The lagoon of Gallocanta is situated on a high continental plain at an altitude of just over 1,000m. It is a purely rain-fed lagoon which is largely dependent on autumn and spring rains if it is to maintain much water into the hot summer months. Apart from being the most important single stopover site for migrating Cranes in Spain, it holds an interesting array of wetland birds when its water level permits, while its shores are visited by steppeland birds and raptors.

Bird Species that can be found in Gallocanta:

  • Black-necked Grebe
  • Red-crested Pochard
  • Greylag Goose (w)
  • Griffon Vulture
  • Golden Eagle
  • Marsh harrier
  • Hen Harrier (w)
  • Montagu's Harrier
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Merlin (w)
  • Common Crane
  • Black-bellied Sandgrouse
  • Great Bustard
  • Stone Curlew
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Kentish Plover
  • Gull-billed Tern
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Calandra Lark
  • Thekla Lark
  • Tawny Pipit
  • waders and ducks