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Welcome

A very warm welcome to the Andalucia Bird Society web site.
Here you will find information on birdwatching in Andalucia. A great resource for exchanging and or getting information on many aspects of birding here in southern Spain. If you intend visiting this area, then an open and FREE forum allows you to contact locals on specific site or species information. Contribute to our database & conservation efforts by submitting your vacation trip reports and sighting records to the society.
The main site and the forum also have areas restricted to members of the society. To get even more benefits from our web activities and also be entitled to receive newsletters and attend field trips why not JOIN US?

News

Our latest field meeting itinerary can be viewed on our forum, find out more follow this link
We are not just about birds! Why not add your observations to the Other Wildlife Board on our forum follow this link
We have now published the March 2014 rarities and welcome any additions. To see the current list follow this link

Announcements

Andalucia Bird Society in the News. 
The Andalucia Bird Society now has a regular article in the free newspaper The News.  Each article is about a different bird species that you will find in Andalucia. 

 

 Do you know of any county or national bird clubs, societies, organisations that might want to exchange links with us? We think we can offer their members a great resource through mutual links and able to give their members a point of contact and reference if they intend visiting Spain.
Thanks, The ABS team.

Members Info

As many will already know we were having problems with accepting payment for memberships using PayPal. The problems are now resolved and you can now follow the registration process and use PayPal to pay for membership. If you prefer there are alternative means by which to pay, for instance we are able to accept bank transfers, so if this is a suitable alternative for you, please contact us for further details. For clear instructions using PayPal please see ABS Forum.

Do any members have either articles they want published here on the main site and or photographs we can use in our gallery? If you can contribute please use the 'contact us' form. See main menu bar above.
Note: Members can now access their own area on the main site. See main menu bar above.

Publicity

Do you own a Hotel, Guesthouse, Villa or Casa rural in Andalucia? We are able to offer a link and photograph, plus details of your accommodation if you become an affiliated member of the society. If you are interested in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.
Do you provide a service in Andalucia? Banner adverts appearing at the top of all pages available for a donation to the society.
Do you offer guiding services in Andalucia for walkers, birdwatchers, botanists, entomologists and or general nature tours? We can offer links on our web site for return links and a single free membership day tour guided by you each year. If you have an interest in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.

New! Summer Photographic Competition
The first Photographic competition has been a great succes. We were very pleased to receive a good number of entries. For the results please follow the link "Results of ABS photographic competition"
 
The subject for the Summer competition is something interesting for every photographer beginner or professional alike. The subject is: “Birds in your garden”
 
The winning entries will be published on the ABS website and/or in one of the following issues of the magazine. 
The entries will be judged by a panel of experienced wildlife photographers and naturalists who will also make general comments on the photographs submitted and give tips for improvement.  
 
The entries will be scored under three categories:
  1. Technical excellence of the photograph ie. focus, exposure etc.
  2. Composition and presentation of the image ie. is the image properly cropped and have offending background elements been dealt with
  3. Biological interest and challenge ie. is the subject doing something interesting and was there a challenge to obtaining the image, was the subject photographed in difficult conditions, is the subject infrequently observed.
Rules of the competition
Entries (maximum 5 per participant) must be submitted on-line to abs.sociedad@gmail.com in a jpeg format. The final date for entry is 1st of September 2014.
The decision of the judges will be final and there will be no discussion of the decisions with the entrants. Photographs that have been previously published or entered into other competitions are not eligible.  Entrants must be amateur photographers. 
July 2014 - Serrania de Ronda PDF Print E-mail

201407---Serrania-de-RondaSerranía de Ronda, a vast area of rugged natural beauty. Guide for the day was ABS member Peter Jones, a gentleman who really knows his stuff and is always happy to share it. This time the trip report, in slideshow format, gives a good impression of what an ABS Field Meeting is really all about. The photos mainly show the happy faces of those ABS birders present and the countryside visited. No close up photos of lovely birds - including this time, amongst others three different eagles, Bonelli's, Short-toed and Booted. To see bird photographs, we recommend visiting our photogallery where you can find many photographs of birds by our members (Thanks to Pete and Satori for the lovely photos)

