We have some of the most exciting bird watching in Europe here and not just because of our wide variety of habitats. Being so close to North Africa, southern Spain is first port of call on the spring and autumn migrations for thousands of species.
Here is a list of the species I have seen here, thrown down haphazardly as they come to mind.
|Cormorant||Great Black Cormorant||Phalacrocorax carbo||The Beach Scene|
|Eagle||Short-toed Snake Eagle||Circaetus gallicus||Short-toed Eagle|
|Eagle||Booted Eagle||Hieraaetus pennatus||Battle in the Skies|
|Eagle||Bonneli's Eagle||Aquila fasciata||The Eagles are Here!|
|Falcon||Kestrel||Falco tinnunculus||Falcons & Hawks|
|Falcon||Lesser Kestrel||Falco naumanni||Falcons & Hawks|
|Falcon||Peregrine Falcon||Falco peregrinus||Falcons & Hawks|
|Hawk||Honey Buzzard||Pernis apivorus||The Big Flock|
|Hawk||Northern Goshawk||Accipiter gentilis||Falcons & Hawks|
|Parrot||Monk Parakeet||Myiopsitta monachus||Beach Scene|
|Pheasant||Red-legged Partridge||Alectoris rufa||Nest Defender|
|Pigeon||Pigeon||Columba Livia||The Beach Scene|
|Shrike||Woodchat shrike||Lanius senator||The Crash|
|Sparrow||House Sparrow||Passer domesticus||The Beach Scene|
|Sparrow||Spanish Sparrow||Passer hispaniolensis||The Beach Scene|
|Vulture||Griffon vulture||Gyps fulvus||Migration - the big birds|
The Siskin are lovely little birds that seem to flood the natural park with twittering much of the year. If it is fairly low flying, finch shaped, yellow and flies in a twittering flock, you have your i.d.!
Siskin, Spinus spinus, last seen 04.2017
I have seen Cattle Egrets here fairly rarely, generally flying near the coast, perhaps near bigger ponds or riverbeds. So this photo from near an overgrown water deposit in Árchez back about 2015 is also my last sighting of one.
Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis
Barn Swallows are resident in the villages all summer, nesting in ruins or under house eves. I have also seen Red-rumped Swallows here, occasion, even evacuating the odd stray that flew into a building!
Note: My camera work is limited by a point-and-shoot camera and limited time to sit still and watch, so only a few of the photos shown are my own. Besides, as a grasshopper, I can’t get too close to birdlife without great personal risk. I try to ensure all photographs are free for use and their author and origin acknowledged.