Tour At A Glance





Single Room Supplement:


Tour Code:

Intermediate with one late finish. Easy walking

Group Size:

Seven plus leaders

Melodious Warbler Collared Pratincole Marsh Owl Little Swift Glossy Ibis Long-finned Pilot Whale House Bunting Red-rumped Swallow

Straits of Gibraltar - Spain & Morocco - Spring Migration

Date: 16th - 21st April 2019 - SPACES
Leaders: Javier Elorriaga & Oriole Birding Leader [if numbers dictate]



Short-toed Eagle


This unique tour encompasses two countries in one trip as we bird either side of the Straits of Gibraltar during the peak period for spring passage. Joined throughout the tour by local guide and raptor migration expert Javier Elorriaga, we will sample the best birding areas on both sides of the Strait as we combine some of Europe’s best raptor passage with some top drawer birding ‘on the ground’. Winds are key to the raptor passage but with several vantage points available – and armed with Javier’s knowledge – we will hope to connect with large flocks of soaring birds as they arrive from Africa. Storks, buzzards, kites, vultures, harriers, falcons, eagles and hawks stream through in vast numbers, and our trip is timed to coincide with some of the biggest spring arrivals. White Storks often number hundreds in a day [or even in a single flock!] and Black Kite tends to be the commonest large raptor. Variety can be high though and we will expect the unexpected – some of the rarest raptor records for Europe come from this region. Birding along the coast around Tarifa can be superb at this time of year, with hordes of passerine migrants, flocks of gulls, terns and waders and wetlands thronged with herons, egrets, ibis and spoonbills – not to mention a special trip to connect with the reintroduced Northern Bald Ibis. Northern Morocco brings whole new delights, as we look for some of the Western Palearctics rarest species such as Common Bulbul, Laughing Dove, House Bunting, African Blue Tit, Moroccan Magpie, African Chaffinch and Little Swift as well as marshes and wetlands simply bulging with huge flocks of birds. The numbers here have to be seen to be believed! We use the fast ferry to cross from Tarifa to Tangier, adding the chance to see one or two seabirds such as Cory’s Shearwater, and on our final day a short pelagic into the strait will allow us to look for dolphins, seabirds and whales. Your guide will be Javier Elorriaga assissted by an Oriole Birding Leader should numbers dictate, and local guide in Morocco. 



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