opportunity to note the birdlife in the area around Zahara, Tarifa, Barbate and Parque Natural de los Alcornocales. It was a good time of year to observe some of the northward spring migration of raptors from North Africa...

2003 [April] - Hans Schick

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From April 2–14, 2003 I spent birdwatcing holidays in Andalucía at the southern Atlantic coast of Spain. I booked a stay with half board in the hotel Barrosa Garden in Novo Sancti Petri about 8 km south of Chiclana de la Frontera. At the airport of Jerez de la Frontera I took over a rented car, which I used for my daily excursions along the Atlantic coast between the east bank of the Guadalquivir and the Rock of Gibraltar...

2003 [May] - Steve and Sue Wilce

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Arrived at Malaga Airport at 2.30 pm, weather warm and sunny, picked up the hire car which was waiting for us on our arrival and drove to our accommodation at Cortes de la Frontera Estachion. Found the converted mill we were staying at down a steep drive at the edge of the village. Picked up supplies from the local shop in the village. The choice of food was very limited. Noticed Red Rumped Swallows flying in the mill garden and heard Nightingales singing...

2003 [November] - Paul Bowyer

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This was a short break trip intended to see a few target species – the participants were Paul Bowyer, Stuart Holdsworth and myself, Julian Thomas. There were 7 species (Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Black Vulture, Great Bustard, Azure-winged Magpie, White-headed Duck, and Marbled Duck) needed by some or all of us and available at this time of year, plus Eagle Owl, which Paul and I had only heard. Of these we saw 6, but missed Marbled Duck and Eagle Owl. In addition Paul and I saw our first indisputably wild Red-crested Pochards. In all we recorded just over 100 species in 4 days birding, and all of us agreed it was a successful trip. Cost (excluding meals, drinks etc) was approx. £250.

2003 [October] Mark Easterbrook - Almería

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John Sanders accompanied me and together we saw a total of 129 species, (128 if you don`t count Rock Dove)! A fair total, with migration still in full swing and on one occasion, quite a large fall of migrants occurred following a down poor one night...

2004 [April] - Andy Hall

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Looking at my Western Palearctic list last November I could see a big chunk missing which could be nicely plugged by a trip to southern Spain in late April. When you`ve travelled like I have in the region the ticks come few and far between and the prospect of getting at least six in one week was too good an opportunity to miss...

2004 [October] - Andy Hall

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Faced with a straight choice between Scilly or Europe in mid October, I weighed up the chances of a Western Palearctic lifer and my bank balance. With hindsight the Cream-coloured Couser would have been a welcome British tick, but with my wallet £150+ to the good and a new WP species, Southern Spain was the correct choice. I would again be with my friend and guide Stephen Daly, whose wife was in the advanced stages of pregnancy, but wasn`t due till the 28th...

2004 [September] - Ian Kinley & Dave Thexton

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...The earlier date resulted in a number of differences from previous trips. On the plus side, there was a greater variety of raptors at the Straits of Gibraltar, Bee-eaters were still passing through in the first few days, Alpine Swifts were initially present in some numbers and the weather was much more settled...

2005 [April] - Alan Miller

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The spectacle of thousands of birds at El Rocio marshes from our hotel room, amazing views of Red-necked Nightjar on the road in front of the car, and stunning views in the mountains with raptors circling overhead were some of the highlights of 10 days spent in Southern Spain in April 2005...

2005 [May] - Audouin Birding Tours

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Seville to Malaga including Doñana National Park, Odiel river and salt marshes, Alcornocales Nature Park, Strait of Gibraltar, Sierra de las Nieves...

2005 [September] - Roy Bottomley, Ronnie Irving, Ian Kinley & Dave Thexton

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This was the fourth successive autumn trip to Andalucia for two of us - in this case familiarity has definitely not bred contempt! As ever, the trip proved very enjoyable with excellent birding throughout...

2006 [April] - Hans Schick

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From April 01 – 11, 2006 I spent 11 days in Andalucía for birdwatching. In the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz I visited several places at the coast and in the inland, which are known for their interesting bird life...

