Bird Migration Videos in the Strait of Gibraltar-Part II

A group of migrant Black Kites stopovering in the Strait of Gibraltar. Photo by Javi Elorriaga / Birding the Strait
A group of migrant Black Kites stopovering in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Yes friends, the time has come!

One more year, since time immemorial, the raptor migration has started in Tarifa and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Black Kites on the move

Black Kites are always the first to be noticed. They are on the move in growing numbers. Adults are now in a race from their African wintering quarters to their breeding grounds in Europe. They are in a hurry to occupy the best possible nest site. The Sahara, the ocean, weather constrains and human infrastructure will be the main threats they will have to face. The Black Kite is, by far, the most abundant of all the raptors using this flyway. They often kettle in enormous flocks and gather in communal roosts providing a world class spectacle.

Black Kites gathering in a commonal roost on a Cork Oak. Photo by Javi Elorriaga /Birding The Strait
Black Kites gathering in a commonal roost on a Cork Oak.

Bird Migration Series Part I & II

To celebrate this, we release in our youtube channel the second video of the Birding The Strait migration series. Follow this link to see the Part I.

The new video shows the spring migration back from Africa of the Black Kite  in the Strait of Gibraltar. It contains a selection of the best footage we have filmed over the last springs in Tarifa, the Strait of Gibraltar and Los Alcornocales Natural Park.


The show has only started. Birding The Strait will be offering guided birding day trips and tailor-made tours in Tarifa and the Strait of Gibraltar throughout the season. Feel free to contact us anytime for further information!