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« on: January 10, 2011, 01:20:52 pm »

Hello to all, My family and I are all keen birders/fauna & flora lovers and will be undertaking a 2 week birding break to Andalusia from the UK in early May (9th-20th) 2011. As we will be touring the region during this period I would be grateful if any members could help with information to sites. Naturally, Garcia + trip reports plus this website will be a great help in visualising our route. We are no strangers to travelling in Spain - such an exciting and welcoming country but Andalusia will be new to us and we are looking forward to visiting Gibraltar. Our chosen airport is Malaga and we have decided to make a round trip by first visiting Almeria (Cabo de Gata - Nijar area.) for one of our target species Trumpeter Finch (difficult but any sure sites please?). Progressing eventually to Granada (visit to Palace) and over a period of days we shall be working our way across towards Seville via several stops - La Fuenta de la Piedra, Ronda, before visiting the northern section of the Donana and moving down towards Cadiz - Tarifa and on back to Malaga.
We have two target species - Trumpeter Finch and Little Swift (Ruppell's vulture if we are lucky!) and wish to have further experience with the following:- Bonelli's eagle, Black-shouldered kite (increasing?), and Rufous Bush Robin. Other fauna would be chameleon and lynx (sites) both difficult? Flora (orchids - photography) sites?. Finally - Insects - any excellent dragonfly/butterfly sites?. For my debut on this forum I hope other members don't think I have been too overwhelming it's just enthusiasm for new experiences! I realise certain species I have mentioned are difficult and any information will be treated with respect. Best wishes to all.
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2011, 06:56:57 pm »

Hello Mike.

As you say, it is difficult fo see the trumpeter finch, but a professional birguide I can drive you to the best places where they can be found at this season. For further details, please sned me a message.

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Jesus Contreras
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2011, 07:21:13 pm »

Hi Mike (any past connections with Cornwall?)

Probably best looking for Rüppell's Vulture and Little Swift down near Tarifa / Bolonia. I have a couple of decent sites for RB Robin, so you can send a private message on that one, Bonelli's Eagle has its highest density in the Serrania de Ronda so this would be your best area as indeed it is for Orchids and also good for Butterflies (82+ species).

Hope the above is of some use.


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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2011, 01:14:19 pm »

Many thanks to Peter, Jesus and to John Cantelo for replying and supplying excellent and articulate information which helps to plan out our route and promote our enthusiasm.

Best wishes to all

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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2011, 02:26:17 pm »

Only too pleased to oblige, Mike.  It is, or at least it should be, what birding is all about,

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