Jardín de las Águilas – Eagle Gardens
On top of Monte Calamorro in Benalmádena, reachable on foot or by cable car (Teleférico) is the Jardín de las Águilas, Garden of Eagles, a bird of prey breeding and recovery centre as well as a centre for falconry.
The centre is run by Jurgen Nikolaus, born in Germany but moved to Spain in the early 1990’s, and there are regular falconry exhibitions where you can see some of the hundreds of birds of prey ‘in action’ as it were.
In November 2007, the centre achieved a unique hatching in the world when a couple of Buzzard Eagles, Geranoaetus melanoleucus, deviated away from their usual breeding season and hatched an egg in November. The Buzzard Eagle, a native of South America, is also sometimes known as the Chilean Blue Eagle.
The centre has also provided a number of Red Kites to South Wales and southern England as part of efforts to reintroduce the species into the UK.
Amongst the birds at the centre, and to be seen during the exhibitions of falconry, are:
Eagle Owl, Bubo bubo
Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos
Harris Hawk, Parabuteo unicinctus
Griffon Vulture, Gyps fulvus
American Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus
There are also American Bald Eagles, Red Kites, Black Kites, Barn Owls and many more.