Dry Plains of Granada & AlmeriaSatellite View
Fuente De Piedra Salt LagoonSatellite View
Laguna de La JandaSatellite View
Marismas Del Odiel & environsSatellite View
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.Satellite View
Tarifa AreaSatellite View
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 TriangleSatellite View
The Sierra del Torcal (or El Torcal)Satellite View
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
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The Nature Guide to the Coto Donana and surrounding coastal lowlandsCrossbill Guides 2005 pp159 ?19.95
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Where to Watch Birds in DonanaFrancisco Chiclana Moreno & Jorge Garzon Gutierrez Lynx Ediciones 2006 pp157 ?16.95
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Where to Watch Birds in Southern and Western Spain: Andalucia, Extremadura and GibraltarErnest Garcia & Andrew Paterson - Christopher Helm (2008) 400 pages, 30 b&w illus, 99 maps
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Asociación Ornitológica ArdeaWebsite
Colectivo Ornitológico Cigüeña NegraWebsite
Fundacion Donana 21Website
Grupo Ornitologico del SurWebsite
Grupo Ornitológico del SurWebsite
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 SocietyWebsite
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...
Odiel Marshes Nature ReserveWebsite
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 AlcornocalesWebsite
Veta La Palma - DonanaWebsite
2002 [April] - John Jennings - South Western SpainReport
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 EatonReport
2003 [April] - Fraser SimpsonReport
2003 [April] - Hans SchickReport
2003 [May] - Steve and Sue WilceReport
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 BowyerReport
2003 [October] Mark Easterbrook - AlmeríaReport
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 HallReport
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 HallReport
2004 [September] - Ian Kinley & Dave ThextonReport
...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 MillerReport
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 ToursReport
2005 [September] - Roy Bottomley, Ronnie Irving, Ian Kinley & Dave ThextonReport
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 SchickReport
2006 [January] - Hans SchickReport
2006 [May] - Richard BonserReport
2006 [May] – Pat & Judy Hayes – DonanaReport
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 HallReport
...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 McCanchReport
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 SchickReport
2007 [January] - John Butler - DonanaReport
2007 [January] - Pam & Frank BryantReport
...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 DaviesReport
2008 [December] - Doñana Bird ToursReport
List of sites and sightings...
2008 [May] - Hans SchickReport
2008 [November] - Donana Bird ToursReport
List of sites and sightings...
2009 [January] - Doñana Bird ToursReport
List of sites and sightings...
2009 [March] - Hans SchickReport
2010 [June] - John CanteloReport
2010 [March] - Mark E P HowsReport
...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 & AndaluciaReport
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 KinleyReport
2011 [June] - James Walsh - Cota DonananReport
Photos and species list..
2011 [May] - Mike Cram & Neville DaviesPDF
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 & GibraltarReport
2012 [September] – Frank Vargas – Tarifa & GibraltarPDF Report
" ... 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 WestReport PDF
...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 [May]- Neil GartshoreReport PDF
Doñana Bird Tours - ArchiveReport
Reports from 2005 to 2007
Andalucian GuidesTour Operator
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 ExperienceTour 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 WalksTour Operator
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...
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Discover AndalucíaTour Operator
Discovering DoñanaTour Operator
Professional guiding and accommodation based in El Rocio...
Doñana Bird ToursTour Operator
Ibex TrexTour Operator
Josele J. SaizTour Operator
Better known for his wonderful birder's guesthouse in the Pyrenees [Boletas]; Josele guides throughout Spain and Morocco...
Julian Sykes Wildlife HolidaysWebsite
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 HolidayTour 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....
Birdwatching tours in Extremadura and all around Spain. Specialist in raptors and steppe birds.
Twitching SpainTour Operator
Buenavista - Las AlpujarrasAccommodation
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 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 HomeAccommodation
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 GrandeAccommodation
Luxury Villa: 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, private garden and pool...
Cortijo La Rijana - MalagaAccommodation
Cortijo La Rijana is a beautiful private house withswimming pool and magnificent views.
El Cortijo Roman - Jimena de la FronteraAccommodation
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 HerraduraAccommodation
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 - AloraAccommodation
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 ApartmentAccommodation
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 VillaAccommodation
The Villa overlooks the golf course and the harbour of Duquesa and is situated half way between Marbella and Gibraltar...
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...
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 RondaAccommodation
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.
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 ParaisosAccommodation
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 CazallaAccommodation
Luxury B&B in terrific birding country...
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 MundoBlog
Birding Axarquia - Bob WrightBlog
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 CostaBlog
Estación de Anillamiento del PadulBlog
Guía Fotográfica de AvesBlog
Mi Cuaderno de CampoBlog
Birding and Banding (ringing) in southern Spain...
Mis encuentros con las avesBlog
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 CampitoBlog
Landscapes and birds from southern Spain. In Spanish...
Bird Ringing in Andalucia SpainWebsite
Birdwatching in Southern SpainWebsite
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.
Guía Visual de Aves de AndalucíaWebsite
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