Birds of El Torcal (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain)

Birds on magical rocks

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Protection status:

  • Natural Site (Paraje Natural del Torcal de Antequera), Special Bird Protection Area (ES0000032), UNESCO World Heritage.

El Torcal is a magical labyrinth of whimsically shaped rocks inhabited by Blue Rock Thrushes, Rock Buntings and Rock Sparrows.

It extends over a plateau on top of vertiginous cliffs home for Griffon Vultures, Bonelli’s Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Choughs and Rock Doves.

In summer, the population of birds is completed with Black-eared Wheatears, Subalpine and Melodious Warblers and Woodchat Shrikes. In winter, Song Thrushes, Redwings and Ring Ouzels find in Hawthorn and Bramble a fortifying source of energy after their long travels from the north.

El Torcal is one of the most important karst samples of Europe. It was the first natural site protected in Andalusia in 1929.

Trip duration: Half day (El Torcal) or Full day (El Torcal + Laguna de Fuente de Piedra or El Torcal + Hoz de Marin)

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Possible species (not exhaustive):

All year: Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura), Blackbird (Turdus merula), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius), Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata), Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus), Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra), Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Crested Lark (Galerida cristata), Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Great Tit (Parus major), Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Iberian Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Linnet (Carduelis cannabina), Little Owl (Athene noctua), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Raven (Corvus corax), Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa), Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia), Rock Dove (Columba livia), Rock Sparrow (Petronia petronia), Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Serinus serinus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla), Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor), Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus), Thekla Lark (Galerida theklae), Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Summer: Alpine Swift (Apus melba), Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica), Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata), Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta), Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus), Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis), Scops Owl (Otus scops), Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans), Swift (Apus apus), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Western Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli), Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe), Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

Winter: Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris), Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita), Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis), Ringed Ouzel (Turdus torquatus), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

On passage: Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Price includes:

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

The trip departure time is chosen by you.

The routes are flexible: we will go where the birds are.
We can watch birds till sunset (in Full day trips).

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):

HALF DAY (El Torcal)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 130€
Torremolinos 145€
Benalmádena 155€
Fuengirola 160€
Antequera 130€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point (*)
Málaga 100€
Torremolinos 110€
Benalmádena 115€
Fuengirola 120€
Antequera 115€
(*) Plus 10€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

FULL DAY (El Torcal + Laguna de Fuente de Piedra)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 200€
Torremolinos 220€
Benalmádena 235€
Fuengirola 240€
Mijas Costa 250€
Marbella 270€
Estepona 300€
Nerja 265€
Antequera 195€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point
Málaga 145€
Torremolinos 155€
Benalmádena 160€
Fuengirola 165€
Mijas Costa 170€
Marbella 180€
Estepona 195€
Nerja 175€
Antequera 155€
(*) Plus 15€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

FULL DAY (El Torcal + Hoz del Marín)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 200€
Torremolinos 210€
Benalmádena 225€
Fuengirola 235€
Mijas Costa 245€
Marbella 260€
Estepona 285€
Nerja 245€
Antequera 195€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point
Málaga 145€
Torremolinos 155€
Benalmádena 160€
Fuengirola 165€
Mijas Costa 170€
Marbella 180€
Estepona 195€
Nerja 175€
Antequera 155€
(*) Plus 15€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

For groups over 4 persons on Birdaytrip's vehicle, other meeting points or tailor made trips, please, send your query.

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