Birds of the Valley of the Guadalhorce (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain)

 

Guad-al-horce means "the silently flowing river"...

 

img rio grande

Protection status: : Site of Community Importance (Ríos Guadalhorce, Fahala y Pereilas – ES6170033)

Once the Guadalhorce noisily runs through Los Gaitanes Gorge (El Chorro), it becomes a peaceful vein of life across lemon and orange groves softly meandering towards the Mediterranean.

This valley is a place of reference for watching ardeids, hosting Grey and Night Herons and Little and Cattle Egrets all year, with Squacco and Purple Herons on passage, and Great Egrets in winter. The seven of them may happen together during the passage periods.

It is home of Black Storks in winter and other birds like Red-necked Nightjars, Bee-eaters, Red-rumped Swallows, Olivaceous Warblers and Golden Orioles find perfect conditions for breeding in summer.

Trip duration: Half day (Valley of the Guadalhorce) or Full day (Valley + Mouth of the Guadalhorce or Valley of the Guadalhorce + El Chorro)

INQUIRY / QUOTATION

Please, visit our photo gallery at Pinterest

Possible species (not exhaustive):

All year: Barn Owl (Tyto alba), Blackbird (Turdus merula), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti), Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos), Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra), Crested Lark (Galerida cristata), Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Jay (Garrulus glandarius), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Linnet (Carduelis cannabina), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Raven (Corvus corax), Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa), Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Serinus serinus), Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor), Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis), Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

Summer: Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata), Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus), House Martin (Delichon urbicum), Lesser Kestrel (Falco naumanni), Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna opaca), Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus), Red-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Swift (Apus apus), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator), Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)

Winter: Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Chiffchaf (Phylloscopus collybita), Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Great Egret (Casmerodius albus), Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Siskin (Carduelis spinus), Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Teal (Anas crecca)

On passage: Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), Redshank (Tringa totanus), Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides), Wigeon (Anas penelope), Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus).

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!

INQUIRY / QUOTATION

 

Jul/Aug Special Offer!!!
20%
discount on "Early Morning Trips" (half day) to:
 
Mouth of the Guadalhorce
 
Valley of the Guadalhorce
 
Montes de Malaga

 

TRIP PRICE (€ VAT included):

For more than one trip, please, consult our special offers in “Tours” section!

HALF DAY (Valley of the Guadalhorce)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 130€
Torremolinos 140€
Benalmádena 155€
Fuengirola 165€
Mijas costa 170€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point (*)
Málaga 100€
Torremolinos 110€
Benalmádena 115€
Fuengirola 120€
Mijas costa 125€
(*) Plus 10€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

FULL DAY (Valley + Mouth of the Guadalhorce)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 175€
Torremolinos 185€
Benalmádena 195€
Fuengirola 200€
Mijas Costa 210€
Marbella 235€
Estepona 260€
Nerja 235€
Antequera 210€
 
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 (Valley of the Guadalhorce + El Chorro)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 180€
Torremolinos 190€
Benalmádena 200€
Fuengirola 210€
Mijas Costa 220€
Marbella 235€
Estepona 260€
Nerja 235€
Antequera 200€
 
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.

INQUIRY / QUOTATION

Gallery