Highlights from this year’s Spring Tour on The Strait of Gibraltar – April 2015

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 one of the best places to watch concentrated avian migration and it really is a spectacular setting all throughout Cadiz province in southern Andalucia, Spain to learn about birds and bird behaviour.

Highlights from this year’s Spring Tour on The Strait of Gibraltar – April 2015
Short-toed Eagle
Booted Eagle, light or commoner form
Booted Eagle
Cattle Egret
Greater Flamingoes
Eurasian Spoonbill
Pallid Harrier, a rare sighting
Yellow Wagtails feeding with Retinto cattle
A Zitting Cisticola watches insects
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Squacco Heron

Subalpine Warbler, male
Tawny Pipit feeding
White Storks arriving in Europe. Morocco is in the background
Purple Swamphen
Black-eared Wheatear
Bonelli’s Eagle (centre) flanked by two Griffon Vultures
A Booted Eagle attempts to get airborne with a rabbit
The same Booted Eagle as above
Little Swift at Chipiona
Lesser Kestrel at the colony at the rear of Hotel El Palomar de La Breña, Barbate
Gull-billed Tern
Griffon Vulture on the Río Guadalquivir near Trebujena
(Greater) Short-toed Lark
Montagu’s Harrier, male
Northern Bald Ibis at Barbate
Our only migrating woodpecker, the Wryneck
A quite large looking female Woodchat Shrike

Photographers are very welcome to join such tours. More details of both the spring and autumn migration tours as well as other European destinations can be found at andalucianguides.com/tours


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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.

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