Birding Big Day from dawn to dusk (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

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Birding Big Day -from dawn to dusk- is a complete birdwatching experience through the most biodiverse region in Southern Spain.

Woods, mountains, wetlands, farmlands and rivers will bring you so close to the 250 bird species that can regularly be found in this part of the world.

The target will be fully identifying by sight or sound as many species as possible, though in an even, quite, enjoying the landscape and natural surroundings way. No rush or competition, just lots of birds in superb scenery.

The trip will start early in the morning and end up at dusk. We will bring picnic bags for lunch and do breakfast and the necessary comfort stops.

Are you ready for the challenge!!!

 

Please, do not forget to wear comfortable shoes, warm clothes, hat and sunscreen.

Trip duration: Full Day

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Possible species (not exhaustive):

All year: Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cooki), Barn Owl (Tyto alba), Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura), Blackbird (Turdus merula), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus), Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius), Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata), Calandra Lark (Melanocorypha calandra), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti), Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus), Coal Tit (Periparus ater), Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild), Coot (Fulica atra), Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra), Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Crested Lark (Galerida cristata), Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus), Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata), Dipper (Cinclus cinclus), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), Gadwall (Anas strepera), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Great Tit (Parus major), Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis), Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Iberian Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis), Jackdaw (Corvus monedula), Jay (Garrulus glandarius), Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Linnet (Carduelis cannabina), Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Little Owl (Athene noctua), Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Long-eared Owl (Asio otus), Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus), Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Nuthatch (Sitta europaea), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Pochard (Aythya ferina), Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio), Raven (Corvus corax), Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia), Rock Dove (Columba livia), Rock Sparrow (Petronia petronia), Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Serinus serinus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla), Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis), Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor), Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus), Tawny Owl (Strix aluco), Thekla Lark (Galerida theklae), Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus), Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala), Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus), Woodlark (Lullula arborea), Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), Wryneck (Jynx torquilla), Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis), Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

Summer: Alpine Swift (Apus melba), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica), Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata), Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus), Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica), House Martin (Delichon urbicum), Iberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus ibericus), Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta), Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus), Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus), Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Red-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis), Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis), Rufous Bush Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes), Scopoli’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea diomedea), Scops Owl (Otus scops), Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla), Slender-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus genei), Spectacled Warbler (Sylvia conspicillata), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans), Swift (Apus apus), Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Western Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli), Western Olivaceus Warbler (Iduna opaca), Western Orphean Warbler (Sylvia hortensis), Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), White-rumped Swif (Apus caffer), Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator), Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)

Winter: Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris), Artic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus), Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus), Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla), Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita), Common Scoter (Melanita nigra), Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Crane (Grus grus), Dunnock (Prunella modularis), Ferruginous Duck (Aythyas nyroca), Gannet (Morus bassanus), Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria), Great Egret (Casmerodius albus), Great Skua (Stercorarius skua), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus), Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis), Mediterranean Gull (Ichtyaetus melanocephalus), Merlin (Falco columbarius), Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus), Razorbill (Alca torda), Red Kite (Milvus milvus), Redshank (Tringa totanus), Redwind (Turdus iliacus), Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), Ringed Ouzel (Turdus torquatus), Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Sanderling (Calidris alba), Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis), Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus), Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Siskin (Carduelis spinus), Skylark (Alauda arvensis), Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos), Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Teal (Anas crecca), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola).

On passage: Audouin’s Gull (Larus audouinii), Baillon’s Crake (Porzana pusilla), Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus), Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Black Tern (Chlidonias niger), Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), Caspian Tern (Hidroprogne caspia), Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola), Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), Dunlin (Calidris alpina), Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin), Garganey (Anas querquedula), Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Grasshopper Warbler (Locustela naevia), Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), Great Skua (Stercorarius skua), Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus), Knot (Calidris canutus), Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus), Little Stint (Calidris minuta), Little Tern (Sternula albifrons), Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), Pintail (Anas acuta), Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), Razorbill (Alca torda), Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), Redshank (Tringa totanus), Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardi), Roller (Coracias garrrulus), Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), Sand Martin (Riparia riparia), Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus), Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia), Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana), Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides), Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii), Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis), Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), Winchat (Saxicola rubetra), Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida), Whitethroat (Sylvia communis), White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus), Wigeon (Anas penelope), Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola).

Price includes:

  • English speaking birding guides.
  • Transport.
  • Binoculars, telescope and bird books in English.
  • Trip accident insurance.

The trip departure time is chosen by you.

Meals are not included in the price. We can bring a picnic bag with us or stop in a restaurant en route.
Please, wear appropriate shoes and clothing according to the season, and remember: the countryside is colder than the beach!

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TRIP PRICE (€ VAT included):

FULL DAY

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 210€
Torremolinos 215€
Benalmádena 225€
Fuengirola 230€
Mijas 245€
Marbella 265€
Estepona 295€
Nerja 260€
Antequera 225€
 

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