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The Andalucian countryside – simply a magnet for birds!

Andalucia really has a special magic all of it’s own. The whole of this region has such a wonderful warm Mediterranean climate which is extremely rich in bird life.

Visitors from northern Europe are often amazed to discover such abundant wildlife in the diverse Andalucian farmlands. The different farming methods of the north and changes in agricultural methods, sadly leaves the countryside with a virtual absence of birds and animals. The change is slower here, and you can still find a stunning range of beautiful birds in every corner of this rural land. You’ll see huge arable areas and vast olive groves, full of brightly coloured flowers, rich in insect and other invertebrate life which is a perfect environment for an extremely varied and abundant bird population.

Visit any southern Spanish town or village and you’ll see that White Storks are encouraged to build their large twiggy nest constructions on top of churches and other buildings. Quite often platforms are erected by house owners to encourage the birds to nest. If you study these huge masses of twigs carefully you’ll see Spotless Starling, House Sparrows and sometimes even Spanish Sparrows have taken up residence within.

Passage Migrants, Residents and Summer Visitors

A good proportion of all bird species here are resident. Many other “Summer Visitors” come here simply to nest and breed. Lots of birds arrive here in early Spring, sometimes as early as January. No years are ever the same and generally speaking the weather plays a big part in what species or groups arrive on the Coast or which ones decide that southern Spain is an ideal place to spend the winter.

At several of our migration sites, we can often see several migrants of the same species group together at the same time. This isn’t typical and most migration periods are subtly different for each species, for example Flycatchers and Swallows tend to migrate earlier than say Turtle Doves or Red-necked Nightjars. Bee-eaters would tend to arrive earlier than say Black-eared Wheatears.

All in all there’s plenty of diversity throughout the year and certainly lots to see.

All our holidays are taken at an easy relaxed pace, with lots of fun and good food and of course our clients stay in comfortable, typical Andaluz hotels.

Andalucian Guides – Holiday Dates 2004 –

All Prices are £ 660 (GBP)pp per week – Please see sample Itineraries for further details. E-mail or phone for more information

Please note that Day Tours are also available throughout the whole year. Click Here

 

Dates

Itinerary Type

Location & Group size

(Sun) 30 May – 6 June 2004

4 places left – Hurry!

Summer Special – Red-necked Nightjars and Scops Owls, Cuckoo’s, Shrikes, Falcons and Bee-eaters!

Costa de la Luz

Max. 7 people.

(Sun) 5– 12 September 2004 Taking Bookings Now! 

 

Raptor Migration – Stunning! *Read “What the clients say”

                  Click above.

The Strait of Gibraltar – Based in Zahara de Los Atunes Max. 6 people.

(Sun)12–19September2004

Taking Bookings Now!

Raptor Migration – Fantastic!

The Strait of Gibraltar – Based in Zahara de Los Atunes Max. 6 people.

(Sat) 9-16 October 2004

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Raptor Migration – Wonderful!

The Strait of Gibraltar – Based in Zahara de Los Atunes Max. 6 people.

OTHER TOURS – 2004

 (Sat) 8-15 May 2004   “In Spain’s Secret Wilderness”    Extramadura and Gredos.

This tour is organised by Limosa Holidays. UK. David Cottridge and Stephen Daly as guides.  (Contact www.limosaholidays.co.uk)

 (Sat) 25 September – 2 October 2004       “Andalucia’s Raptors”   The Strait of Gibraltar.

This tour is organised by Heatherlea Bird Tours. UK. Ian Ford and Stephen Daly as guides.

(Contact www.heatherlea.co.uk)

What birds will we see?

 

Black-eared Wheatear
Purple Swamphen
Woodchat Shrike

On our trips to the Coto Doñana in Spring and summer, we will hope to watch Crested Coot, Marbled Duck, White-headed Duck, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Purple Swamp-hen, Little Bustard, Dartford Warbler, Azure-winged Magpie and Black-shouldered Kite. The Coto Doñana’s wetlands will give us the chance to see lots of other beautiful species, including Black Stork, Squacco Heron, Glossy Ibis, Great White Egret, Greater Flamingo, Red-crested Pochard.

We will also look for Spanish Imperial Eagle, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Peregrine, Stone-Curlew, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Spotless Starling, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Rock Bunting, Northern Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Rock Sparrow, Serin and Azure-winged Magpie to name but a few!    Click here to learn more.

During the autumn migration we can watch and enjoy the sight of large flocks of raptors soaring and gliding over the Strait of Gibraltar. This spectacle is a wonderful example of the “raw nature” of the natural selection process at work as large numbers leave for the south to find food and avoid the poor weather of the north. It is by far the most spectacular of the two annual migrations with springtime arrivals generally spread more gently over the early months and without the large flocks of raptors seen in August, September and October.

Migration is a dangerous time for a lot of species with high mortality rates in juvenile birds especially the smaller Passerines. A far greater number of juveniles cross during the autumn. Various problems arise during their first winter and they never make the return leg in spring. Local weather changes play a great part in bird migration and we’ll go to the best observation points.

We can expect to see Booted and Short-toed Eagles, Marsh and Montagu’s Harriers, Honey Buzzard, Lesser Kestrels and Sparrowhawk with clouds of White Stork and the scarcer Black Stork catching huge thermals then soaring, gliding or flying across to Africa.

Some sea watching and various guided trips through the famous Alcornocales (cork oak) natural park and other protected areas are included, as well as an optional boat trip to the island of Sancti Petri and nearby mud-flat’s. Click here to learn more.

Flight tips

Early on-line internet bookings are substantially cheaper with Iberia from London Heathrow and is a direct flight to Seville. Flight time 2hours 40 min’s.Click here.

British Airways also run a similar daily service from London Gatwick to Seville. Click here.

Ryanair have be rescheduling flights from London, Stansted to Jerez de la Frontera as well as starting a service fro Hahn in Germany also to Jerez.

Check out Ryanair availability & prices. Click here.