2006 [January] - Hans Schick

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From January 04 – 14, 2006 I spent 10 days for birdwatching in Andalucía, mainly in the surroundings of the Doñana National Park...

2006 [May] - Richard Bonser

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...Understandably, this was not to be an intense birding trip but there were a few species that I was keen on seeing – most notably Western Olivaceous Warbler and Common Waxbill that would be additions to my Western Palearctic list as well as reacquainting myself with White-rumped Swift, Little Swift and other Iberian species. I was also keen to get to know the lie of the land in the Tarifa area, where we stayed, as I know that I will be visiting this area in the future in order to attempt to see Ruppell’s Vulture...

2006 [May] – Pat & Judy Hayes – Donana

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With well over 350 species recorded for the area and an attainable trip list of 100-150 species, it seemed the ideal spring trip. Although the likelihood of a lifer was remote, there is something special about birding in southern Europe in...

2007 [February] - Chris Hall

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...Around our thatch rooved cottages known as Chozas, we admire the Spotless Starlings in their immaculately smart navy blue suits, which shine like gloss in the morning sun. In a nearby pond leggy Black-winged Stilts are noisily chasing around like children in a paddling pool, while Cattle and Little Egrets are literally all over the place...

2007 [February] - John Cantelo, John Hollyer & Norman McCanch

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Arriving at Jerez in the dark meant there was no time for birding other than to tick off the Little Owls calling near the house...

2007 [January] - Hans Schick

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From January 04 – 13, 2007 I spent again 10 days in Andalucía in Southern Spain. I visited several well known places in the provinces Málaga, Huelva, Sevilla, and Cádiz for birdwatching...

2007 [January] - John Butler - Donana

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...alongside the Matagordas area of the National Park. We saw Iberian Magpies, Red-legged Partridges, Chiffchaffs, Ravens and a distant Spanish Imperial Eagle, perched atop a dead tree. We returned to the Puente de Ajóli and drove beside the Arroyo de las Cañadas, finding White Storks, Little Egrets, Green Sandpipers, Glossy Ibis, a Grey Wagtail, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, Crested Larks, Black-billed Magpies and a Kingfisher...

2007 [January] - Pam & Frank Bryant

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...After a brief 'settling in' with a welcome cuppa it was time to go exploring on foot and were pleased to find a Sardinian Warbler, a Kestrel, several Black Redstarts and Blackbirds many Goldfinches, Linnets, Chaffinches, Spotless Starlings, House Sparrows and White Wagtails. After explaining to our hosts (our accommodation was attached to the side of their house) about the lack of binoculars they kindly lent us a pair of theirs...

2007 [November] - Colin Davies

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This was a short, weekend break to Coto Donana in South West Spain. Myself, Mike Brown and Paul Bellis flew from Liverpool to Seville with Ryanair on Friday 16th November 2007 and returned on Monday 19th November. Due to the timing of the flights we had two full days in Spain, with very little birding time on either Friday or Monday. However, daylight lasted until about 6:30pm, so it wasn’t as grim as two days in the UK would have been at this time of year...

2008 [December] - Doñana Bird Tours

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List of sites and sightings...

2008 [May] - Hans Schick

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From May 20 – 29, 2008 I spent again 10 days in Andalucía and Extremadura in Spain. I was accompanied by Stefan Wedler. We visited some well known places in the Province of Málaga in Andaucía, but spent most of our time in the Province of Cáceres in Extremadura...

2008 [November] - Donana Bird Tours

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List of sites and sightings...

2009 [January] - Doñana Bird Tours

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List of sites and sightings...

2009 [March] - Hans Schick

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From February 24 – March 07, 2009 I spent again 12 days in Andalucía in Southern Spain. I visited several well known places in the provinces of Málaga, Cádiz, Sevilla, and Huelva for birdwatching...

