Ibiza’s Wildlife

29 October 2021

One doesn’t visit Ibiza for a safari or to spot some great wildlife. Ibiza is known for many things but Fauna isn’t one of them. Still, there’s quite a list of birds that can be found here, check a listing of them at the bottom of this page. I planned my trip for October because the Island is less crowded after the summer season and there probably are some migratory birds to be found as an extra.

One of those birds is the Greater Flamingo. You’ll find some in the Formentera area as well, and probably a few lost ones scattered over the island, but the majority is found in Ses Salines Nature Park. By the hundreds, maybe even thousands they will land here in September and October while migrating to Africa.

Ses Salines is the most southern part of Ibiza just next to the Ibiza Airport. (See map)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get really close. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem and my equipment would be sufficient, but this time I only brought a Canon 100-500 mm lens. A great lens for travelling but a bit too short on this occasion. So I only saw the Flaming from quite a distance. However, there were plenty of them. I would estimate some 500 species. One pink ocean of birds. Certainly worth your visit if you ever fly to Ibiza.

Other Birds you can find when visiting Ibiza:
Cory’s Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, European Storm Petrel, Mediterranean Shag, Little Egret, Greater Flamingo, Common Shelduck, European Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Osprey, Common Kestrel, Eleonora’s Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Black-winged Stilt, Stone-curlew, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Little Stint, Dunlin, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Audouin’s Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Common Woodpigeon, European Turtle Dove, Eurasian Scops Owl, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, European Bee-eater, European Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe, Eurasian Wryneck, Greater Short-toed Lark, Thekla Lark, Eurasian Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Northern House Martin, Tawny Pipit, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Iberian Yellow Wagtail, Common Wren, Black Redstart, Whinchat, European Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Eurasian Blackbird, Cetti’s Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Balearic Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Common Firecrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Great Tit, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Woodchat Shrike, Northern Raven, House Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, European Serin, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Eurasian Linnet, Balearic Crossbill

Picture courtesy: White Ibiza. Featured Image borrowed from White Ibiza website

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