flamingo flock at La Dehesa de Abajo, Andalucia

Andalucía - easy birding, Coto Doñana and Tarifa

A visit to Andalucía during the exciting autumn bird migration season.

September is a fantastic time to visit Andalucía, with our visit timed to catch the peak of bird migration as countless birds head south for the winter, particularly the raptors crossing the Straits of Gibraltar: the proximity of Africa, just over 14km at its closest point, makes this area a natural draw for birds crossing the Mediterranean.

We start our visit amongst the stunning limestone vistas of Sierra de Grazelema Natural Park, where we hope to find some of the mountain specialists such as Chough, Rock Thrush and Crag Martin.From here we move to La Janda and Sanlucar de Barrameda where we will visit a number of wetland sites in search of waders, gulls, waterfowl and terns.

We will be looking for a number of specialities of this area including the recently colonising Little Swift, the cryptic Common Chameleon, and the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis. Our trip also includes the opportunity to go out by boat into the Strait of Gibraltar, where we hope to have an encounter with some of the many species of whales and dolphins that can be found in this area of the Mediterranean.

Our visit would not be complete without a visit to Doñana National Park, where we will take an excursion by 4×4 to explore this vast wetland looking for birds and large mammals including, if we are lucky, the elusive and endangered Iberian Lynx.

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

Common Chameleon clinging to a branch by torchlight, Andalucia
Griffon Vulture soaring through blue sky, Andalucia
Autumn Mandrake flowers in Andalucia