Strait of Gibraltar Birding Tour cover: Booted Eagle in migration over Tarifa. Photography of Yeray Seminario, Birding The Strait.

Doñana, Serranía de Ronda and the Strait of Gibraltar with Hadoram Shirihai

In English, Field Notes by Yeray Seminario

Hadoram Shirihai is amongst the most influential ornithologists on the current international scene. His published works “The Birds of Israel (1996)”, “Sylvia Warblers (2001)”, “Whales, Dolphins and Seals (2006): a field Guide to the Marine Mammals of the World” and “A Complete Guide to the Antarctic Wildlife (2007)” constitute first order landmarks on natural history bibliography. On the occasion of the 2nd edition of the Delta Birding Festival (Tarragona), where he was invited to give a lecture about the re-discovery of several previously considered extinct Oceanic petrels, Hadoram has travelled extensively throughout Spain. His main goal was to photograph autumn plumages of certain target species to illustrate his forthcoming book projects.

Hadoram photographing a large group of Audouin’s Gulls in the Strait of Gibraltar

Birding The Strait has been pleased to organize a tailor-made 5-day tour in Andalusia, covering Doñana Natural Park, Serranía de Ronda and, of course, the Strait of Gibraltar. The highlights of these fully enjoyable days of non-stop birding included the aerial displays of immature Spanish Imperial Eagles, a late brood of Red-necked Nightjar, up to 12 showy Black Wheatears and 2 unexpected Lesser-spotted Eagles, to name but a few.

One out of the 12 Black Wheatears photographed in Serranía de Ronda

One out of the 12 Black Wheatears photographed in Serranía de Ronda

One of the Red-necked Nightjars still present in the Strait of Gibraltar in late September

One of the Red-necked Nightjars still present in the Strait of Gibraltar in late September

In addition to this we have enjoyed some of our local specialities such as the Northern Bald Ibis, Rüppell´s Vulture, “Gibraltar Buzzard”, Common Bulbul, and large numbers of Marsh Harriers, Booted Eagles and Short-toed Eagles on migration. Hear him talk about the vicissitudes of his world expeditions in search of some of the least known birds on the planet and exchanging views on several ornithological aspects has been a unique and fully inspiring experience.

Superb juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagle in the Strait of Gibraltar in September 2015

Superb juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagle in the Strait of Gibraltar in September 2015

We would like to thank Francesc Kirchner and José Luis Copete (Delta Birding Festival), Manuel Mojarro (Doñana Spoontrips), Antonio J. García (Centro de Visitantes del Guadiamar/Guadiamar Educa) and Junta de Andalucía for their collaboration.