Andalucía is a birdwatcher's heaven!

The best time of the year is during the spring. You can see lots of wintering types, together with those getting here for the summer months.

The Straits of Gibraltar are a key point of passage for raptors, storks and various other birds moving in between Africa and also Europe. Northern movements occur between mid-February and June, while those birds heading south will certainly trigger in between late July as well as early November when there's a westerly wind. Gibraltar itself is normally good for birdwatchers, although when there is not much wind the Tarifa region on the Atlantic coastline is generally far better.

Rising birds such as storks and also raptors cross the Straits of Gibraltar as they rely upon thermals and updrafts which only happen over narrower stretches of water. Among one of the most outstanding sights over the Straits is when flocks of storks, often numbering as much as three thousand, cross in mass numbers.

There are 13 resident raptor species in Andalucía, which migrate here every year from Africa. The very best location to see them remains in the more uneven parts of the province where they circle high in the sky.

The Sierra Morena region north of Sevilla is where you locate the black marauder, one of the country's rarest birds. There are believed to be simply a couple of hundred sets right here. This could be the biggest colony in Europe, with most to be found in the Paraje Natural Sierra Pelada y Rivera del Aserrador, southern of Aroche in Huelva district.
South of Seville ate the wetlands of the Guadalquivir river which are popular with migrating birds in spring and autumn and, in winter, flocks of wildfowl. Brazo del Este Natural Area is the most remarkable of these and features a large population of purple gallinules along with over 200 species of other birds. Near the river delta is a series of lakes in the Lebrija – Las Cabezas Natural Reserve and the Utrera Natural Reserve, both of which also attract a significant number of birds. The Guadalquivir delta forms part of the protected environs of the Donana National Park.

If you're looking for eagles, then there is the magnificent Spanish royal eagle, within the Parque Naciónal de Doñana. Other huge birds of prey which can be located in hilly regions include the golden eagle (and numerous various other eagles) as well as the Egyptian as well as griffon vultures. Smaller birds of prey, such as the kestrel, buzzard and also red kite, can be spotted in lowland timbers as well as forests.

A far more common view in northward Extremadura, the huge white stork can be seen in the western area of Andalucía where they nest from spring to summer season on electrical power towers, pylons and also trees.

Water birds are even more abundant, with numerous species, particularly in the marshes area along the Atlantic coastline. These include wild ducks and also flamingos; the latter can be seen in a number of other locations consisting of La Fuente de Piedra and Cabo de Gato.

More information is available on the links below and obviously specialist bird watching sites.

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