Strait of Gibraltar Birding Daytrip

In the southern corner of Spain is located the Strait of Gibraltar. It is the natural bridge between Europe and Africa, only 14 km away. We can find a great diversity of habitats in this area: cork oak forests, scrublands, dune beaches…Of special interest is the former Laguna de la Janda (La Janda Lagoon), in the past the biggest wetland in Spain.

Ornithological interest

The Strait of Gibraltar is one of best worldwide points to observe migrating raptors and other soaring birds. 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, like the Balearic Shearwater, and migrant passerines.

In la Janda, apart from the diversity of wetland 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.

Route

Depending on the direction and intensity of the wind, we will visit the most productive migratory bird observatories, close to Tarifa. We will also visit the Janda and the most interesting areas for birdwatching at that time, all depending on your interests.

Additional information

Key Info

Scrubland  Rice fields  Sea


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


150 km from Seville (1 h 40 min) 

Recomendable February-May and July-October.

∼12 hours.

Private trip: 1-3 people  225 €, 4 people or more  75 €/person. Included is a pick up service in the Seville area or close to destination point (free of charge). For long distance pick up a supplement fee will be applied.

Most wanted birds (possible)

Residents

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

Osprey

Golden Eagle

Southern Grey Shrike

Migrants

Slender-billed Gull

Egyptian Vulture

Black Stork

European Roller

Subalpine Warbler

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush

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Gull-billed Tern

Black Tern

Garganey

Great Spotted Cuckoo

Alpine Swift