Gibraltar

Birding the Strait from the Costa del Sol (Andalucia, Spain)

 

The amazing spectacle of bird migration 

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Protection status:

  • Natural Park (Parque Natural del Estrecho), Special Bird Protection Area (ES0000337), Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean.

The Strait of Gibraltar is a bridge between summer and winter and the migration of birds across it is a magnificent spectacle of nature.

Raptors and storks gather together in big numbers and wait for favourable winds to go across the strait in autumn. At spring time, we can wait for those same birds coming from Africa, some of them exhausted and sometimes chased to death by seagulls.

La Janda was formerly a big lake turned into paddy fields and farmlands during the last century’s 40’s and 50’s. It is a roosting place for migrating birds and a great wintering headquarters for storks, cranes, waterfowl and waders.

Trip duration: Full day (Strait of Gibraltar or Strait of Gibraltar + La Janda)

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Possible species (not exhaustive):

Any migrant bird can we spotted in the surroundings of the Strait of Gibraltar so we will just list the most common species (LJ = La Janda)

All year: Bald Ibis (LJ) (Geronticus eremita), Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura), Black-winged Kite (LJ) (Elanus caeruleus), Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius), Cattle Egret (LJ) (Bubulcus ibis), Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Glossy Ibis (LJ) (Plegadis falcinellus), Grey Heron (LJ) (Ardea cenerea), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Kingfisher (LJ) (Alcedo atthis), Lesser Short-toed Lark (LJ) (Calandrella rufescens), Little Egret (LJ) (Egretta garzetta), Marsh Harrier (LJ) (Circus aeruginosus), Night Heron (LJ) (Nycticorax nycticorax), Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), Purple Swamphen (LJ) (Porphyrio porphyrio), Serin (Serinus serinus), Spanish Sparrow (LJ) (Passer hispaniolensis), White Stork (LJ) (Ciconia ciconia)

Summer: Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Black Tern (LJ) (Chlidonias niger), Collared Pratincole (LJ) (Glareola pratincola), Gull-billed Tern (LJ) (Gelochelidon nilotica), Little Bittern (LJ) (Ixobrychus minutus), Purple Heron (LJ) (Ardea purpurea), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Rufous Bush Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes), Slender-billed Gull (LJ) (Chroicocephalus genei), Squacco Heron (LJ) (Ardeola ralloides), Whiskered Tern (LJ) (Chlidonias hybrida), Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

Winter: Black Stork (LJ) (Ciconia nigra), Bluethroat (LJ) (Luscinia svecica), Crane (LJ) (Grus grus), Great Egret (LJ) (Casmerodius albus), Hen Harrier (LJ) (Circus cyaneus), Mediterranean Gull (Ichtyaetus melanocephalus), Osprey (LJ) (Pandion haliaetus), Spoonbill (LJ) (Platalea leucorodia), Spotted Eagle (LJ) (Aquila clanga)

On passage: Booted eagle (Aquila pennata), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus), Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica), Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae), Hobby (falco subbuteo), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus), Montagu’s harrier (Circus pygargus), Rüpell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppellii), Short-toed eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla), Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris), Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

Price includes:

  • English speaking birding guides.
  • Transport (optional).
  • Binoculars, telescope and bird books in English.
  • Trip accident insurance.

The trip departure time is chosen by you.

The routes are flexible: we will go where the birds are.
We can watch birds till sunset (in Full day trips).

Meals are not included in the price. We can bring a picnic bag with us or stop in a restaurant en route.
Please, wear appropriate shoes and clothing according to the season, and remember: the countryside is colder than the beach!

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TRIP PRICE (€ VAT included):

For more than one trip, please, consult our special offers in “Tours” section!

FULL DAY (Strait of Gibraltar)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 250€
Torremolinos 250€
Benalmádena 250€
Fuengirola 250€
Mijas Costa 250€
Marbella 250€
Estepona 250€
Antequera 290€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point
Málaga 145€
Torremolinos 155€
Benalmádena 160€
Fuengirola 165€
Mijas Costa 170€
Marbella 180€
Estepona 195€
Antequera 155€
(*) Plus 15€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

FULL DAY (Strait of Gibraltar + La Janda)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 265€
Torremolinos 265€
Benalmádena 265€
Fuengirola 265€
Mijas Costa 265€
Marbella 265€
Estepona 265€
Antequera 310€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point
Málaga 145€
Torremolinos 155€
Benalmádena 160€
Fuengirola 165€
Mijas Costa 170€
Marbella 180€
Estepona 195€
Antequera 155€
(*) Plus 15€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

For groups over 4 persons on Birdaytrip's vehicle, other meeting points or tailor made trips, please, send your query.

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