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All with birding leader Stephen Daly of Andalucian Guides
Here are Some of The Wintering and Rarer Resident Birds Of Cadiz Province - Western Andalucia, Spain
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Black Stork - Last year we counted over eighty-five Black Storks in one small area on the Rio Guadalquivir
Black Vulture - visiting or part migrant birds can turn up anywhere during the winter months, usually young birds in the company of or near Griffon Vultures
Black-necked Grebe - Huge ‘rafts’ of these lovely birds can often be found if you know their current locations. This bird is in summer plumage
Bluethroat - One of the prettiest passerines from central or the north of Europe that comes to winter here
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Penduline Tit - Another great little bird to watch feeding on the bullrush heads. A great one to photograph too!
Glossy Ibis - Good numbers of birds are around in the wetter areas particularly rice fields. The southern populations have literally exploded in recent years. A real success story.
Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture - is an African species that has become more common seen within Griffon Vulture groups in recent years.Northern Senegal would be the normal extent of it’s northern range
Great Spotted Cuckoo - Early migrants returning often in December from a short stay in Africa. Often seen in groups of 10-25 birds in Andalucia before heading north
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Atlas Long-legged Buzzard - A rare bird on the southern coast but one that can be seen with luck or knowledge of locations
Dartford Warbler - Another passerine, this one is from the ‘sylvia’ warbler group. A resident, like it’s cousin the Sardinian Warbler, which occurs in good numbers in Spain and Portugal
Lanner Falcon (ssp. erlangeri) - This North African bird is quite special to catch up with in Cadiz province. Winter is the best time to look for them. The photo shows a juvenile bird
Great Egret - Spreading steadily from the east of Europe their presence is more conspicuous each year. As large as a Grey Heron and with a leisurely, flapping flight
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Western Reef Egret (Heron) - Pure forms like this one are often found on the wetlands here. There are also hybrid birds that are crosses with Little Egret x Western Reef Egret
Stone Curlew - Wintering flocks can be up to fifty birds on good winter months.
Hen Harriers - Seen in small numbers in southern Iberia in winter
Little Bustards - Winter and spring are often the best seasons to look for and find these lovely birds. The photo shows two displaying males in spring
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Red-knobbed Coot - One of the most sought after birds in the south of the Iberian peninsula.
Spanish Imperial Eagle - Still is one of the world’s rarest Eagles and a very much desired bird in our immediate area where we can show to show fellow birders
Little Bustard - Always tricky to locate on your own, but we know where they flock in winter
Black shouldered (winged) Kite - A bird of prey that is expanding in Europe. Most birds leave for Africa (Chad) in winter but some birds are still to be found locally
Row 2 L-R
Bonelli’s Eagle - A good number of Adult birds cross The Strait to the foothills of the Atlas mountains in Morocco but juvenile birds tend to stay in the warmer parts of south-western Spain and practice their hunting skills
Northern Bald Ibis - 2008 saw this re-introduced bird breed independently for the first time in Europe in hundreds of years. Flocks of free-flying Northern Bald Ibis can be located with luck or you can secure the services of a guide
Pintailed Sandgrouse - Winter and early spring are the best times to listen out for these wonderful birds. We know where they go and can show photographers and birding enthusiasts
Greater Flamingo - Wintering birds turn up in huge numbers in the south
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White-headed Duck - One of the rarest European ducks and another bird on most birders wish-list
Common Crane - Cadiz province holds over two thousand birds each winter between the months of November and March
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Short-eared Owl - Scarce part-migrant owls turn up regularly in the south each winter
Red-necked Nightjar - They are here - finding them takes patience and local knowledge in winter
Purple Swamphen - One of the most interesting marsh birds to watch feeding. Purple Swamphens (formerly called Purple Gallinule) can cause damage to growing rice crops and are sadly persecuted by the rice producers.
Griffon Vulture - One of the most numerous southern raptors with huge colonies, starts breeding in January. With a massive wingspan often exceeding two and a half meters, this is one of the most visible of all the raptors in the skies above western Andalucia