Birdwatching in Ronda and Grazalema Tour
This 7-day Birding in Serranía de Ronda & Grazalema Tour is a leisurely-paced trip available as a set-departure (also available on request) where you can expect to see around a large variety of bird species. Though just a short journey away from Málaga, the remote wooded mountains of the Serranía de Ronda are worlds apart from Spain’s bustling Costa del Sol.
This little-visited but astoundingly beautiful area hosts the densest raptor populations in Europe, at this time of the year featuring Griffon Vultures, Bonelli’s and Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Eurasian Eagle Owl. In late winter, hardy mountain birds such as Black Wheatear, Rock Bunting, Blue Rock Thrush, Red-billed Chough and Alpine Accentor hang out amongst the imposing limestone crags.
Spanish Ibex cling to seemingly sheer rock faces. Thousands of acres of Mediterranean scrub and Sweet Chestnut forests provide food and shelter for wintering Ring Ouzels, Rock Petronia and Black Redstarts as well as woodland birds like Crested Tit, Hawfinch, Short-toed Treecreeper, and Firecrest.
Nearby, the Fuente de Piedra lake covers an area of almost 1,400 hectares. The shallow, saltwater of this outstanding protected wetland is home to the largest colony of Greater Flamingoes on the Iberian Peninsula. White-headed and Ferruginous Ducks, Red-crested Pochards, Black-necked Grebes and Purple Swamphens stand out amongst the pink-feathered haze, and Black-winged Stilts, Little Stints, Kentish and overwintering Little Ringed Plovers parade in the shallows.
On the surrounding plains and farmland, we´ll enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds of hundreds of Common Cranes resting and feeding before they disperse to their northern breeding grounds, and with luck, groups of Little and Great Bustards and Black-bellied Sandgrouse. Iberian Grey Shrike and Black-winged Kite, Eurasian Stone Curlew and Bluethroat star amid huge flocks of wintering Eurasian Skylarks, Corn Buntings, Spanish Sparrows, Calandra, Crested and Thekla Larks.
As well as a visit to the beautiful town of Ronda – its three historic bridges straddling the Tajo Gorge in spectacular fashion – you’ll have a chance to explore the pretty hilltop villages of the area – we’d be particularly excited to host you in the quirkiest of them, Júzcar, whose inhabitants voted to go against the grain and decorate the village blue! In this gorgeous mountain location amongst Holm Oaks and Sweet Chestnuts, we are in for a splash of luxury, dining on mouth-watering, sustainably produced local specialties from the kitchen of an award-winning chef. Why not go birding in Ronda?
Birding Ronda Tour highlights include:
- Birding in Ronda an astoundingly beautiful area hosts the densest raptor populations in Europe
- Forests full of Crested Tits, Hawfinches, Short-toed Treecreepers and Firecrest
- Little and Great Bustards, Black-bellied Sandgrouse and Bluethroats
- Search the shallow saltwater lakes for White-headed and Ferruginous Ducks, Red-crested Pochards, Black-necked Grebes and Purple Swamphens
- Visit the largest colony for Greater Flamingoes in the Iberian Peninsula
Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.
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Alternative Tour Name: Serranía de Ronda & Grazalema – Bustards, Eagles & Flamingoes
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