Birdwatching at Finca Limoneros

Birdwatching around the finca
All photographs taken by Keith either at the finca or in the surrounding area.
Whilst Finca Limoneros is situated in the Rio Guadalhorce valley, the surrounding terrain varies widely and includes river valleys, pine and eucalyptus forests, lakes, cliffs and mountains with a rich variety of local birdlife from passerines, including many varieties of Warbler, Shrike, Lark, Flycatcher and Finch through water birds such as Herons, Egrets, Black Storks and wagtails and waders to more exotic species such as Hoopoe, Southern Grey Shrike and Bee-eater, and many raptors.
The finca itself is a great place to stay to watch birds. Bring your scope and binoculars and you will be guaranteed to see a wide range from your own apartment's terrace. Songbirds like the Serin and Goldfinch are everywhere.
The views to the river offer many water birds such as Black-crowned Night heron, Grey Heron, Great and Little Egret, Kingfisher and the like.
This is particularly true at the main times of passage, as the Guadalhorce valley is the chosen path of many migratory species. August to October see hundreds of Bee-eaters, Barn and Red-rumped Swallows and the like gathering before making the trip to Africa for the winter, whilst January to May sees return to northern breeding grounds. Raptors on passage are numerous, with Honey Buzzards, Black and Red Kites, Short-toed and Booted Eagles making up most of the numbers, but with Marsh and Montagu's Harriers making an appearance on occasion.

The river Guadalhorce, which runs through the valley below the finca, is visible in stretches and Grey Herons, Little and Cattle Egrets and waders such as Little Ringed Plover, Common and Green Sandpiper are usually around in season, with always a good chance of Kingfisher and Night Heron.
Lesser Kestrels nest in the tower of the old Arabic Castle of Alora. Bonelli's Eagles and Peregrines are often seen over El Hacho, our local mountain and clearly visible from our garden, and Ravens fly overhead regularly. Hoopoes are to be found regularly around the finca and river.
Birdwatching in surrounding habitats
Easily accessible from the finca are a range of different habitats.

The high sierras with their vertical cliffs and gorges at El Chorro and the Teba Gorge are excellent for Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle and Bonelli's Eagle.
The mountainous areas are also excellent for rock dwellers such as Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting and Black Wheatear, and scrubland birds such as Dartford Warbler.
The pine forests at El Chorro and Montes de Malaga offer Crossbill, Short-toed Treecreeper, Golden Oriole, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Hawfinch and Crested Tit.
Other habitats include river valleys such as he Rio Turon at Ardales for water birds such as Kingfisher, through to wetland habitats at the Campillos lakes and Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, for flamingoes, herons, gulls and terns, waterfowl and waders of all kinds, Hen, Montagu's and Marsh Harrier etc.
All photographs taken by Keith either at the finca or in the surrounding area.