2010 [June] - John Cantelo

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...Driving back towards Algaida, took a left turn into Bonanza salinas. Here we had a fleeting view of a Common Waxbill before reaching the main salt pans. These proved a disappointment as the high water levels provided little or no feeding habitat for migrating waders – Avocet, Black-winged Stilt & Kentish Plovers alone being in evidence....

2010 [March] - Mark E P Hows

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...We quickly located our target of Spanish ibex with three females on the slopes high up the road, coupled with a bonelli's and a booted eagle this little diversion was quite productive...

2010 [May] - Mark Jarrett - Extremadura & Andalucia

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We flew into Madrid, collected the hire car and travelled the 250 km or so to our base in Torrejon El Rubio, situated on the southern edge of Parque Natural de Monfrague. The weather was cloudy and cool with one or two showers and apart from the odd brief stop, all our birdwatching was done from the car...

2010 [September] - Ian Kinley

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For some of us, this was the sixth autumn trip to this area though the first since 2007.As always, it proved highly enjoyable. Highlights included Ruppell’s Vulture, Eleanora’s Falcon and Little Swift. One of the most pleasing aspects of the trip was the absence of the very strong winds that have so plagued some of our previous visits to the Tarifa area. Our trip coincided with the three day Tarifa Bird Fair – not really our thing – but this had little impact, other than perhaps slightly increasing the number of birders in the area...

2011 [June] - James Walsh - Cota Donanan

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Photos and species list..

2011 [May] - Mike Cram & Neville Davies

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For this trip we chose again to return to Spain, birding the Cadiz region of Andalucia, located on the western edge of The Strait of Gibraltar, close to Cape Trafalgar and the towns of Vejer de la Frontera and Barbate. This is close to Europe's most southerly point and one of the busiest avian migration spots in the world...

2011 [September] – Honeyguide - Tarifa & Gibraltar

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…any number of booted and short-toed eagles, many black kites, Egyptian and mostly more distant griffon vultures, a scattering of honey buzzards, a small group of lesser kestrels…

2012 [September] – Frank Vargas – Tarifa & Gibraltar

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" ... we headed back to the raptor observation point of Cazalla, from where dozens of booted eagles, short-toed eagles, white storks, black storks and griffon vultures came close. Also, a couple of Egyptian vultures flew over us. In that gorgeous sky, full of activity, pallid and white-rumped swifts and bee-eaters kept flying close around us."

2013 [April] - Steve West

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...We spent the next couple of hours walking and birding the saltpans and enjoying close views of a large number of waders, including Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Kentish and Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone, as well as Little Terns, a single Mediterranean Gull, and unbeatable views of Sardinian Warbler, a thing that Chris had specially requested....

2013 [February] - Chris Durdin - Tarifa & Gibraltar

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The flamingos were a notably deep pink, and there was also a clear pinky tone to the plumage of many slender-billed gulls that seemed especially at home in the lagoons, feeding energetically in a leaning-forward method that gave a distinctive jizz. A single spoonbill and a distant osprey added to the mix...

2013 [May]- Neil Gartshore

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...The journey into Spain didn’t take long with a few birds en route, including White Stork, Red-rumped Swallow and Azure-winged Magpie starting off the trip list. Just before Huelva we turned off at the Odiel Marshes with a first stop by the small lagoon near to the main salt extraction depot...

Doñana Bird Tours - Archive

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Reports from 2005 to 2007

Andalucian Guides

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Right at the southern tip of the European mainland is Andalucia and the Costa de la Luz. This is one of the prime birding areas in southern Spain. Almost one-fifth of Andalucia`s total area has protected status for nature, with a wonderful variety of habitats, from wetlands & mudflats to dunes & desert and of course not forgetting the sierras, making it a perfect place for birdwatching. Andalucia is certainly one of the most colourful European birding destinations just by the sheer volume and superb range of species...

Andalucian Wildlife Experience

Tour Operator

We offer an exclusive and excitingly planned five day experience, visiting some of the most prolific birding, wildlife and historical areas in southern Spain . Whilst Andalucia's birdlife and its other wildlife are fascinating throughout the year, this region of Andalucía, in particular, plays host to the remarkable spectacle of the spring and autumn migrations...

