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Birding Tours Vall de l'Ebre (hivern)

Gibraltar Raptor Migration & more

After nesting season, billions of birds leave temperate areas in Europe to look for warmer conditions and food supplies. Along the end of summer tones of them we will cross the Gibraltar Strait as the easiest way to Africa. 

This includes over 200.000 raptors, which is the awesome number counted year after year in Southern Andalusia. During this tour we will enjoy of the amount and the variety of birdlife migrating South in one of the best corners in Europe for bird migration, Gibraltar Strait. And along with it a long list of Spanish specialities to be enjoyed!


Day Planning

Day 1. Group assembles in Seville Airport or around. After a short transfer of about one hour we will arrive to Gibraltar Strait area, where we will spend the full day.

Here we will look for the typical large flocks of Honey Buzzards, Booted Eagles or Short-toed Eagles crossing the Strait but also resident raptors such as Eurasian Griffon or Bonelli's Eagle. Little Swift & White-rumped Swift are both possible along with Rock Bunting, Blue Rock Thrush and more! 

Day 2. In the morning we will visit Doñana, the most famous National Park in Southern Spain. Spanish Magpie is common around and we will look for the very scarce Marbled and White-headed Ducks and we may be lucky if contacting with the very scarce Red-knobbed Coot!

During the afternoon we will explore different salt marshes where we will look for Slender-billed & Audouin's Gulls, Caspian Terns and Little Terns. Here Roseated and Lesser Crested Terns are regularly seen during this season.

Day 3. Full day around the Strait. We will spend some time in the morning in some coastal areas favoured by flocks of gulls, terns and waders. The area is also noted for other migratory birds including Golden Oriole, Wryneck and good numbers of Wheatears and Woodchat Shrikes. Here we will also have more chances for not-so-common birds!

After mid morning we will move to the most convenient area of the Strait to enjoy raptor migration (the are to go is variable and highly depending on the winds).

Days 4 & 5. During these 2 days we will explore different areas for steppe birds. Great & Little Bustards live in small numbers North of Seville and we will look for them. Calandra & Greater Short-toed Larks are to be found around there, sometimes in good numbers! Black-shouldered Kite, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, European Roller and Spanish Imperial Eagle are other top targets.

During these days we will also look for Northern Bald Ibises. A small population has been reintroduced in the area and we will be lucky if enjoying one of the most endangered birds in Western Palearctic!

Day 6. Morning birding around La Janda area, one of the best areas for raptors around. Here we would have Spanish Imperial & Bonelli's Eagle but also Montagu's Harrier and Black-shouldered Kite!

In the afternoon we will explore Los Alcornocales NP, where we will look for the endemic Iberian Chiffchaff, Western Bonelli's Warbler, Firecrest and Short-toed Treecreeper. If lucky, we may have one of the very last Isabelline Warblers here, if not already back to Africa...

Day 7. Last day of the trip. We will have a last chance to enjoy the big flocks of raptors passing over the Strait in their to Africa. White (& Black) Storks can be really common. Clouds of Booted Eagles are likely to be one of the last sights of the trip!

Final transfer to Seville in early afternoon.