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May 2014 - Cordoba PDF Print E-mail

201405-dragonflyMay saw the Society’s first field visit to Cordoba Province with thirty members present representing all eight provinces other than Huleva and Jaen along with non-resident members who had either timed their Spanish visit to coincide with this meet or actually, in at least one case, made a special point of flying out to be with us; a truly impressive turn-out.  And none of us was to be disappointed.  The day was led by local Cordoba resident and member Florent Prunier who demonstrated not only his local birding knowledge but brought a wealth of expertise on the smaller creatures seen and discovered, those very many insects, bugs and other “creepy-crawlies” in general.  A much appreciated aspect of the day by those involved.

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April 2014 Visiting Osuna, Seville province PDF Print E-mail

201404-Great-BustardA great day's birding in great company and what a turn out for our meeting in Osuna with a record 44 in attendance.  At first glance this seems an impossible number to get any enjoyment or benefit out of the day but, I am pleased to report, in the event it was very successful with the group split into five smaller groups setting off at delayed intervals.  Most, I believe, managed to see a very good selection of birds.  And it was also very pleasing to welcome so many new members.  Some managed to find the early Rollers and, I think, all saw distant views of the Great Bustard with some of us also picking up both Little Bustard and Stone Curlew amongst other good sightings.  Then, of course, there were the various raptors and, for me, even a good sighting of a Common Whitethroat.

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March 2014 - Gabo de Gata and something different PDF Print E-mail

March2014-AuthorFor the March field meeting the Society travelled to its furthermost site to the east, visiting the beautiful area of Cabo de Gata in Almeria province.  Even the weather was perfect for the week-end with early morning mist giving way to clear blue skies and, for many, definitely a case of shirt sleeves.  Considering how many members live well to the west of Malaga, this was a very well- attended meeting with a final count of thirty members.  Indeed, all but one stayed overnight on the Friday with twenty-three residing in the local Hotel Brisablanca not two hundred metres from the visit’s meeting point.  

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February 2014 - Vultures and Viaducts PDF Print E-mail

201402-Griffon-VultureAny ABS field trip is always preceded by a degree of excitement, checking the weather, planning the packed lunch and wondering which particular fashion statement, using multiple shades of green, to make this month. Starting out from Mijas just as the night-time street lights were turning off, the clock on the dashboard said 7.45 am and the temperature a cool 7ºc, no wind and no rain, so far so good.
Today was a day out in the Province of Cádiz with Frank Hair, Birding for Big Boys and Girls, promising a high probability of Griffon Vultures, a possibility of Bonelli's Eagles, a certainty of sparrows and all the other little feathered fellahs too.

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Interested in one or more days birding in Spain, see the list of guides approved by the Andalucía Bird Society
All guides listed have fulfilled the criteria for and qualified to participate in The Professional Bird / Wildlife Guides Certificate.

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Field Meetings

Our Field Meeting Reports can be viewed Here

All past and planned future Field Meeting Notices can be viewed Here

Members.
Advance notice of 
Field
Meetings appear in each 
issue 
of our quarterly
magazine 'Birds of
Andalucia'.

2014 Meetings

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January 18th.
Malaga Province.
See Here for details.
February 23rd.
Cadiz Province.
See Here for details.
March 14 to 17th.
Morocco Tour.
See Here for details.
March 22nd.
Almeria Province.
See Here for details.
April 12th
Sevilla Province.
See Here for details.
May 18th.
Cordoba Province
See Here for details.
June 21st.
Huelva Province
See Here for details.
July 12th.
Malaga Province
EGA and fieldmeeting
See Here for details.
August 23rd.
Malaga Province
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September 20th
Cadiz Province
See Here for details.
October 25th
Castille la Mancha
See Here for details
November 15th
Granada Province
See Here for details

December date to follow.

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