Getting there was thankfully straightforward with return flights to Malaga available relatively cheaply and our accommodation at Villa Matilde was great and in an ideal location for Lynx searching.
Whilst at Sierra de Andujar, we split our time between La Lancha and Encinarejo (mainly the former) and visited the Guadalhorce reserve in Malaga upon arrival at the airport. We also briefly stopped at El Torcal near Antequera on our return in search of Spanish Ibex which we had failed to see at La Lancha. The wildlife highlights (these are just some of over 100 species seen on the trip) include:
At least 8 seen at Guadalhorce including a couple of black-headed individuals (this is a variation in 1st winter males).
3 at Guadalhorce (all 1st-winters) including one that showed very well briefly along the river.
Relatively common at Sierra de Andujar (and a few seen at El Torcal) including flocks of 40+ birds riding thermals.
Black (Cinnaerous) Vulture
3 seen near La Lancha including one low individual
Spanish Imperial Eagle
A couple seen near La Lancha including one circling with a small group Griffon Vultures.
1 seen distantly at Guadalhorce.
A surprisingly large number displaying at Guadalhorce including some birds showing well.
Common in Sierra de Andujar
2 at La Lancha
4 seen distantly at Guadalhorce
2 unexpectedly seen near La Lancha
Blue Rock Thrush
An adult male and 1st-winter male seen near La Lancha
Iberian Grey Shrike
A couple seen near La Lancha
Fairly common at Sierra de Andujar with small, mobile flocks very noticeable in the valley near La Lancha. Generally quite shy but we got very good views at Encinarejo. One of my favourite species form the trip!
Frequently seen flying over in Malaga and I eventually located a flock feeding on berries just outside the Guadalhorce reserve.
2 at La Lancha
2 seen at Guadalhorce, 1 near La Lancha and a group of 4 along the Encinarejo trail.
A few seen most days.
Common across the region often associating with Goldfinches and Greenfinches.
A flock of 3 near La Lancha and at least 12 along the Encinarejo trail.
2 at La Lancha and relatively common at El Torcal including a very approachable female in the car park.
Several at Guadalhorce and seen occasionally at Sierra de Andujar.
1 seen near La Lancha
3 seen near La Lancha
Having failed to see them at La Lancha we stopped off at El Torcal on our journey back to the airport. After some searching I eventually came across a herd(?) of 16 animals. A bit of clambering over the rocks and I had superb views!