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 that summers are hot, so its best to avoid the midday heat and relax with a cool drink and enjoy birding mornings and late afternoon and evenings.
Doñana National Park
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
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
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
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
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.
Parque Natural de la Desembocadura del río Guadalhorce
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.
Serranía de Ronda
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 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
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 Sierra del Torcal (or El Torcal)
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.
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 lowlands
Crossbill Guides 2005 pp159 ?19.95
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Where to Watch Birds in Donana
Francisco Chiclana Moreno & Jorge Garzon Gutierrez Lynx Ediciones 2006 pp157 ?16.95
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ISBN: 8496553205Buy 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: 9780713683158Buy this book from NHBS.com
Asociación Ornitológica Ardea
Ante cualquier duda o sugerencia, no dude en ponerse en contacto a través de la siguiente dirección de correo electronic: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colectivo Ornitológico Cigüeña Negra
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
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 Ornitológico del Sur
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…
Grupo Ornitologico del Sur
Local ornithological club of Seville…
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
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 National Park
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
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
Descripción del Parque Natural de Los Alcornocales etc…
Veta La Palma - Donana
…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…
Guides & Tour Operators
Andalucia Nature Trips
Andalucia Nature Trips was born from a long and rich experience enjoying nature and sharing feelings with my fellow travellers. Since I am a kid, I listen birds singing in my parents’ garden, look for flowers, walk along the French coast gazing at birds, or I just go fishing with my dad and granddad, hike in the forest close to my sport school and pick up some nice smelling flowers…
Andalucian Wildlife Experience
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 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
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…
Come and discover our beautiful sites and birds!
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…
Professional guiding and accommodation based in El Rocio…
Doñana Bird Tours
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 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
Better known for his wonderful birder's guesthouse in the Pyrenees [Boletas]; Josele guides throughout Spain and Morocco…
Julian Sykes Wildlife Holidays
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
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.
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…
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.
2007 [01 January] - Hans Schick
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 [01 January] - John Butler - Donana
…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 [02 February] - Chris Hall
…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 [02 February] - John Cantelo, John Hollyer & Norman McCanch
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 [11 November] - Colin Davies
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 [05 May] - Hans Schick
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 [11 November] - Donana Bird Tours
List of sites and sightings…
2008 [12 December] - Doñana Bird Tours
List of sites and sightings…
2009 [01 January] - Doñana Bird Tours
List of sites and sightings…
2009 [03 March] - Hans Schick
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 [03 March] - Mark E P Hows
…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 [09 September] - Ian Kinley
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 [09 September] – Honeyguide - Tarifa & Gibraltar
…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 [09 September] – Frank Vargas – Tarifa & Gibraltar
" … 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 [02 February] - Chris Durdin - Tarifa & Gibraltar
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 [04 April] - Steve West
…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 [05 May] - Neil Gartshore
…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…
2013 [09 September] - Kathie Claydon
…We had several days of impressive migration movement and many days with good numbers of raptors, storks and Bee Eaters passing through. On clear days birds were passing very high but on days when they could not cross the Strait because of strong winds and poor visibility (many raptor species will not cross if they cannot see the Moroccan coastline) we had fantastic close, low views of birds milling around the coast and valleys….
2014 [03 March] – Chris Durdin – Tarifa & Gibraltar
We had a date this morning: to meet El Grupo Ornitológico del Estrecho (GOES – The Ornithological Group of the Strait). The rendez-vous was some wild olive scrub on the edge of Algeciras which, we heard, had been in and is now out of the Natural Park. A bird ringing session was underway, and one GOES group member was taking feather mites from captured passerines as part of a detailed study….
2014 [04 April] - Fraser Simpson - Zahara de los Atunes
This was another university field course trip based around Zahara de los Atunes on the Costa de la Luz in Cadiz province in south-west Spain. Much of the time was spent around Zahara, Barbate and the Valle de Ojén in the Parque Natural de Los Alcornocales. Some time was possible for birding but in general the following notes document the observations at the various student study sites…
2014 [09 September] - Ed O'Hara - Donana
Today was a day I had long cherished, my first visit to the famous Donana National Park....
