I have never been into birdwatching until I went on a trip with a very talented biologist last week. Owner of a company in Tarifa Southern Spain runs his own business showcasing the wide array of species around the area. Many interested parties travel to Morocco and the north of Spain when they wish to visit a birding destination. I met up with Javier Eloriaga from Tarifa birding Tours who showed me around La Janda, an area full of different birds which settle there when they migrate both in the summer and winter.
La Janda can be accessed by car or by foot, make sure you wear the correct apparel for this as it will be extremely hot in the summer months. March and April are the most successive months to watch birds migrating back for the summer from Africa. The common egret in the area begins to nest its breeding zone within most of the area, a sight to be seen by all as you see the egret prepare for its offspring. Many areas within La Janda provide the naturalist a fantastic insight as to how much flora and fauna, apart from the different species of birds, the area provides. A short drive away from La Janda is Vejer de la Frontera, an area where the Ibis has settled in the past few years to prepare its nests. A must see especially as you drive into town.
Gibraltar being one of the most famous birdwatching migration routes also had to be visited upon our tour. We visited the Upper Rock Nature Reserve where we searched for the famous Barbary Partridge which is now hardly seen in the area. As we searched through the blazing April afternoon we set eyes on the Partridge on the Rocks eatern face. The partridges have been accustomed to be seen here as there is little human movement. During migration periods you will be able to see different types of astonishing birds migrating back to northern Europe as their homes become warmer.
Our last stop of our tour was Bolonia close to Tarifa, one of the surfing capitals of the world. Once in Bolonia we drove up to Playa de los Lances a popular visitng area where you will be able to have a glance at the Bald Iris Eagle, this was a fantastic experience as they are remarkable to just gaze as they glide through the sky.
There are many other interesting features within Andalucia related to Birdwatching. I have just featured a mere few, if you wish to find out more please contact us and we will direct you to the right people who know the area.
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Featured Photography: Karon Yusifredo