Aviantours

Tour Operator

Aviantours promises to teach the art of bird photography & digiscoping as well as offering birdwatching tours in Spain, Morocco & Gibraltar....

Axarquia Birding Tours - Guided Bird Walks

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Guided Bird Walks in the Axarquia area of Malaga and immediate surrounds. Bob Wright, based in the stunningly beautiful mountains above Lake Vinuela, is able to provide accompanied Bird Walks/Tours in the area to the east of Malaga and to other great neighbouring sites for a wide variety of bird species...

Birding Pal

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Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...

Discover Andalucía

Tour Operator

Discover Andalucía with southern Spain`s number 1 adventure agency. We are the specialists in activity holidays dedicated to the travel professional and group organiser. James Stuart - info@discoverAndalucia.com

Discovering Doñana

Tour Operator

Professional guiding and accommodation based in El Rocio...

Doñana Bird Tours

Tour Operator

With Doñana Bird Tours you will receive personal, friendly service from experienced, enthusiastic, English, French, German and Spanish speaking guides. We live in the region and are constantly in touch with the local scene. We will do our very best to cater for your individual needs. We are also able to arrange tours in the Sierra de Aracena and Extremadura...

Ibex Trex

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Ibex Trex offers amazing wildlife days and weeks. Wildlife days can be incorporated into tailor made itineraries to give individuals and groups a good in-depth introduction to the regions’ best wildlife or to pursue your interests in the regions diverse flora and fauna. Alternatively, you can enjoy a full week visiting many differing habitats, observing the vast array of wildlife this excellent region has to offer...

Josele J. Saiz

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Better known for his wonderful birder's guesthouse in the Pyrenees [Boletas]; Josele guides throughout Spain and Morocco...

Julian Sykes Wildlife Holidays

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This week involves so much more than watching the spectacular raptor migration across the Straits of Gibraltar. We will also be visiting many premier sites along the beautiful Costa de la Luz. This is a one centre holiday staying at a fantastic hotel situated between the main towns of Algeciras & Tarifa...

Lemon Valley Independent Birdwatching & Culture Holiday

Tour Operator

Birding trips - A variety of habitats can be found in the 1000km squared area of La Axarquia. Its steep hills with deep valleys has prevented the introduction of modern farming methods, enabling the flora and fauna of the area to remain stable, unlike many other parts of Europe....

Spainbirds

Tour Operator

Birdwatching tours in Extremadura and all around Spain. Specialist in raptors and steppe birds.

Twitching Spain

Tour Operator

Bird watching holidays in the Spanish region of Andalucia that are fully guided and include accommodation. With our holidays we take you to some of the more remote locations that others don’t. We also make sure that you get a full 5 days birding…

Buenavista - Las Alpujarras

Accommodation

The self-catering spacious holiday accommodation, or casita, is located in Orgiva, 55 minutes from Granada and Andalucia`s most precious monument, the Alhambra Palace, an hour from the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort and 30 minutes from the Mediterranean coast. Las Alpujarras and birdwatching are one! The richness of the different flora and fauna make the Sierra Nevada National Park a very special place for birdwatching...

Casa Ana

Accommodation

Casa Ana is a beautifully restored 400-year-old country house in the Alpujarras on the borders of the Sierra Nevada National Park in Andalucia. Here you'll find comfortable and spacious holiday accommodation with peaceful gardens, secluded terraces and magnificent mountain views...

Casa El Rocío Holiday Home

Accommodation

3 bedroom holiday house, with golf and pool views, 10 minutes to beach and amenities. Suitable for families due to the child friendly nature of the community and area. Also perfect for golfers, walkers and cyclists...

Casa Verde - Alhaurin el Grande

Accommodation

Luxury Villa: 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, private garden and pool...

Cortijo La Rijana - Malaga

Accommodation

Cortijo La Rijana is a beautiful private house withswimming pool and magnificent views.

