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Cuevarambla (Holiday rental accomodation)

Go bird-watching in the Altiplano region of Granada and stay in an authentic cave with private swimming pool. The 2-bedroomed cave can sleep up to 6, is cool in summer and cosy in winter. Situated at the edge of a quiet rural village (all amenities within walking distance). Ideal for walking, bird-watching and fishing, close to several national parks.

La Calera, Teba (near Ronda).:

La Calera is a beautifully converted finca, offering 3 self-contained apartments, each sleeping 2-4. The position of the house is stunning, offering spectacular views over the valley. Its tranquil setting is the perfect place to relax and watch many species of bird including Griffon Vultures, Chough, Blue Rock Thrush, Hoopoes and Bee-eaters. Teba Gorge and the Ardales Natural Park are close by, Ronda 30 mins.


Andalucia 23rd September to 7th Oct 2010

  • This was the sixth autumn trip to this area. As always, it proved highly enjoyable. Highlights included Ruppell’s Vulture, Eleanora’s Falcon and Little Swift...Ian Kinley reports.

Malaga area 31st March-8th April 2008

  • Lots of Robin, Blackcap, Blackbird, Wren and Blue Tit. Eventually we tracked down what we were looking for - Iberian Chiffchaff,  two singing birds with their ‘peculiar’ metallic song. Overhead a nice Booted Eagle...Bob Swann reports.

Andalucia / Coto Donana 24th May-June 6th 2007

  • The marismas salt water lagoons ,close to the Atlantic shore were attractive to Terns and Gulls,small groups of Caspian Tern fished there along with Gull-billed, Common, Sandwich and Little Terns,a few pink flushed Slender Billed Gulls also roosted on the shore...Derek and Lynne Lister report

Cadiz Province (based in Alcala de los Gazules) Feb 2007

  • The Slender-billed Gulls would have been a suitable adornment on any Gay Rights march since they sported amazingly bright day-glow pink bodies. There was clearly some interspecific competition going on here as they were in open competition with the flamingo’s to see who was the most pink...John Cantelo reports.

Andalucía and Extremadura May 2006

  • I have long wanted to bird in southern and central Spain, and persuaded my girlfriend, Laura, that we could combine a relaxing holiday with a few excursions out to see certain species which I had not seen before...Nick Crouch reports

Southern Spain May 4th-7th May 2006

  • There were a few species that I was keen on seeing – most notably Western Olivaceous Warbler and Common Waxbill that would be additions to my Western Palearctic list as well as reacquainting myself with White-rumped Swift, Little Swift and other Iberian species...Richard Bonser reports.
Marbled Duck

Andalucia 12th - 22nd September 2005

  • Though the raptor migration proved less spectacular than in the past - perhaps due to the at times gale force easterly winds - we nevertheless saw three Ruppell’s Vultures, a Lanner Falcon and eight Black-shouldered Kites...Ian Kinley reports

Southern Andalucia Autumn 2004- (A Duck, two Swifts and a Baby)

  • After my successful trip to Andalucia in April where my WP list went through the 600 barrier, I had missed one important target bird - White-rumped Swift....Andy Hall reports.

Andalucia 14th -23rd September 2004

  • There were plenty of highlights in a very enjoyable ten day trip. Raptor watching was more exciting than ever at Tarifa, pick of the bunch being Ruppell's Vulture and juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagle. Finding a Lesser Crested Tern at Los Lances also came high on the list.....Ian Kinley reports.

Andalucia 1st to 14th October 2003

  • There were many highlights in two bird-filled weeks but perhaps the abiding memory will be of a spectacular concentration of thousands of Glossy Ibis, storks, egrets, waders and gulls packed into one wet rice field at Isla Menor...Ian Kinley reports.

Andalucia, Spain. 26/04/03 – 10/05/03

  • At the lake there were approx 8,000 Greater Flamingos, we also saw Gull Billed Terns, Whiskered Terns, B H Gulls, BlackT.Godwits, L.R.Plovers, Kentish Plovers, B.W. Stilts, Avocets, Lapwings and Marsh Harriers were hunting around the lake fringes. At the small laguna adjacent to the visitor centre there were C.Sandpiper, W.Sandpiper, Little Egret, Redshank, Gadwall, Coot and Moorhens....Steve and Sue Wilce report.

