The unknown Vulture spectacle! – Ronda and the Straits – Deposit


Our mountain stay should give us views of specialists such as Ring Ouzel, Fieldfare, Redwing Rock Bunting, Red-billed Chough, Alpine Accentor, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Rock Petronia, Bonelli´s and Golden Eagle as well as woodland birds like Crested Tit, Hawfinch Short-toed Treecreeper, and Firecrest.  A massive vulture migration event is in progress at this time of year, and among the thousands of amassing Griffon Vultures we ought to be able to see many other raptors such as Egyptian Vultures, Spanish Imperial Eagles, Short-toed and Booted Eagles, and huge flocks of White Storks.  Visits to local farmlands and wetlands should yield a host of waders including Kentish Plover, Sanderling and Little Stint, as well as Purple Swamphens, Eurasian Spoonbills, Greater Flamingoes and the Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis.


This trip offers the chance to experience not one but two exceptional wildlife areas, combining the lush mountain scenery of the Ronda area with the unparalleled migration spectacle of thousands of Vultures migrating the Straits.

As we climb up from Màlaga through the hills of the Los Alcornacales and Sierra Grazalema Natural Parks, through thousands of acres of cork and laurel forest, we will hopefully have seen birds like Ring Ouzel, Black Redstart and Golden Eagle before we even arrive at our first base.  And your first view of Ronda, perched high above the massive El Tajo canyon surrounded by sweeping pastureland and dramatic craggy hillsides, will surely take your breath away.