El Cortijo Roman - Jimena de la Frontera

Accommodation

The location of the farm makes it an ideal place for combining many interests. Cortijo Roman provides family-friendly accommodation in tranquil rural surroundings which are a paradise for walking, bird watching, wild flower spotting and for nature lovers of all types and ages. The Parque Natural de los Alcornocales is one of the most important protected habitat areas in Andalucia and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is home to a large and varied wildlife population and is is particularly renowned for the exceptionally wide range of both wild flowers and birds...

El Roble Holidays - Alhaurin el Grande, near Malaga.

Accommodation

Andalucia Tourist Board registered holiday villas and apartment for 2 to 5 guests, open all year round, with hot tubs and / or swimming pools set overlooking private woodland with views to the Sierra de Mijas. A/C, heating, sat TV, DVD, wifi, baby equipment available for hire. 3kms from Alhaurin el Grande, 1.5 kms from country bars and restaurants, 30 minutes from Malaga Airport. Centrally located for exploring Andalucia, Costa del Sol and Gibraltar. Tel: (UK) 01244 312788 or (0034) 652082363

Finca La Herradura

Accommodation

Our cottages in Spain and our olive farm location won "Best Place To Stay in Europe" in "The Times Travel Green Spaces Awards 2008" We are situated in the foot hills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, an area known as Las Alpujarras. Our olive farm covers over 40 acres of terraces, fields and hillsides..

Finca Los Limoneros - Alora

Accommodation

Finca Los Limoneros is a country villa with its own pool, on the fringe of the beautiful yet vibrant white town of Alora, yet is in the countryside with magnificent views of the lush Rio Guadalhorce Valley. An easy 30 minute drive inland from Malaga airport and the beaches of the Costa del Sol... The Abigail ApartmentOur one bedroom apartment, the Abigail, is NOW OPEN FOR ONLINE BOOKING from 26 April 2003.

Fuente de Piedra Apartment

Accommodation

Lovely, two-bedroom apartment for rent in Fuente de Piedra, Andalusia, Spain. Fully furnished, new flat in the town centre, with nearby shops, bars, restaurants etc. A 5 minute drive, or 10 minute walk from the famous lake...

Las Brisas Villa

Accommodation

The Villa overlooks the golf course and the harbour of Duquesa and is situated half way between Marbella and Gibraltar...

Montejaque Apartment

Accommodation

This terraced cottage is available for let in the beautiful village of Montejaque. The two bedroom house, built in 2002, sleeps up to four persons, is fully air-conditioned and is located within the village itself. The property shares a private communal swimming pool...

Montejaque Cottages

Accommodation

The white village of Montejaque is situated high in the Natural Park of Grazalema surrounded by mountains and cork oak forests. It nestles in a rocky hillside above a fertile green valley of olive and almond groves. Steep cobbled streets cut between whitewashed cottages whilst on the edge of the village sheep and goat bells can be heard ringing below soaring eagles and vultures...

Montejaque, near Ronda

Accommodation

A village cottage (sleeps four) with use of nearby private pool. Montejaque lies on the edge of a National Park, a bird-watchers dream and, particularly in the spring, ablaze with colour from the mass of wild flowers. It is good walking country too, with numerous mule tracks through the hills.

Sotogrande Apartments

Accommodation

Situated directly on the beachfront of Playa de Casares, between Estepona and Sotogrande, on this popular stretch of coastline with breathtaking views across the Mediterranean Sea as far the tip of North Africa...

Villa Los Paraisos

Accommodation

Villa Los Paraisos is a lovely B&B outside Seville in Spain. Bird watching is a very popular pastime in the area as we have a very wide variety- Spanish Imperial eagle, hawks, flamingoes, storks, egrets, vultures and many more.

Villa Los Paraisos - La Puebla de Cazalla

Accommodation

Luxury B&B in terrific birding country...

