Cadiz offers a wide variety of spaces where birdlife is abundant, the landscapes are wonderful and nature is overflowing, with one of Europe's largest breeding colonies of griffon vulture. Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park of the Acorns, La Sierra de Grazalema, La Brena and marshes of Barbate Natural Park of the Bay of Cadiz and the Strait are authentic natural paradises.
Bird migration in the Strait
The Strait of Gibraltar is one of the most important places in the world for observing bird migration. Its geographical location, its proximity to Africa connecting two continents and two seas (Mediterranean and Atlantic) give rise to the concentration of millions of birds during their migrations trips.
More than 300 species of birds can be seen in the Strait of Gibraltar during migration. Particularly notable are the prey and storks, seabirds and shorebirds.
Some of the species that pass are afflicted by various situations of threat, being the Strait, key for observing migratory birds.
Climatic factors that occur in the area, largely determines the migratory flow, a good knowledge of the area being required to obtain the desired results.
We have the advantage of knowing the coast and places through which the migratory path depending on these climatic factors, always look for the best sighting points depending on the prevailing winds occurs.
Moreover, we will visit the facilities that the Migres Foundation (of which we are coloboradores) has in the area, they can enjoy its magnificent interpretation center migration and its privileged observatories.
To complement this exciting journey, we will embark for sea birds and have the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, etc.
Vultures and Eagles
Our route starts at the foot of one of the most beautiful white villages of the Sierra de Cadiz: Zahara de la Sierra.
From here we visit the buitreras of the nearby gorges this population, impressive canyons with vertical walls where the griffon vulture nest every year offering an impressive show with their comings and goings on flying low, while the scandalous "chovas piquigualdas" perform amazing flights .
From here we continue to the highest areas of the mountains where besides enjoying stunning views across the mountain range, we can admire the majestic gliding of the griffon vulture and without much difficulty odd-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle and even luck Eagle Real and as a curiosity, emblematic tree species endemic to these mountains: the Pinsapo, considered a vegetable relic of the tertiary period.
We conclude the route at the foot of Castle of Zahara de la Sierra putting finishing touches on this day.