Spain 2019

Andalucía September/October 2019

Sunday 29 Sept  to Saturday 05 Oct 2109

Maximum of 6 clients

*** This tour is now full.***

*** Reserve list being taken***

The Stunning Guadalhorce Valley – one of the spectacular locations we will visit.

Griffin Vulture

Following on from our highly successful Autumn Migration specials in September 2017 and Spring 2018, we are now heading back to Andalucía to see the birds returning on their Southwards migration.  The spectacle of thousands of migrating birds directly overhead heading out over the straits of Gibraltar is a sight that will live long in the memory.

Arriving on Sunday 15 September this will be a relaxing day settling into the hotel and meeting fellow trip members.  You may want to walk to the Guadalhorce reserve just 15 minutes from the hotel or laze by the pool getting ready for the next five days of concentrated birding!

Trips will commence at 0800 each morning (Starting Monday 16 September) and we aim to return to the hotel between 1800 -1900, however be aware the days may run over time wise, especially on the longer trips such as when we visit Tarifa and La Janda.  There will also be one optional early start to look for Red Necked Nightjars.  We will return to the hotel for breakfast after this jaunt, so if you feel it is too early then no problems, just meet the group at breakfast as normal.

A taste of some of the locations we may visit are (locations may vary due to weather or birds being elsewhere):

A stunning Black Vulture heading South towards Africa.

One of the Thousands of White Storks on migration

Tarifa Raptor Migration Watchpoint –  One of the most important migration hotspots in Europe. Thousands upon thousands  of birds use this area as their jump off point to the African continent only 14 Km away.  Honey Buzzard, Black Stork, Black Kite, Griffon and perhaps Ruppell’s Vultures, Marsh, Hen and Montagues Harriers, Short Toed and Booted Eagles can all turn up, and who know what else!

Juvenile Woodchat Shrike

La -Janda.  This area is covered in Rice paddy fields and irrigation ditches and a haven for Waders, Egrets and Storks, add to that Black Winged Kite, Spanish Sparrow, Purple Swamphen, Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis, Whoodchat Shrikes and Buntings it will be a great way of racking up the days totals.  On the way home we may be lucky enough to find the rare Bald Ibis still on their their breeding cliffs.

Bald Ibis

Red Necked Nightjar - photo by BirdaytripRed Necked Nightjar

Zapata and the Guadalhorce River mouth –  Both areas are very nearby the hotel, the optional very early                        rise for Zapata will give us the best chance for connection with he rare Red Necked Nightjar, a cousin of our own Common Nightjar  it is an important summer migrant for the area.  At this time of the morning we also stand a good chance of Night Heron as it feeds on the Guadalhorce river.

White Headed Duck

Guadalhorce River mouth – My personal favourite of this trip and the reason I started coming to Andalucía, this is the area that holds the White Headed Duck, an internationally threatened species, that breeds here!  Main passage through this reserve will be well under way and we can expect a whole array of Species, Gulls, Terns, Waders, Passerines and Raptors who knows what we will discover!

Archidona – Stunning mountain environment with stands of Spanish Oak and Pines, a beautiful mix of habitat.  Migrant Thrushes, Larks, Pipits and Warblers are the targets for this area, along with keeping our eyes to the skies for Raptors passing overhead.

El Torcal – A limestone massif and an a habitat and landscape you will long remember! Weird rock formations carved through wind and time lead to a secluded vegetated valley, home of Rock and Cirl Buntings, Migrant trap for Warblers, Common and Black Redstart, Thekla Lark and both the Rock Thrushes.  Throw in some Bonellis Eagles and you have the full package!

Fuenta de Piedra – Flamingo city, thousands of these strange and exotic birds breed on the reserve, add to that the myriad of Waders in the surrounding lagoons and ponds and passerines passage through the reed beds and undergrowth it is a fantastic all round area to visit.

Accommodation with be at the stylish Sol Hotel in Guadalmar, a short distance from Malaga airport (a 20 euros taxi ride) and will be on a half board basis (Bed Breakfast and evening meal)

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we will have a coffee break each morning,  lunches on these days will be taken in local cafes, cold water/snacks will be provided throughout the day to keep energy levels up!  Lunches and snacks are included in the total cost, however if there is something extra you like to purchase  then there is a well stocked small supermarket not far from the hotel (these additional items are not included in price of trip) so all you need to do is get to the hotel, sit back and relax!

So what is included?  All accommodation, meals and snacks, transport throughout the trip the expertise of local guide Luis Roberto and a complimentary species checklist so you can record all the species we encounter.

What is not included, Transport within the UK, flights to and from Malaga, Taxi to/from Hotel at Guadalmar, Drinks at Hotel, Personal/Travel Insurance, items of a personal nature.

So what are you expecting to pay for this fantastic Birding Ecosse Overseas tour? Well after some     strong negotiations with all parties involved we can offer this trip  to you at a                                              fantastic price of £1550 per person!

We look forward to talking to you and even more to spending a weeks birding with you in Southern Spain!

Important points to note:

Check in at hotel: Check in starts at 1500, if you arrive earlier then you will have to laze about by the pool or in bar until the check in opens (they have a secure room behind the reception where you can leave your luggage) the rooms are booked in my name so I will have to be present at all Check ins.  When planning your flights can you please try and arrive prior to 20:00 on the Sunday.

The rooms are paid in full at Check in and the name of the room changed to your name.  Any additional cost for room service, mini bar usage or items charged to the room after this point will be the responsibility of the person named on the room at check out.

Sunday 15 September  2019 will be arrival and administration day for me, no outings are planned on that day, however there is a nice walk along the canal to the Guadalhorce Reserve if you wish to have a more energetic first day.

Breakfast is continental style, but plenty of choice and very good quality.

There is a fair bit of travel involved to get to some of the destinations, so if you get travel sick then please be aware of this.

Transport on this tour will be by comfortable air conditioned Mini-Bus.

Days can be long, especially the Zappata day. You may not get back to hotel until early evening.

We do try and have breaks at proper toilet facilities, however be aware that field conditions may apply at times and you may have to utilise the local bush toilet!

Your are in Southern Spain, at some points of the trip your are only 14km away from North Africa, it could get hot, very very hot.