Trip Report: Costa Almeria (Spain), April 15-22, 1997

Dirk Raes, Belgium;

Dear friends,

Being back from guiding a birding-trip (15.04-22.04.97) to Costa Almeria - Andalusia - Spain, I would like to give you some information on this very good birding place. This birding-trip for the Ornithological Society De Wielewaal was organised by the travel-agency Ro-Travel ( located in Sint Genesius Rode (Belgium).

An ideal place to stay is Hotel Sabinal / Urb. Roquetas de Mar. You can contact the reception (Kazimiero or Paco) or the direction (Antonio Magan) on tel. (9) or fax (9) These people are very helpful. I gave the director a Spanish birdbook. He promised to learn 10 birds daily :-)

The hotel is situated in the center, although you can find Hoopoe (U. epops) early in the morning around the swimming-pool. Just go out by the garden and do some sea-watching. This resulted for us in several Cory's Shearwater (C. diomedea) and Mediterranean Shearwater (P. yelkouan). Every day we saw also see Northern Gannet (M. bassanus), Little Tern (S. albifrons), Common Tern (S. hirundo), Sandwich Tern (S. sandvicensis). Special was on 21.04 the Razorbill (A. torda). Walking around in the center you can find easy Sardinian Warbler (S. melanocephala), even already with young birds, Hoopoe (U. epops) and passing over groups of Little Egret (E. garzetta). We saw on 16.04 a group of 36!

Hereby some of the most 'special' observations during the excursions made to:

Several other excursions have been made - in target of specific birds:

If you want to visit this area - just do it - , you can always mail for more info.

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