Spain Strait of Gibraltar Raptor Migration Tour
The Strait of Gibraltar is one of the best spring raptor-watching destinations in the Old World. Impressive numbers of raptors crossing the Strait, returning from Africa onto Europe to breed, need to overcome the nine-mile long water crossing. As thermal currents develop only weakly over water, soaring raptors lose altitude as they progress across the Strait. By the time they reach the European shores they can be flapping just a few feet above the waves. As a result of this, a larger proportion of birds are seen flying lower, even below eye-level, and a lot closer than in autumn affording great looks and photo opportunities.
Over the last decade, spring season counts averaged around 80,000 Black Kites, 10,000 Booted-Eagles, and 12,000 Short-toed Eagles. Other raptors on migration during this period, although in smaller numbers, include Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Sparrowhawk, Montagu’s and Marsh Harriers, Osprey, Lesser Kestrel and Eurasian Hobby.
In addition to watching the raptor migration, we will explore the former lagoon of La Janda, searching for other resident raptors such as the Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle and Black-winged Kite. Spain also boasts some of Europe’s finest general birding, a fact we will take full advantage of.
Price: $3,150 per person.
Tour guides: Andrés de la Cruz Muñoz w/ Raptours LLC and Luke Tiller, HMANA birding guide
HMANA is partnering with Raptours, LLC for this event.
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