2014 [09 September] - Mark Graham
...On the day we arrived there were reports of 35 Greater Flamingos on the reserve. I finally caught up with them on the 19th when there were 64 in a flock. In the adjacent lagoon there were 17 Spoonbill which were seen on other days[6 on the 16th,26 on the 20th,and 1 on 21st]. Kentish Plover were seen most days often into double figures. Ringed Plover were very common and I counted 38 on the bird hide marsh alone on 20th September...
2015 [03 March] - Chris Durdin - Tarifa & Gibraltar
...a strange song was Iberian chiffchaff and there were brief bursts of short-toed treecreeper song, too.
2015 [05 May] - Neil Gartshore - Coto Donana & Extremadura
2015 [06 June] - P M Callagher - Cadiz Province
...We parked here and took the right hand track. It soon deteriorated, but we wound our way through to the dry lake edge (flushing another Red-necked Nightjar in the process) and viewed several waterbirds, including Little Ringed Plover, on distant pools. Not a bad site, but far from its best at this time of year.
2015 [08 August] - Palmones Salt Marsh
...We quickly found a number of wading species, not in high numbers but a good variety: Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin (still in summer plumage), Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper were the first on the list. Both Little and Cattle Egrets fed on the mud (we had noted several small flocks of the latter leaving roost-sites as we passed Soto Grande on the way), a flock of 12 White Storks and 11 Grey Herons 'loafed' on the salt marsh.
2015 [09 September] - Bob Buckler - Tarifa
Migration watching at Tarifa is always very weather dependent, this year it was an extremely hot summer with little in the way of strong autumnal winds and subsequently migrant raptors passed over very early. Apart from two ‘mega’ days we saw hundreds per day rather than thousands. It was the same with migrant passerines, ‘nice’ weather meant that millions of warblers, flycatchers, wagtails etc. passed over into Africa unhindered without stopping at the coast.
2015 [09 September] - Mark Graham - Costa De La Luz,
...One of the best viewpoints is from the road to Ayamonte just west of the Iberostar Hotel. Walk west,beyond the roundabout and find a dirt track on your right.Follow your nose till the dirt track briefly turns into a tarmac road. A big attraction to this area is Greater Flamingo.Last year they were not always easy to locate due to the vastness of the marshland. They were there in big numbers this year however, till we left on the 27th. The maximum number seen was 56, on the 26th. A male Marsh Harrier flew past when I first located the Flamingos.Either a male or female/immature were seen on every visit to the marshes.
2015 [09 September] - Stefan Schlick
This fall trip to Andalucia was organized through Portland Audubon (out of Oregon, USA). Dan van den Brook and I were the leaders for the trip. The focus of this trip was fall raptor migration.
2015 [12 December] - A S Jack - Southern Portugal & Andalucia
The prospect of warm weather and a host of exciting birds tempted me back to this familiar area for a mid-winter escape from a cold, wet British December. This, the latest of many visits, saw me accompanied by J. Todd and L. Robson and proved a very successful trip, with us seeing all but one of the hoped for species, some of which were seen in the thousands! The area holds a huge number of North European birds spending the winter here in the mild climate with an abundance of food available, especially during harvesting time in the many rice fields.
2016 [04 April] - Ed Stubbs
2016 [06 June] - Luis Alberto Rodriguez
A whole bunch of trip reports covering very recent months
2016 [09 September] - Luis Alberto Rodriguez
The south of Spain is going through a severe heat wave from Africa. Fortunately, it was not to hot in the morning when we climbed to the cliffs at El Chorro. The way up was fantastic, with great views of Common Crossbill, Rock Bunting, Black Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush and a Short- toed Eagle sitting on a pylon. We had some glimpses of Short-toed Treecreeper, Sardinian and Dartford Warbler as well.
2016 [11 November] - Ed O’Hara
For the third year in a row I found myself back in Andalusia, for a birder this is a no brainer. The area around Seville is simply fantastic for birding, with so many prime habitats...
2016 [12 December] - Pau Lucio - Granada, Málaga and Doñana National Park
...We keep ascending and noting down some excellent birds such as Black weather, 50+ Red-billed Chough, Little Owl, Thekla Lark and Iberian Grey Shrike among others. A bit farther up, the visibility becomes very poor and starts raining so we have to turn back to the hotel. On the way down the hills, we strike it lucky when we find in the mist a chirping flock of 50 Rock sparrows feeding in a meadow. Soon, we bump into a flock of 60 noisy Azure-winged Magpies! Finally, we reach the town and head off to the hotel to warm up with some fine local wine...
