Wildlife Photography Birding in Almeria: This Province hosts up to 150 specimens of birds in peak periods, which makes it a paradise for bird watchers. Wetlands act as true shelters when extreme cold temperatures make European birds migrate to the South. They are also excellent resting palces for birds migrating to more distant latitudes, such as Africa.
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I have been devoting many years to Wildlife Photography Birding, Bird Identification and Bird Watching in my homeland Almeria and I am volunteering in a coordinated European program with the purpose to protect the different migratory habitats of birds.
Mother Nature spoiled Almeria with plenty of wetlands and natural environments which attracts both, birdwatchers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
On this page I will show you the wealth of bird species that can be spotted in Almeria. Enjoy!
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|Hoopoe (Upupa epops) in Cabo de Gata Natural Park (Almeria)||Male Common Pochard (Aythya ferina).Sighted in Adra lagoons hyde (restricted area).||Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus). Adra lagoons hyde (restricted area).|
|Tawny pipit (Anthus campestris) in the high mountains of Filabres, in Almeria.||Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe Oenanthe) in Sierra Filabres at 2200 meters over sea level.||Black Tern (Chlidonias Niger) with wintering plumage; Western wetlands of Cabo de Gata Natural Park.|
|Night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax). Cabo de Gata Natural Park||Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax)- Cabo de Gata Natural Park (Almeria). A male looking for wife, in early spring time.||Common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos). A young walking near the ponds.|
|Booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) flying in the skies of Andarax Lowlands.||Male perched Stonechat (Saxicola Torquata).||Black Winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus).|
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Young Green woodpecker (Picus viridis)
Golden plovers (Pluvialis apricaria)
The following is my personal Almería Bird Identification Catalog, built on my own Wildlife Photography Birding and bird watching experience in Almería, throughout more than seven years.To this list there must be added the Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) as well as the Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia).
Note: It is well known that birds scientific names change continually, adjusting to new scientific discoveries. So, some scientific names are not updated, as those of some tits, bonelli´s eagle or the black-headed gull. These corrections shall be made in the near future. At the moment the only aim of this document is to be a useful tool for your birding and pending visit to Almería.
A printed and binded copy of this checklist is given to our visitors on every tour or trip.
My personal acknowledgment to Juanra Fernández Cardenete and Jose Javier Matamala García, that also helped in the edition of this guide.
Enjoy the birds of Almería:
The coast of Almeria counts on many wetlands, such as 'Punta Entinas', salt marshes 'Cerrillos', Ponds of 'La Cañada de las Norias', wetland 'Albuferas de Adra' and salt marshes of Cabo de Gata. Greater Flamingos and other water birds inhabit the numerous wetlands of Almeria as well as the salt marshes where they can eat shrimp, algae, and other small creatures that live in shallow water.
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