Birdwatchers Birdwatching British tourists expats Bird watching from hide Guadalhorce River Estuary Natural Area Malaga Costa del Sol Spain in winter
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Dimensions:5472 x 4618 px | 46.3 x 39.1 cm | 18.2 x 15.4 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:21 February 2019
Location:Guadalhorce River Estuary Natural Area Malaga
Malaga's birdwatching paradise. - The Guadalhorce River Estuary Natural Area (Paraje Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce) is situated on a naturally formed island where the Guadalhorce river flows into the Mediterranean. The river branches off into two sections just before joining the Mediterranean, creating a swathe of land that is one of the most ecologically varied in Andalucia. Over the years, it has become one of the most important bird breeding and migration sites in eastern Andalucía. Today, the estuary is an authentic natural paradise, with marshlands that are brimming with life. Its hard to believe you are near one of Europe’s busiest airports and a mere stone’s throw away from the centre of Malaga. The estuary is an authentic green oasis. The mix of sweet river and salty sea water has created a unique environment for bird watchers, with a combination of waterfowl and seabirds. Coupled with the fact, that the Guadalhorce river estuary is on one of the main Mediterranean-crossing routes between Europe and Africa. You can never be sure what you are going to see. Of the 350 species that have been recorded in Andalucia, 260 have been found here. The flora is also of particular interest, the varying saltiness of the soil within such a short space has created a wide variety of aquatic plants, reedbeds and scrubs. Some of which, are endemic to the area. Along the river banks are willows, eucalyptus and poplars. There are also tamarisks and palm trees. The estuary is a stop-off for many hundreds of different species of birds and a permanent home to many others. The time of year when you visit determines the type of birds you’ll see. The migratory seasons during spring, autumn and winter are particularly interesting. The migratory seasons during spring, autumn and winter are particularly interesting.