Stephen Daly

Stephen Daly

Stephen Daly, has been birding since he was eight years old in his native Scotland. After living in Germany and France he established Andalucian Guides the successful birding and wildlife tour company on The Strait of Gibraltar in Spain and has been living here since 2001. Photographing birds in flight is one passion and his photos can be found in many books, magazines and journals. Studying bird behaviour and bird migration are two other positive aspects of being based on one of the busiest migration routes on Earth.

Jul 272016
 
Disappearing Nightingales

Taking photos of Common Nightingales can be tricky but flight shots are pretty rare and I was really pleased to capture a sequence of photos set on 1/2500th of a second of such a bird in ‘hovermode’, something that to me at least is a pretty rare sight. During the breeding season and with young […]

Jul 192016
 
European Bee-eaters in Spain

European Bee-eaters have a broad distribution covering much of Europe and Africa These migratory birds can be found as far north as Finland and as far south as South Africa, extending east into some Asiatic countries too. Most commonly, European Bee-eaters will breed and nest in southern Europe, then migrate south during autumn and winter. […]

Jul 072016
 
Brittany - Birding around St Malo and Dinan

Brittany, France – May, 2016 – the northern coast of Brittany in France is a great place to spend some time. The dramatic rugged coastline, sandy beaches, wildlife, food and Breton culture are well worth exploring! We were based around Cancale on the east side of the bay of Mont St Michel. Here the oysters […]

Jul 312015
 
Spring Migration Tour on The Strait of Gibraltar with Stephen Daly. 13th-20th April 2016

Spring Migration – Watching Birds and other Wildlife crossing from Africa to Europe.             A male Montagu’s Harrier displaying near Casas Viejas-Benalup A White Stork flock arrives at Bolonia, with Morocco in the background The Strait of Gibraltar awaits the return of wintering birds from Africa to Europe each spring […]

May 132015
 
Highlights from this year's Spring Tour on The Strait of Gibraltar - April 2015

Here’s a quick photo summary of some of the birds we watched down in Andalucia on one of my spring birdwatching tours. Each spring we offer such small tour group holidays to go out in the field and see what bird species are arriving from Africa. The close proximity of the two continents makes this […]

Apr 272015
 
Little Swifts, Chipiona, Cadiz province, Spain

One of the more accessible Little Swift sites is at Chipiona harbour and marina on the western side of Andalucia. There are other sites across the Iberian peninsula but this site offers easy access and with patience you can watch the birds feeding and returning to the colony. You’ll see them on their own in […]

Jan 022015
 
Fuerteventura Tour - Limosa Holidays

Fuerteventura, The Canary Islands 3rd – 9th November 4014. Trip Report With Tour Leader: Stephen Daly Tour Participants: John Green, Cecile Gillard, Aland Mackereth and Jane Walker, Geoff Phillipson and John and Nadine Shearman Tour Highlights: Several close encounters with the rare Houbara Bustards, good views of all the desert species, watching Barbary Falcon hunting, […]

Dec 032014
 
Houbara Bustards

Houbara Bustards (Chlamydotis undulata) are a declining species in North Africa and the sub species fuerteventurae is confined to the Eastern Canary Islands. On Fuerteventura and Lanzarotte the birds are protected and efforts have been made to mark fences and power lines which has been a problem for these and other species of birds. Houbara […]

Oct 142014
 
Melanistic Montagu's Harrier and other Raptors

Here are some of the raptor photos we managed to see with my Swiss group from Arcatour last week. The wind direction swung around to give us moderate to strong Levante (easterlies) for five days and only died down on our last two days. Still, knowing what the migrating raptors do and where they will […]

Oct 022014
 
Rüppell's Vulture Sightings in Europe

After watching a huge flock of Griffon Vultures circling over the evergreen cork-oak canopy of the vast Alcornocales Parque Natural we eventually saw many birds descend down to the ground and out of sight. We could hear their hissing and squabbling and immediately knew that the birds were feeding at an animal carcass of some […]