Overview

This brief yet exciting extension to the Strait of Gibraltar in Spain is timed for the amazing Spring Migration, whereby thousands upon thousands of raptors and a huge array of other Eurasian species make the daily crossing from the African Continent back to their summer breeding grounds in Europe and Asia. Aside from marveling at this incredible spectacle, some of the many highlights we can expect during our time in this immensely important flyby area include the Iberian endemic Spanish Imperial Eagle, visiting a newly established breeding colony of the Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis, an exhilarating sea cruise in search of seabirds and several species of whales and dolphins, and spending time at a colony of very confiding Lesser Kestrels in the port town of Tarifa.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonellí’s Eagle, Northern Bald Ibis, White-headed Duck, Marbled Teal, Audouin’s, Yellow-legged & Slender-billed Gull, Scopoli’s & Balearic Shearwater, Great Skua, chances for Little Bustard, Eurasian Stone-curlew, Collared Pratincole, Caspian Tern, Iberian Chiffchaff, Common Firecrest, European Crested Tit
Top Mammals
Pilot, Sperm & Fin Whale, Orca, Bottlenose & Striped Dolphin
Habitats Covered
coastline, open sea, islands, dunes, marshes, mudflats, salt plants, Cork Oak Forest
Expected Climate
mild, Mediterranean climate, though can be cold & windy at this time of year
Max Group Size
12 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
mostly very relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy
Other Attractions
vast numbers of migrating raptors & other species, visiting a newly established breeding colony of Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis, photographing a breeding colony of Lesser Kestrel, whale watching sea cruise
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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Rob Williams was a fantastic guide -- "Everything's under control!" He is absolutely superb at bird identification. Rob has a great sense of humor, and a wonderful relationship with the innkeepers and vendors along our way. Yeray Seminario, our guide on the Gibraltar Extension, is a treasure! He is soft-spoken, easy-going, approachable, and incredibly knowledgeable about birds. I was delighted to learn that he is an eBird moderator for Spain. He directed us to several great restaurants in the Tarifa area. Alberto Bueno is a sweetheart! He is so classically Spanish and so passionate about the birds. Except for myself (!), I think he was the most enthusiastic about EVERY bird we saw. He is a delightful guide -- compassionate, generous and fun. He and Rob made an unbeatable team and got along seamlessly. We saw well over 250 species of birds, enjoyed fantastic scenery, food and wine! It was a very good trip, and my thanks go to Rob, Yeray and Alberto for all their hard work.

I enjoyed the tour and was especially pleased with our tour leader, Rob Williams, and both local guides, who were excellent and very adept at finding our target birds as well as managing all the logistics required by a trip of this nature. This was my first Rockjumper birding tour and the tour exceeded my expectations.

Guides Rob Williams & Alberto Bueno were professional, diligent and hardworking throughout the tour, maintaining their sense of humour and pleasant demeanour to the end; their respective birding competence was impeccable and, more importantly, they functioned as a team without issue or conflict, complimenting each other in a manner which quite enhanced the trip.

Everything was very good. We certainly tried for everything. Great that we had the time to look at reptiles, frogs, etc. I certainly got almost all my major targets.

We had a wonderful tour in Spain. It was so nice that our guide, Rob, could speak Spanish. We saw many more species and lifers than we expected to. We would love to do another trip with him.

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