Strait of Gibraltar Birding Daytrip

The Strait of Gibraltar is a natural bridge between Europe and Africa. It is one of best worldwide points to observe migrating raptors, in one day you can observe how it is overflown by hundreds or thousands of White Storks, Black Kites, Griffon Vultures, European Honey Buzzards, Booted Eagles, Short-toed Eagles, Egyptian Vultures… You will simply love this place. Furthermore it is an excellent place to observe sea birds and migrant passerines.

Very close to this area, in the former Laguna de la Janda (La Janda Lagoon), apart from the diversity of aquatic birds, it is possible to observe the Spanish and Bonelli’s Eagles. In winter time even Lesser Spotted and Greater Spotted Eagles are present.

In our journey we can also visit the only unique European colony of Northern Bald Ibis, one of the most threatened species all over the world, who actually only live in Morocco and Andalusia.

Some other species originary from Africa (and arrived a while ago in recent colonization) such as Ruppel’s Vulture, Long-legged Buzzard and Common Bulbul can be spotted here.

Key Info

Scrubland  Rice fields  Sea

Target birdsNorthern Bald Ibis, Rüppel’s Vulture, Balearic Shearwater

150 km from Seville (1 h 40 min) 

Recomendable March-May and August-October.

∼12 hours.

Private trip: 75 €/person. Open-group trip: 65 €/person. (minimum 225 €)

Most wanted birds (possibles)


Northern Bald Ibis

Balearic Shearwater

Long-legged Buzzard

Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture

Spanish Eagle

Audouin’s Gull

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Squacco Heron

Glossy Ibis

Greater Flamingo

Eurasian Spoonbill

Black-shouldered Kite

Eurasian Griffon Vulture

Booted Eagle

Bonelli’s Eagle

Lesser Kestrel

Purple Swamphen

Little Bustard

Little Swift

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Iberian Green Woodpecker

Calandra Lark

Thekla Lark

Blue Rock Thrush

Spotless Starling

Spanish Sparrow

Rock Bunting

Common Bulbul

Summer birds

Pallid Swift

White-rumped Swift

Western Orphean Warbler

Bonelli’s Warbler

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

Black-eared Wheatear

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Purple Heron

Collared Pratincole

European Scops Owl

Red-necked Nightjar

European Bee-eater

Woodchat Shrike

Greater Short-toed Lark

Red-rumped Swallow

Iberian Chiffchaff

African Reed Warbler

Western Olivaceous Warbler

Spectacled Warbler

Winter birds

Great Bittern

Eurasian Black Vulture

Lesser Spotted Eagle

Greater Spotted Eagle

Pallid Harrier

Common Crane

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Northern Pintail

Red-crested Pochard


Golden Eagle

Southern Grey Shrike


Slender-billed Gull

Egyptian Vulture

Black Stork

European Roller

Subalpine Warbler

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

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Gull-billed Tern

Black Tern


Great Spotted Cuckoo

Alpine Swift