Vivasiesta

Accommodation

Self catering Rural Tourism in Andalucia allows you to experience the people, the language, the food, the many fiestas, the culture and traditions of the Moorish white villages. From your house or cottage rental, you can tour the great cities of Antequera, Malaga and Granada. Take a short drive to the deserted coves near Maro or the tourist beaches of Nerja, returning each evening to the tranquility and stunning landscapes of rural Andalucia...

Aves que puedes ver en Jerez y en el Mundo

Blog

Hola, somos Sole y Yoli, nos gusta mucho estudiar la naturaleza. En este blog os mostraremos como se puede observar mucha biodiversidad en tu propia ciudad. Nos hemos centrado en los pájaros y en nuestra ciudad, Jerez. Es posible que pienses que en la ciudad solo hay gorriones, con nuestra cámara y mucha paciencia te mostraremos que hay muchas más especies. Esperamos que te diviertas al descubrirlas...

Birding Axarquia - Bob Wright

Blog

Birding Axarquia with Bob Wright is an introduction to the birds to be found in the Axarquia area of the Costa del Sol, Spain and the surrounding area. All are invited to comment upon entries and forward their own contribution(s). This site also, until further notice, incorporates the activities of the Axarquia Bird Club...

Birding the Costa

Blog

'Birding the Costa' is a blog spot for English speaking birders anywhere in Andalucía whose Spanish is not up to scratch. It is not just about rarities, although details will be posted of these...

Estación de Anillamiento del Padul

Blog

Página para dar a conocer los trabajos de anillamiento de aves que se realizan en la Estación Ornitológica...

Guía Fotográfica de Aves

Blog

Photo blog...

Iberianat

Blog

New blog by Vicen Roes naturalist (birdwatcher) and wildlife artist…

Mi Cuaderno de Campo

Blog

Birding and Banding (ringing) in southern Spain...

Mis encuentros con las aves

Blog

Birds of the Natural Park Bay of Cadiz and its surroundings…

Never Mind The Finnsticks - Read The Blog!

Blog

First off, Finnsticks are great! I don't have one yet but after this year's strenuous raptor watching, I feel I need one to ease the strain on my shoulders and neck. Always a problem (for me anyway) during an intensive and prolonged migration season down this way.... But what I really want to say is.....

Nosgusta el Campito

Blog

Landscapes and birds from southern Spain. In Spanish...

Only Birds

Blog

‘I'm a Spanish birder girl. In my blog, I talk about the birds of my country.‘ Birding BLOG from the Cadiz birder….

Bird Ringing in Andalucia Spain

Website

Banding birds in southern Spain…

Birdcadiz

Website

Birding in South Andalusia: Straits of Gibraltar, Janda, Doñana etc…

Birding Cadiz

Website

Why a site devoted to birding in Cadiz province? Well, in my opinion it's one of the best all round areas for birding in Spain (and hence Europe). Happily, that's not just my opinion as Cadiz has been called "probably the best (Spanish) province for a single-base.……birding visit" (Garcia & Patterson); in my view the only matter for dispute is that "probably"! However, unlike other regions in Spain, it doesn't seem to get quite the level of attention and recognition that it deserves...

Birdwatching in Southern Spain

Website

Andalucia has much more under the sun than flamenco music and impressive Moorish cities and culture. Almost one-fifth of Andalucia's total area has protected status, with the variety of habitats, from wetlands to desert, making it an interesting place for bird-watching. Andalucia and bird-watching are one - whether you are on holiday or a resident.

Easybirder

Website

Hi, I’m Dave Gosney, the author of the Finding Birds in... series of books. I‘m in the process of updating the books and producing DVDs to go with them to give you an even better idea of where and how to find the best birds when you go birding abroad...

Guía Visual de Aves de Andalucía

Website

Photographic guide to the birds of Andalucía - En este sitio web se exponen fotografías de la avifauna andaluza, ya sean especies estivales, invernantes, en paso u ocasionales, diferenciando las distintas edades y sexos. Todas las imágenes que se muestran han sido tomadas por socios de la Asociación…

Artist - Francisco José Hernández Fernández

Gallery

Excellent Spannish wildlife artist - terific etchings, sketches etc. of birds...

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