Birdwatching is a recreational activity in contact with the environment easy to carry out. Although it is important to bear in mind some recommendations to fully enjoy this easy activity, which may present difficulties as birds move fast and are quite shy.
A great amount and diversity of birds can be found in the Serranía de Ronda for two main reasons: the wide range of ecosystems available in a few square kilometres and migratory birds flying across the region in their migration to or from Europe and Africa. Therefore, it is considered as a Special Protection Area (SPA) by the Andalucian Regional Government and as an Important Bird Area by the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO/Birdlife).
It is essential to have a well chosen equipment and technology but especially you will need a bit of patient and stealth. You can start going to the countryside with binoculars and an easy field guide to identify local birds, planning ahead the watch point as not every bird prefers the same location. You can find different types of habitats depending on the areas: Pasture-rocky, Conifer, Lush, Fluvial and Agricultural.
Other aspects important to consider are the season of the year; in springtime, a wide range of birds can be observed whereas in winter you can watch migratory birds. Generally, birds are more active at dawn and dusk. All this information and additional details can be found in the field guides and, if you prefer, there are some companies specialised in this kind of tourism in the Serranía de Ronda.
If you drive through the road which links the villages Cortes de la Frontera with El Colmenar (or Estación de Gaucín), you will discover a feeding point for carrion birds where you could observe with the naked eye vultures, eagles, corvidae and Egyptian vultures.
You can also rent one of the hides to photograph birds without being seen. One of them is located in the feeding point mentioned trough, the other in the Sierra de las Nieves and the third at Finca La Algaba, near Ronda.
More information and reservations only for guests of our Hotel through our phone or email contact.
Guide Active Tourism in the Serrania de Ronda. David Barrera y Miguel Ángel Mateos. Diputación de Málaga. 2014