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Costa Blanca good for bird watchers

Costa Blanca good for bird watchers - Van Dam Estates
8th April 2021 author: Remco van Drie

Bird watchers can indulge themselves on the Costa Blanca. This is due to the great variation in habitats
that the coast and the hinterland offer. Roughly five different eco-systems, which sometimes overlap each other, guarantee an impressive diversity.

The habitat where it is easiest to see that diversity is without a doubt the wetlands such as the salt pans and salt lakes around Torrevieja and Santa Pola. There, a variety of water birds can often be viewed from a reasonably close range. Sheltered lookouts make it even easier to take great photos of flamingos, duck species, grebes and many other water birds.

Spotting is also often relatively easy along the 244 long coastline. Even from the beach, still cameras and binoculars can provide exciting experiences. The Balearic pain petrel and the European petrel can be spotted with a bit of luck.

The three other habitats in the province require a bit more patience to spot certain birds. The semi-arid areas in the center and south of the province are, in fact, small deserts with little rain and high temperatures. Birds that have adapted well to this climate include the red-lapped nightjar and the trumpet finch. This is one of the few places where this bird nests in Europe.

The steppes are the smallest habitat in the province and can be found mainly northwest of Alicante on the border with the wide Iberian plains. The lesser kestrel and the small and large bustard feel at home on the steppes and the fields with cereals.

The hills and mountains are perhaps the most difficult habitats to get a good view of birds. Because there are 50 peaks of 1000 meters or higher in the province, there is plenty of potential to be seen, such as different types of eagles, vultures, thrushes and warblers.

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