It was a beautiful sunny day, top temperature 25C, very light SW wind.
We had a marvelous start to our 7 day tour in Southern Spain. I collected the group of 6 at Malaga Airport at lunchtime and before we knew it we were birding at the Guadalhorce Nature Reserve. Our first 30 minutes was spent eating a picnic lunch on the west embankment where we saw plenty of species. Waders included Kentish and Ringed Plovers, Sanderling, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and Ruddy Turnstone. A Common Kingfisher flew up the river, Spotless Starlings sang from nearby rooftops, several Crested Larks flitted around and a couple of Sardinian Warblers did what they do best - hid in the tamarisk scrub. Oh I forgot to mention the noisy passage of several flocks of Monk Parakeets. Our walk to the Laguna Grande was also full of great sightings, more Kentish Plovers, a Hoopoe, Zitting Cisticola, Reed Warbler and lots of Barn Swallows. At the raised hide we were pleasantly surprised by the presence of a good selection of gulls, a pair of lovely Slender-billed Gulls were joined by Audouin's, Black- headed, Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls. Wow, that was a selection of gull species.
We added an extra day to this trip which enhanced our sighting by giving us a full day in the Malaga region before we drove down to Tarifa. The migration in general was slow as the weather conditions allowed easy passage for the migratin...View Report
It was aother excellent trip to the most scenic areas of Spain. we saw nearly all of our target species but...........the weather conditions were very harsh! We had extreme heat for the first 6 days and then a very cold and win...View Report
The was the quintessential ideal birding trip, the weather was superb throughout, the birds performed magnificently, and we had had a wonderful bunch of people for company. There are so many highlights I could not fit them all here in on...View Report