Welcome to the largest lagoon in Andalusia and home to the largest colony of flamingoes to be found anywhere in the Iberian Peninsula, second in importance in Europe after France Camargue. Elliptical in shape, the lagoon is replenished by rainfall and the underground flow of water provided by aquiferous land. Due to the extremely saline nature of the substrata, the increase in evaporation in spring leaves crytallised salt on the surface. The old dykes, walls and canals which were built to aid salt extraction are today essential to the nesting of the flamingo colony. Other species which visit the lagoon in winter or during migratory periods include concentrations of wading birds and raptors.
As for all day trip, our default meeting point will be Ronda. However, we can also arrange pick up and drop off in Antequera. We will start having a look at the surrounding fields looking for some specialist steppe birds including Montagu’s Harrier and Calandra Lark. Then we will enjoy easy short walks around the lagoon, checking a viewpoint and some bird hides at the neighbouring smaller lagoons. After a short visit to the new visitor centre we will head to the southern side of the lagoon, check a few hides and if times allows, visit the surrounding farmlands. This year we are having Lesser Flamingo, which we may see if we are lucky enough to make it out of thsousands of greater ones. White-headed duck is recently been seen everyday though.
The full day tour option allow us to (your choice):
- stay and go in depth discovering the farmlands and surroundings of the Fuente de Piedra lagoon
- birdwatch the Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve and its unique landscapes
- enjoy a tour guide visit to the monumental city of Antequera
WHAT IT IS INCLUDED
- Transportation (for free)
- Local Bird guide fluent in English
- Use of binoculars and scope
- Birdguides in English
- Bird checklist
- All taxes
WHAT IT IS EXCLUDED
- Meals and drinks
- If you prefer direct pick up and drop-off outside the Ronda radius of 20 km, A SUPPLEMENT FOR EXTRA PETROL WILL BE APPLIED
Rates for one guest:
Half-day guided trip: 90 €
Full day guided trip: 150 €
Two-day guided trip: 250 €
Rates for two guests:
Half-day guided trip: 45 € p.p.
Full day guided trip: 75 € p.p.
Two-day guided trip: 125 € p.p.
Rates for three guests:
Half-day guided trip: 40 € p.p.
Full day guided trip: 65 € p.p.
Two-day guided trip: 110 € p.p.
* Larger groups by prior arrangement
POSSIBLE BIRDS FOR THE CHECKLIST
Residents: Black Redstart, Black Wheatear, Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Rock Thrush, Blue Tit, Bonelli’s Eagle, Chaffinch, Chough, Cirl Bunting, Collared Dove, Corn Bunting, Crag Martin, Crested Lark, Dartford Warbler, Eagle Owl, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Griffon Vulture, Hoopoe, House Sparrow, Iberian Grey Shrike, Kestrel, Linnet, Little Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Raven, Red-legged Partridge, Rock Bunting, Rock Dove, Rock Sparrow, Sardinian Warbler, Serin, Short-toed Treecreeper, Sparrowhawk, Spotless Starling, Stonechat, Thekla Lark, Wren.
Winter birds: Alpine Accentor, Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit, Ringed Ouzel, Robin, Song Thrush, White Wagtail.
Summer birds: Alpine Swift, Barn Swallow, Bee-eater, Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Booted Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Melodious Warbler, Pallid Swift, Quail, Red-rumped Swallow, Redstart, Scops Owl, Short-toed Eagle, Subalpine Warbler, Swift, Turtle Dove, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Wheatear, Woodchat Shrike.
On passage: Egyptian Vulture, Golden Eagle.