Punk Is Not Dead!

Sitting proudly on a nest made of twigs, old wet wipes and what appears to be a leopard-print thong, the bird blinks at the downdraft of a passing truck, shakes the irridescent mohawk sprouting haphazardly out of the back of its raw-looking bald head, and returns to the task of tending its extraordinary metallic greenContinue reading “Punk Is Not Dead!”

5 reasons you should make a Swift decision this July!

  July can be a quiet time for the UK-based Birder, with young and moulting birds skulking in full leaved bushes and trees, quiet and notoriously hard to find. Southern Spain is perhaps not the first place that springs to mind for birding in midsummer but it in fact holds many delights!  And, in theContinue reading “5 reasons you should make a Swift decision this July!”

A right ol’ Wensum do!

Recently we hosted a group from Wensum Valley Bird Society from Norfolk, UK at the end of April. We delighted in Birding on Two Continents with them and as with all our trips we became the best of friends in travel and adventure! If you have a group, bird / wildlife club or simply aContinue reading “A right ol’ Wensum do!”

A Moroccan mini-adventure!

Just a short ferry trip away from Tarifa, Northern Morocco offers superb birding opportunities, putting a trip to North Africa´s teeming wetlands, ancient forests and towering mountains within easy reach of a Spanish wildlife holiday. This we were keen to demonstrate to our good friends Iain and Janet so, as the sun rose on ourContinue reading “A Moroccan mini-adventure!”

Flyway Feasting!

For a Northern European migratory bird, contemplating its daunting 3,000 mile journey to wintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa, access to a network of key food-rich spots to rest, refuel and wait for good weather is a must. These hotspots across the East Atlantic Flyway attract travelling migrants in their hundreds of thousands, making for someContinue reading “Flyway Feasting!”

Mega migration fest!

We are very proud to support and contribute in a small way to the work of Fundación Migres.
We’ve made no secret of the fact that here at the Inglorious Bustards we are self confessed migration junkies! We have shared some magnificent experiences this year collaborating with Migres in conducting counts or witnessing with visiting migration lovers like you!

Four magic Pyrenean moments that´ll knock your woolly socks off!

The Pyrenees area in winter is beautiful, exciting, adventurous and fun!  It’s a challenging place to survive for wildlife, and the harsh conditions bring some star avian species within easy reach for the intrepid birder, allowing to see them how you’ve never seen them before! This is an area all about the specialists, and spending qualityContinue reading “Four magic Pyrenean moments that´ll knock your woolly socks off!”

Vulture science, a call for joined up conservation

Vultures are capable of exploiting huge areas in search of food, and often will perform transnational flights. Yet, despite broadly similar habitats and their abilty to transverse countries, both Griffon and Cinerous Vultures of Spanish origin were rarely located in Portugal.

New Year, New Patch

After a particularly rock and roll New Years Eve, consisting of Toy Story 3, slippers and a bottle of Limoncello, we blew off the old cobwebs this week by exploring our new patch in the bright 2018 sunshine. We’ve recently moved to the village of Facinas, just along the coast from our accommodation partners atContinue reading “New Year, New Patch”

What a year!

Sitting atop the cliffs outside of Tarifa today, we happily wiled away the final daylight hours of 2017 pretty much as we began, gazing out over the narrow stretch of water that separates Europe from Africa, at the epicentre of the East Atlantic Flyway! We were there in the hope of grabbing an extra coupleContinue reading “What a year!”