As well as aiming for all five European Swift species, we can also hope for a great selection of raptors including Griffon Vultures, Egyptian Vultures, Bonelli’s and Spanish Imperial Eagles, Short-toed and Booted Eagles, Black-winged Kites and Lesser Kestrels. Perhaps surprisingly, at this time of year, the return to Africa has already begun for some species, so we may well start to see flocks of White Storks and Black Kites crossing the Straits. Resident Spanish specialities include Firecrest, Short-toed Treecreeper, Crested Tit and Northern Bald Ibis. Visits to wetlands should yield a host of waders including Black-winged Stilt, Kentish Plover and Collared Pratincole, as well as star birds like Purple Swamphen, Eurasian Spoonbill and Greater Flamingo.
This time of year is also superb for invertebrates, with Monarch butterflies, Two-tailed Pashas, Four-spotted Emerald and Copper Demoiselle all in flight.
Common, Pallid, Alpine, Little and White-rumped. From our home in Andalucía, we endeavour to bring you together with all five species of that most aerially superb genus, the Swift, all over the course of a weekend of fantastic and varied birding!
Because of its strategic position at the gateway of two continents, Andalucía is a unique blend of European and African, with our beloved Apus species passing through on their way to and from breeding grounds, and the more typically African amongst them choosing the Iberian peninsula as one of their very localised breeding sites in Europe. It’s one of the very few places in Europe you can see them all!
This southernmost Spanish province is the most biodiverse region not only in Spain but the whole of Europe. So, set our swift-spotting against a background of superb resident species in intertidal, wetland, farmland, woodland and urban habitats, accompanied with fantastic tapas, passionate discussions, and welcoming people, and you’re looking at a weekend to remember!