Birding at El Chorro (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Today was the day of the Alpine Swifts...

Have a look at the pictures and the complete list of birds observed below!!!

I read something about an outbreak of fire in the Sierra de Almorchon this week and was a little bit worried about one of my favourite birding patches. So I decided to have a look the way I like: getting there before dawn!

I took the way to the cliffs and the day broke when I was in front of the Gaitanejo Gorge. I could only hear some Blackbirds and some strange noises coming from the Gaitanejo reservoir. A few gusts of very hot wind coming from the south soon fuelled the songs of millions of cicadas.

Little birds did not pose for me today. Despite I heard the calls of Sardinian and Dartford Warblers, they never came close to me and the Black Wheatears and Blue Rock Thrushes thought they were not still ready for pictures.

I saw the silhouettes of the Bonelli’s Eagles flying close to the gorge and soon after that, the Golden Eagle soared at the very top of the sierra, but only the Egyptian Vulture made me take a far from decent picture.

The breeze at the top of the cliffs was perfect for the vultures to slowly fly before I arrived and then for the Alpine Swifts which kept me very entertained for a long time.

Some more flights by the Golden Eagle at the top and a fierce persecution of a poor vulture by the Bonelli’s before I came back.

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Complete list of birds observed:

  SPECIES SCIENTIFIC NAME
1 Alpine Swift  Apus melba
2 Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros
3 Black Wheatear  Oenanthe leucura
4 Blackbird  Turdus merula
5 Blue Rock Thrush  Monticola solitarius
6 Bonelli’s Eagle  Aquila fasciata
7 Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs
8 Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
9 Crag Martin  Ptyonoprogne rupestris
10 Dartford Warbler  Sylvia undata
11 Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus
12 Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos
13 Greenfinch  Chloris chloris
14 Griffon Vulture  Gyps fulvus
15 House Martin  Delichon urbicum
16 Linnet Carduelis cannabina
17 Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus
18 Rock Bunting  Emberiza cia
19 Rock Dove Columba livia
20 Sardinian Warbler  Sylvia melanocephala
21 Spotless Starling  Sturnus unicolor
22 Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus
23 Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
Last modified onSaturday, 05 August 2017 15:51