Flushing the Birds at the Beach
Henry flushes birds at the beach with his umbrella, which consequently brings a pursuing plane to crash. The stunning beach from this legendary movie scene is located in Andalusia, Spain. To find the exact filming location read on or click on the map pointer in the image section above.
“I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne. Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky.”
Henry Jones, Sr.
Where did they film the “Flushing the Birds at the Beach” scene?
The scene in which Henry Jones, Sr. takes an umbrella and flushes the birds flock into the sky, to destroy a plane, is filmed at Playa de Mónsul (Mónsul beach) which is located in Andalusia, Spain.
Hint: Click the map pointer icon in the image area at the top for the exact map location.
The Mónsul beach is part of the Cabo de Gata–Nijar Natural Park. It is rather secluded and around 3 miles (5 km) away from the nearest village San José. A big lonely rock in the middle, sandy beach, clear water and the location in nature makes the bay of Mónsul something special, worth visiting. 50 minutes away by car is the town of Almeria which has its own Airport making the region accessible from anywhere.
Hints: There are no facilities at the beach so be sure to take everything you need with you when you visit. There might be a parking fee and problems with parking after 11.00 during high season. You can avoid this by taking a shuttle bus which stops at all beaches at Cabo de Gata.
The scene filmed at the Mónsul beach:
While Indiana (Harrison Ford) and Henry (Sean Connery) are chased by German planes, their car gets hit. Forced to flee by foot, they come to a beach. The plane is turning and getting into position but Henry seems to have a plan. He takes his umbrella and starts to move towards a flock of gulls on the beach. Making funny noises while opening and closing the umbrella, he scares the gulls. Some of the rising birds hit the coming plane, causing it to lose control and crashing into a stony hill.