Southern Spain trip report

Costa del Sol Birding Tour

Costa del Sol Birding Tour, Sothern Spain

After a long summer, we are starting to enjoy longer birding sessions in Southern Spain. Time for this awesome 7 day Malaga birding tour  covering the top birding sites near the Costa del Sol. Tour programme here.

black storks in southern Spain

The first day gave us really nice sights like this unexpected flock of Black Storks, Purple Heron and of course White-headed duck Osprey, Booted Eagle, Kingfisher and Flamingo. Then we went back to the hotel in the beautiful white washed town of Ronda, from where all the next trips start.

Blue rock thrush - Roquero solitario en el torcal

The journey in Fuente de Piedra and El Torcal de Antequera gave us lots of ticks on our trip list, like this Blue Rock Thrush trying to mob a snake. Thekla Lark, Short-toed Eagle and a surprising sight of Aquatic warbler put a nice smile on our tour party.

Vultures and booted eagle

The journeys in the steppes of Seville was a great complement to our previous days. The Great Bustards didn’t show up this time, but it was all balanced with Hoopoe, Black Kite, Eurasian Green Woodpecker and great numbers of red-legged partridge. The mountains of Grazalema and Ronda were quite generous: Bonelli’s, Booted and Short-toed Eagle, as well as our regular Black Wheatear. Definately a great ending for this comfortable tour.

birding the guadalhorce mouth

Top birds

The top 10 birds that we’ve seen on this tour are:

  • Bonelli’s Eagle
  • Azure-winged magpie
  • Black Wheatear
  • White-headed Duck
  • Purple Heron
  • Black Stork
  • Griffon Vulture
  • Booted Eagle
  • Rock Bunting
  • Chough

You can also join a tour like this one at any time of the year. Feel free to contact us for further details.