Europe and Africa are separated by only 14kms of ocean at the Strait of Gibraltar’s narrowest point and for millions of years this has served as a short and natural crossing point for thousands of birds during autumn and spring migration periods. Most impressive of the birds crossing the Straits are the many thousands of raptors, but other birds such as European Bee eater are expected to be seen in good numbers. We will visit the salt pans at Barbate, the wetland area known as La Janda and also strategic watch points for raptors.
The last area we will visit during this tour is The Serranía de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema. This area is unique and an important area for European birds. Not only is the area rich in breeding species, some four different species of eagle nest here, but also because of its’ close proximity to the Straits of Gibraltar. It is an extremely important feeding area for migrant birds.
Here we will look for interesting mountain species as Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Choughs. It is also a good place to observe, from hides by feeding stations, the different raptors such as Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture and sometimes the Ruppell's Vulture