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The Following Reports are available from Almeria, Spain :
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Spain – Almería 2–9 October 2003

  • We headed for Cabo de Gata and the search for Dupont's Lark (which proved fruitless).  However a good number of migrants were noted in the coastal strip near to the visitor centre.  Highlights were a Montagu's Harrier and 5 Red-rumped Swallow.  We proceeded to Cabo de Gata lighthouse where good numbers of Black Wheatear were noted....Mark Easterbrook reports.
white-headed duck

Almeria Spain 29th Jan - 12th Feb. 2003

  • I arrived at Cańada de Las Norias, on the outskirts of Las Norias town, about 1.30pm and spent the afternoon there. This is one of the best birding spots in the area and a must to visit, one of those places where anything can, and does turn up. I visited here several times over the next 2 weeks and each time saw at least one bird not seen on a previous visit...John H.Johns reports.

East Almeria (South-East Spain) 20 to 26 November 1999 and 9 to 23 March 2002

  • In 1999, we stay one week at Vista Natalia, in the village of Mojacar, and in 2002 at the Vera Beach Club, Garrucha (both are RCI exchange resorts). Vera Beach Club is a few meters to the mouth of the Rio Antas and to the beach...Georges and Mireille Olioso report.

Almeria (based at Mojacar) Nov.1999

  • Detailed trip list from Nov. 1999 by Alan Edwards

Eastern Almeria-Southern Spain. Summer 1997 and 1998

  • This detailed report highlights what can be seen in the very hot summer months and also identifies some previously unpublished sites that give rewarding birding in the east of the region. It is based on two, two week visits spanning the end of July and the beginning of August...John Girdley reports

Spain - Western Almeria May 1995

  • This report covers the period 18th May 1995 to 31st May 1995. We were based at Roquetas de Mar, Almeria, and were on a family package holiday with birding very much a secondary activity (according to my wife !). I hired a car for just two days (2 mornings) and a bicycle for 1/2 a day, and all other bird watching was done on foot, usually for about 2 hours after dawn. Roquetas is an ideal base for the birder under these restrictions, because there is much to see within easy walking distance, although from the family point of view it should be noted that whilst the resort itself is excellent, the beach is very poor for making sand castles! .. A report by Colin Davies

Almeria based at Roquetas de Mar Spring 1997 and 1998

  • Belgian birder Dirk Raes lead tour groups to this splendid area of Spain, this is his report.


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Some Useful bird books for Almeria, Spain :
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Birdwatching on Spains Southern Coast
John R. Butler: Buy from

  • Written by local expert and guide, John Butler, "Birdwatching on Spain's Southern Coast", is the ideal accompaniment for the holidaying birder on Spain's Southern Coast. The real strength of this guide over similar books is the information about the lesser known sites close the resorts of the Costa's. Great if you only want a quick hours early morning jaunt before the heat of the Summer sun becomes unbearable. Also covered in good detail are Doñana and the main Almeria sites...Recommended.

Where to watch birds in Southern and Western Spain
Ernest Garcia and Andrew Paterson: Buy from or

  • The reprint and update of this excellent book have been long awaited. I have birded in this region of Spain many times and yet I still have much to learn, Garcia and Paterson are the experts. Where else in Europe can you see five species of swift in one day? Did you know that Ruppel's Griffon Vulture is now regular in part of the region? New sites have been added and access details thoroughly updated. Areas covered include birding hotspots such as Extremadura, Gibraltar and Ronda. A "must buy" if you are traveling to Southern Spain.

The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe
Rob Hume, Peter Hayman (Illustrator): Buy from

  • This is quite simply the best illustrated guide to Europe's birds that I have seen. Every bird is pictured at least five times (and sometimes twenty times) in varying poses within its habitat. Seeing the birds in context, really gives this book the edge.
    The text, written by an expert, is concise, thorough and up to date. Many of the recent splits are included. The likes of Yelkouan Shearwater and Southern Grey Shrike are illustrated superbly for perhaps the first time in any recent guide.
    More than a field guide, the book is coffee table size, and certainly deserves to be in the collection of every serious bird watcher.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson: Buy from or

  • "Well, it has been much hyped but it is all true. This beats most other European guides by a significant margin. The songs and calls are extremely well notated, even though the pronunciation takes some getting used too. Many pictures for each species. Very information dense. Buy it. The best available bird identification book for Spain

Where to Watch Birds in North and East Spain
Michael Rebane, Stephen Message: Buy from or

  • North and east Spain embraces an impressive range of habitats from the Pyrenees to the sun-drenched Catalan coast. As a consequence the area is rich in birdlife and full of potential for visiting birders. The 189 sites are described in terms of habitat, access and the species to be seen. The 104 major sites are accompanied by a map as well as maps of the region to show the location of each site.

Birds of the Strait of Gibraltar
Clive Finlayson: Buy from

  • The Strait of Gibraltar is famous as a major point of passage for Palaearctic birds migrating between their European breeding grounds and their winter quarters in Africa. The author, a native of the Rock, presents an account of the region and its resident and transitory bird life

Recommended travel books for Spain:

The Rough Guide to Spain
Mark Ellingham: Buy from or

  • Published Jan. 2002, "The Rough Guide to Spain" is thoroughly up to date (all the prices are in Euro's!) and of the usual high standard that we have come to expect from Rough Guides. This is an excellent guide to my favourite place in Europe for a bird watching holiday. Over a thousand fact filled pages entice the reader to visit the towns, castles and Moorish villages, so full of character and history. For the birder, there is a very useful section on wildlife that gives an overview of the birds to be seen and the main regions to see them.

The Rough Guide to The Pyrenees
Marc Dubin: Buy from or

  • Anyone could find their perfect retreat in the Pyrenees, a range that encompasses in its four-hundred-kilometre length a diversity of landscapes rarely equalled in Europe. Between the balmy beaches of the Mediterranean and the more turbulent Atlantic coast lie regions of lush meadowland, peaks permanently clad in ice, sun-beaten canyons of sinuously sculpted rock, swathes of dense broadleaf forest, weirdly eroded limestone pinnacles and valleys so sheer and overgrown that scarcely a ray of light penetrates them.

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