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 Spain spring 8361
Booted Eagle, light or commoner form
Booted on post Eagle spring Spain 8402
Booted Eagle
Cattle Egret in flight Spain 8214
Cattle Egret
Greater Flamingo pair w 0449
Greater Flamingoes
Eurasian Spoonbill adult Spain spring w 9391
Eurasian Spoonbill
Osprey Spain spring 9406
Pallid Harrier female spring Spain 0686
Pallid Harrier, a rare sighting
Yellow Wagtail Iberiae Spring Andalucia 9293
Yellow Wagtails feeding with Retinto cattle
Zitting%2BCisticola%2Bwatching%2Binsects%2BSpain 9477
A Zitting Cisticola watches insects
Sparrowhawk spring Spain 8603
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Squacco Heron flight spring Spain 9579
Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron taking off Spain 9575

Subalpine Warbler male spring Spain 8871
Subalpine Warbler, male
Tawny Pipit spring Spain w 2451
Tawny Pipit feeding
White Storks from Africa spring Spain w 8672
White Storks arriving in Europe. Morocco is in the background
Purple Swamphen flight 9149
Purple Swamphen
Black eared Wheatear male spring Spain 2243
Black-eared Wheatear
Bonelli's Eagle imm. with griffs Spain 8308
Bonelli’s Eagle (centre) flanked by two Griffon Vultures
Booted Eagle taking rabbit Spain w 8418
A Booted Eagle attempts to get airborne with a rabbit
Botted Eagle on ground with rabbit Spain 8442
The same Booted Eagle as above
Little Swift spring Spain w 9095
Little Swift at Chipiona
Lesser Kestrel male spring Barbate 1518
Lesser Kestrel at the colony at the rear of Hotel El Palomar de La Breña, Barbate
Gull billed Tern feeding Spain 1854
Gull-billed Tern
Griffon Vulture adult Spai 9317
Griffon Vulture on the Río Guadalquivir near Trebujena
Greater Short toed Lark Spain 9267
(Greater) Short-toed Lark
Montagu's Harrier male spring Spain 0405
Montagu’s Harrier, male
Northern Bald Ibis Barbate Spain w 8851
Northern Bald Ibis at Barbate
Wryneck spring Spain 0104
Our only migrating woodpecker, the Wryneck
Woodchat Shrike spring Spain 0449
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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