Welcome to the largest lagoon in Andalusia and also largest colony of flamingoes in Spain, second in Europe after France Camargue. This saline lagoon is some 4 miles long and preserves old dykes, walls and canals which were built to aid salt extraction are today essential to the nesting of the flamingo colony. We love birding here in winter and spring, where water levels are usually higher.
TOP TEN BIRDS
Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Crane, White-headed Duck, Lesser Kestrel, Avocet, Gull-billed Tern, Great Reed Warbler, Bluethroat, Stone Curlew.
BIRDING IN FUENTE DE PIEDRA
We will start having a look at the surrounding farmland for Stone Curlew, harriers and larks. 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. We've been watching there up to 3 Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor), which we may see if we are lucky enough to make it out of thousands of greater ones -please ask for updated status-. White-headed duck is recently been seen everyday too. Fuentepiedra lagoon is a great site for birding, renown throughout the country. Álvaro has identified there so far not less than 120 species of birds.
The standard trip takes around 4-5 h, besides transportation time. If you'd like a longer trip, you may query us for a trip extension* to one of the following complementary sites:
- the smaller surrounding lagoons and nearby cliffs to see Griffon Vulture
- the Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve and its unique karstic landscapes
- enjoy a tour guide visit to the historical white city of Antequera
The trip extension itself takes around 2-3 h including time spent driving.
Possible meeting points, at your choice:
- Ronda, then 1h10min drive.
- Fuente de Piedra lagoon main car park. Directions here.
- Antequera Santa Ana train station, then 15 min drive.
Based in Málaga or the coast? No problem!
Málaga María Zambrano train station has great connections to the lagoon. At just 23 min by train you can get to Antequera Santa Ana train station and meet us there. Return tickets from 8,70 eur. Train tickets here. We recommend the following train itinerary:
Take the 08:35 train in Málaga María Zambrano and meet us at Antequera Santa Ana at 08:56. After birding, you will be on time at Antequera Santa Ana station to catch the 14:17 train that will bring you back to Málaga at 14:45 with a great bird list in your pocket.
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 any of the indicated meeting points, a supplement fee will be applied.
TIPS FOR BIRDING
- The lagoon water level is very fluctuant and determinant for bird sights
- A good spoting scope is essential in Fuentepiedra, we'll provide our awesome one from Opticron
- On a rainy year, birding is great from November till June.
CHOSE THIS TRIP FOR
- being the largest flamingo colony in Spain
- crane watching in winter
- possibility of Lesser Flamingo (spring)
- possibility of Bluethroat (winter)
- its very well equiped Visitor Centre
- possibility to link the trip with the nearby mountains
A DAY BIRD WATCHING IN FUENTE DE PIEDRA:
Rates for one guest: 150 €
Rates for two guests: 75 € p.p. (per person)
Rates for three guests: 65 € p.p
Rates for four guests: 50 € p.p.
Rates for five guests: 50 € p.p.
Rates for six or seven guests: 50 € p.p.
* Trip extension: 20 € p.p.
BIRDS IN FUENTE DE PIEDRA LAGOON
Residents: Avocet, Black Redstart, Black-headed Gull, Black-winged Kite, Black-winged Stilt , Calandra Lark, Cattle Egret, Cetti’s Warbler, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Common Buzzard, Common Sandpiper, Coot, Corn Bunting, Crested Lark, Flamingo, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Hoopoe, House Sparrow, Iberian Grey Shrike, Jackdaw, Kentish Plover, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Flamingo, Linnet, Little Bustard, Little Grebe, Little Owl, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Mediterranean Gull, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Pochard, Purple Swamphen, Raven, Red-crested Pochard, Red-legged Partridge, Sardinian Warbler, Serin, Spanish Sparrow, Sparrowhawk, Spotless Starling, Stone Curlew, Stonechat, White Wagtail, White-headed Duck, Zitting Cisticola
Winter birds: Bluethroat, Chiffchaff, Crane, Golden Plover, Grey Heron, Hen Harrier, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Meadow Pipit, Merlin, Red Kite, Reed Bunting, Ringed Plover, Robin, Shelduck, Shoveler, Skylark, Snipe, Song Thrush, Starling, Teal, Water Pipit, Yellow-legged Gull
Summer birds: Barn Swallow, Bee-eater, Booted Eagle, Great Reed Warbler, Gull-billed Tern, House Martin, Lesser Kestrel, Little Ringed Plover, Montagu’s Harrier, Nightingale, Pallid Swift, Quail, Red-necked Nightjar, Red-rumped Swallow, Reed Warbler, Short-toed Eagle, Short-toed Lark, Slender-billed Gull, Swift, Turtle Dove, White Stork, Woodchat Shrike
On passage: Black-tailed Godwit, Collared Pratincole, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ferruginous Duck, Garganey, Glossy Ibis, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Knot, Little Stint, Redshank, Ruff, Squacco Heron, Temminck’s Stint, Tufted Duck, Whiskered Tern, Wood Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail
RARE BIRD SIGHTINGS IN FUENTE DE PIEDRA, MÁLAGA:
We've come across the following remarkable bird sighting while birding fuentepiedra lake and surroundings:
2017: Aquatic Warbler.
2018: Lesser Flamingo (x3), Mediterranean Gull (x2, nesting behaviour).
2019: Little Crake, Spotted Crake (x2), leucistic Black-necked Grebe.
Attention! There's lately being some robberies at the lagoon's car parkings, particularly on those at Cantarranas and Las Latas. We recommend to always bring a small bagpack with you and do not leave anything valuable nor visible in the car!