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Birdwatching in Straits of Gibraltar & La Janda

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Old Friday 25th January 2019, 19:04   #826
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We are spending a day in Cadiz on a cruise. Not sure where the cruise port is.
We'll have all day so looking for the nearest best birdwatching area whichis eithere walkable or reached by public transport. directions, distances or bus / train service details would be useful.
We'll be there at beginning of april
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The port area isn't huge so you should dock within walking distance of the train station. The train will quickly take you to San Fernando station from which a footpath (Sendero Salina Dolores) takes you along the edge of the salinas back towards Cadiz. I've not done the walk personally but you should pick up a few species. Alternatively, walk (or better still take a taxi) from the station for c3 km to a much better site, the Sendero Tres Amigos, which takes you into the salinas where you should find a variety of waders, Flamingos, Auduoin's Gull, Spoonbill, etc. You should also be able to catch a bus to the university campus and walk through the pines, across a foot bridge to the Valdegrama area. Ferries over to El Puerto can be fun too. For local buses see http://siu.cmtbc.es/es/lineas.php However, I would advise you to contact a local guide who could pick you up and allow you to get to more interesting sites by car which would open up the possibility of species like Crested Coot, White-headed Duck, etc. I should be in Spain in early April and would have been happy to take you out myself but I'm with friends so can't volunteer them as well. Send me a PM with your email and I'll send my detailed notes on birding in the area which should give you some ideas.
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Old Friday 25th January 2019, 20:52   #827
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The port area isn't huge so you should dock within walking distance of the train station. The train will quickly take you to San Fernando station from which a footpath (Sendero Salina Dolores) takes you along the edge of the salinas back towards Cadiz. I've not done the walk personally but you should pick up a few species. Alternatively, walk (or better still take a taxi) from the station for c3 km to a much better site, the Sendero Tres Amigos, which takes you into the salinas where you should find a variety of waders, Flamingos, Auduoin's Gull, Spoonbill, etc. You should also be able to catch a bus to the university campus and walk through the pines, across a foot bridge to the Valdegrama area. Ferries over to El Puerto can be fun too. For local buses see http://siu.cmtbc.es/es/lineas.php However, I would advise you to contact a local guide who could pick you up and allow you to get to more interesting sites by car which would open up the possibility of species like Crested Coot, White-headed Duck, etc. I should be in Spain in early April and would have been happy to take you out myself but I'm with friends so can't volunteer them as well. Send me a PM with your email and I'll send my detailed notes on birding in the area which should give you some ideas.
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That's brilliant. I'll send you a PM.
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Old Thursday 7th March 2019, 17:28   #828
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Hi,
I have been looking at the forum to see if there is any sign of the pre nuptial migration starting, as I will be in the Tarifa area next week, but notice that no one has put anything on the site.
I would be interested to hear what the current situation is.
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Old Saturday 9th March 2019, 08:01   #829
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There have already been days with substantial numbers of black kites, short-toed eagles etc.. You can use previous years observations to get an idea of the timing.
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I live about 50 kms NNW of Tarifa. So far we have seen 5 groups of Black kites, 50 in each group. Also a few swallows and a few small groups of Cranes and Storks.All these flying over my house. Not much so far but it is easy to miss them her, a few kms either side and you would never know about them. A few days of strong Levante(East wind) may not have helped. The numbers should increase very soon.
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Thanks occasional and Gerald,

Hopefully we will post what we see.

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Old Thursday 14th March 2019, 19:33   #832
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We have had a really good three days in the Tarifa area with some exceptional birds.
We have to thank Gerald for taking the time to meet up with us and for showing us the bald ibis at La Barca, Vejer, one of the highlights of the trip.
La Janda was good, although drier than we have seen it in the past, with white storks, spoonbill, glossy ibis, good numbers of green sandpipers and snipe, a short toed eagle and two black winged kites.
Barbate marimas had two ospreys, a pair of yellow wagtails, red breasted merganser, avocet, Caspian tern and little stint.
Sierra de la Plata, blue rock thrush and peregrine.
Santuario and Cazalla watch points, hundreds of white storks, a few black storks, griffon vultures, black kites, short toed eagles, booted eagles and Egyptian vultures.
Tarifa town, thanks to the warden at Cazalla watch point for these, common bulbul and lesser kestrel.
Los lances held a number of waders golden, ringed, little ringed and Kentish plovers; dunlin, sanderling and curlew sandpiper. Raptors over were black kite, marsh harrier and short toed eagle. The other really top highlight was twenty two garganey on the sea, west of Tarifa Island. What a sight to finish the trip.
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I am glad that you enjoyed the Ibis, and it was very nice to meet up with you.
If any else comes this way and wants to meet, send me a PM. Just be aware that I am only an amateur compared to the likes of Bill.
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Two common bulbuis in fig tree by Los Boliches station, Fuengirola yesterday but no sign today
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Sad News

Sad news today - frequent contributor to this thread, Eddy the Eagle - Edward Robert Eyles had passed away. He lived in Los Barios, Cadiz, Andalucia and was a supporter and keen member of the Amigos of the Laguna de la Janda in Spain. Rest in peace.
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Old Monday 6th May 2019, 20:06   #836
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Goodbye Eddy. The world has lost a fine man and I have lost a friend.
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Old Monday 6th May 2019, 20:08   #837
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Old Monday 6th May 2019, 22:42   #838
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I'm shocked and very saddened to hear this news. Although I corresponded with Eddy a good few times, I met him all too infrequently and was disappointed not to bump into him on my recent trip to Spain. Condolences to his friends and family.
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Old Tuesday 7th May 2019, 08:10   #839
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Extremely sad to hear this news.

I always enjoyed Eddie’s reports from this wonderful area.

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Just had a message this afternoon to say that Eddy is still alive, but very ill in hospital. There is apparently some confusion over the announcement yesterday.
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Thanks for the update. Things are clearly very serious but I hope he manages a speedy recovery. Please keep me updated either here or via a PM.
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I had a tweet from Eddy today and, although still unwell, he's hoping to go home from hospital in the near future. I know all his friends here will wish him all the very best and hope to see him out in the field come the autumn if not before.
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All good wishes Eddy!

I do hope you can soon get out and about again.

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