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tarifa 2020

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 it represents the easiest way to reach 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 an awesome list of Spanish specialities to be enjoyed!




DATES: From 26th to 30th August, 2020
PRICE: 820€ per person
TOUR LENGHT: 5 days, 4 nights
BIRDING GUIDE: Sergi Sales (assisted by Vicent Esteller if group 6+ clients)

Day 1. Group assembles in Seville Airport. After a short trasnfer of about one hour we will arrive to the area arounf Tarifa, where we will spend the rest of the 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 and Bonelli's Eagle. Little & White-rumped Swifts are both a possibility in here along with Rock Bunting, Blue Rock Thrush and several migratory passerines.

Aquí cercarem els típics grans estols d'aligot vesper, àligues calçades o marcenques creuant l'Estret però també algunes espècies nidificants a la zona com l'àguila cuabarrada. Aquí també cercarem pels falciots cuablanc i cuablanc africà junt amb sit negre o espècies en migració.


Day 2. In the morning we will exlplore Doñana, where we will visit the area known as "pre-Parque". Here we will enjoy a long list of watefowl, and we will look for White-headed Duck, Ferruginous Duck, both species really scarce. The extremely scarce Marbled Duck is also present here and, if lucky, we may contact with one of the very last Red-knobbed Coots in Europe!

During the afternoon we will explore the Southern salt marshes and nearby areas. There we will enjoy Slender-billed and Audouin's Gulls along with Caspian & Little Terns. Again, there will be full of waders including Kentish Plover. If lucky, we may discover Roseate Tern, Red-necked Phalarope or Lesser Crested Tern, all of them with small numbers at the end of summer. Here we may also have Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin and Spanish Magpie!

Day 3. Full day around Tarifa. We will spend some time in the morning in coastal areas favoured by flocks of gulls, terns and waders. The area is also noted for other migratory birds including Golden Oriole, Eurasian Wryneck and good numbers of Wheatears and Woodchat Shrikes. 

Soon, it will be time for raptors and other large birds to migrate. Depending on the winds we will move to the best observation area. At this time of the year we may get large "kettles" of Booted Eagles and Honey Buzzards. Black Kite, Egyptian Vulture and Short-toed Eagle would probably appear along with large flocks of White Storks. If windy, the birds will fly lower, allowing excellent sights on them! In the afternoon we will look for Northern Bald Ibises. A small population of this extremely endangered bird has been introduced in the area, and we will be lucky if enjoying one of the most scarce birds in the Western Palearctic!

Day 4. In the morning we will join an offshore. The area is well known for Wilson's Storm Petrel. Mammals may include Risso's Dolphin and, if very lucky, some of the few Killer Wales living in the area!

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 5. 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! This is also a good place to look for one of the very few Rüppell’s Vultures in Europe, and we may get lucky to see of them!

By midday, final transfer to Seville to connect with our flights.


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