2016 [12 December] - per Stensland - Coto Donana
...Day two- with calm, sunny and warm weather, we drove from El Rocio and east towards the Valverde visitor center. On the way we had Iberian grey shrike, Little bustards, Pin-tailed sandgrouses, Stone curlews and lots of Greylag geese, cranes and white storks. The Valverde center gave little, except for some flamingoes. However, after the coffe break going further east, It got exciting again with five Short-eared owls, a Barn owl and totally 4 Little owls. On the raptor side, there were 20 or more Lesser kestrels, two Hen harriers, a lot of Marsh harriers and a wintering Short-toed Eagle. ...
2016 [12 December] - Susan & colin Groves
...There we find a good number of Greater Flamingos, Gulls (Black-backed, Blackheaded and Yellow legged) and small parties of Cranes. Along the track we see large flocks of Goldfinches and Linnets feeding in the ploughed fields. On the surroundings of a large ’cortijo’ we find numerous Spotless Starlings taking advantage of the insects on a pile of manure....
2017 [01 January] - Paul Collin - Cota Donana
...From here we detoured across country heading east towards the town of Niebla stopping along the Rio Tinto valley, with White Stork Ciconia ciconia nests on almost every available pylon, and Crag Martins Pyonoprgne rupestris nests below the bridges. In summer 15 prs of Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni inhabit the town walls and colonies of Bee-eaters Merops apiaster are found in the river banks....
2017 [02 February] – Simon Tonkin & Niki Williamson – Tarifa & Morocco
Among the ever-arriving hirundines, huge groups of black kites were crossing the sea in towering columns of fifty or more birds at a time and arriving low all around us. It was a thrilling sight and we counted over a thousand birds overall during the morning.
2017 [04 April] - Fraser Simpson
Balearic Shearwater, Great Egret, Purple Heron, Northern Bald Ibis, Greater Flamingo, Egyptian Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Hen Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Black-winged Kite, Purple Swamphen, Collared Pratincole, Audouin's Gull, Caspian Tern, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Black-eared Wheatear, Spectacled Warbler, Iberian Chiffchaff, Western Bonelli's Warbler, Spanish Sparrow.
Doñana Bird Tours - Archive
Reports from 2005 to 2007
Places to Stay
Buenavista - Las Alpujarras
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 Verde - Alhaurin el Grande
Luxury Villa: 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, private garden and pool…
El Cortijo Roman - Jimena de la Frontera
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.
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 Los Limoneros - Alora
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
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…
Villa Los Paraisos
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
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…
WildAlmeria is an independent UK wildlife, birdwatching and photographic tour company. We specialise in high quality, knowledge based trips, around the UK and Spain with a focus on Almeria. Our team of professionals are ideally placed to delivery high quality tours with the emphasis on local knowledge, and professional skills.
Doñana Biological Station
The Doñana Biological Station is an institute belonging to the Spanish Research Council. Its goal is the study of terrestrial ecology…
Aves que puedes ver en Jerez y en el Mundo
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 the Costa
'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…
Guía Fotográfica de Aves
New blog by Vicen Roes naturalist (birdwatcher) and wildlife artist…
La Migración en el Estrecho
Consulta los datos diarios de la migracion de aves en el estrecho de Gibraltarâr (Data of bird migration by Fundacion Migres)
Mi Cuaderno de Campo
Birding and Banding (ringing) in southern Spain…
Mis encuentros con las aves
Birds of the Natural Park Bay of Cadiz and its surroundings…
Never Mind The Finnsticks - Read The 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
Landscapes and birds from southern Spain. In Spanish…
‘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
Banding birds in southern Spain…
Birding in South Andalusia: Straits of Gibraltar, Janda, Doñana etc…
Birdwatching in Southern Spain
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.
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
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…
Photographers & Artists
Artist - Francisco José Hernández Fernández
Excellent Spannish wildlife artist - terific etchings, sketches etc. of birds…