Southern Spain April 2003

  • At Ronda village we parked in the tourist car park and joined the masses as they walked to the bridge here we saw red-billed choughs, lesser kestrels, alpine swifts, blue rock thrush and crag martins flying around the valley and through the bridge itself...Philip Stidwell reports.

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Some Useful bird books for Andalucia and the Costa del Sol, Spain:
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Birdwatching on Spains Southern Coast
John R. Butler: Buy from

  • Written by local expert and guide, John Butler, "Birdwatching on Spain's Southern Coast", is the ideal accompaniment for the holidaying birder on Spain's Southern Coast. The real strength of this guide over similar books is the information about the lesser known sites close the resorts of the Costa's. Great if you only want a quick hours early morning jaunt before the heat of the Summer sun becomes unbearable. Also covered in good detail are Doñana and the main Almeria sites...Recommended.

Where to watch birds in Southern and Western Spain
Ernest Garcia and Andrew Paterson: Buy from or

  • The reprint and update of this excellent book have been long awaited. I have birded in this region of Spain many times and yet I still have much to learn, Garcia and Paterson are the experts. Where else in Europe can you see five species of swift in one day? Did you know that Ruppel's Griffon Vulture is now regular in part of the region? New sites have been added and access details thoroughly updated. Areas covered include birding hotspots such as Extremadura, Gibraltar and Ronda. A "must buy" if you are traveling to Southern Spain.

The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe
Rob Hume, Peter Hayman (Illustrator): Buy from

  • This is quite simply the best illustrated guide to Europe's birds that I have seen. Every bird is pictured at least five times (and sometimes twenty times) in varying poses within its habitat. Seeing the birds in context, really gives this book the edge.
    The text, written by an expert, is concise, thorough and up to date. Many of the recent splits are included. The likes of Yelkouan Shearwater and Southern Grey Shrike are illustrated superbly for perhaps the first time in any recent guide.
    More than a field guide, the book is coffee table size, and certainly deserves to be in the collection of every serious bird watcher.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson: Buy from or

  • "Well, it has been much hyped but it is all true. This beats most other European guides by a significant margin. The songs and calls are extremely well notated, even though the pronunciation takes some getting used too. Many pictures for each species. Very information dense. Buy it. The best available bird identification book for Spain

Where to Watch Birds in North and East Spain
Michael Rebane, Stephen Message: Buy from or

  • North and east Spain embraces an impressive range of habitats from the Pyrenees to the sun-drenched Catalan coast. As a consequence the area is rich in birdlife and full of potential for visiting birders. The 189 sites are described in terms of habitat, access and the species to be seen. The 104 major sites are accompanied by a map as well as maps of the region to show the location of each site.

Birds of the Strait of Gibraltar
Clive Finlayson: Buy from

  • The Strait of Gibraltar is famous as a major point of passage for Palaearctic birds migrating between their European breeding grounds and their winter quarters in Africa. The author, a native of the Rock, presents an account of the region and its resident and transitory bird life

Recommended travel books for Spain:

The Rough Guide to Spain
Mark Ellingham: Buy from or

  • Published Jan. 2002, "The Rough Guide to Spain" is thoroughly up to date (all the prices are in Euro's!) and of the usual high standard that we have come to expect from Rough Guides. This is an excellent guide to my favourite place in Europe for a bird watching holiday. Over a thousand fact filled pages entice the reader to visit the towns, castles and Moorish villages, so full of character and history. For the birder, there is a very useful section on wildlife that gives an overview of the birds to be seen and the main regions to see them.

The Rough Guide to The Pyrenees
Marc Dubin: Buy from or

  • Anyone could find their perfect retreat in the Pyrenees, a range that encompasses in its four-hundred-kilometre length a diversity of landscapes rarely equalled in Europe. Between the balmy beaches of the Mediterranean and the more turbulent Atlantic coast lie regions of lush meadowland, peaks permanently clad in ice, sun-beaten canyons of sinuously sculpted rock, swathes of dense broadleaf forest, weirdly eroded limestone pinnacles and valleys so sheer and overgrown that scarcely a ray of light penetrates them.

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