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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, quarterly magazine and attend field trips please SUPPORT 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 October 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.

Want a Professional Guide?

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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.

Next field meeting

Odiel-5Our next Field Meeting will be held on the 14th of December. You can find all the actual information on our forum
 
We have available online all field meeting reports, which give a huge amount of information about the various sites we have visited earlier.
New! Winter Photographic Competition PDF Print E-mail
Wintering birds in Andalucía
The subject for the next competition are birds, which we only see in Andalucia in winter. The best entry will cover the frontpage of our Winter edition (be careful we need a photograph in the right size A4).
 
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.
 
2014-Autumn-ABS-MagazineAs you might have noticed the winner of our Autumn Photographic Competition is covering the front page of this magazine. We think that it is nice to use photographs taken by Members. For the results please follow the link "Results of ABS photographic competition"
 
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) must be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in a jpeg format. The final date for entry is 15th of Deember 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.  For more information and final rules please have a look at our website.
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Walking with Butterflies PDF Print E-mail

Yellow-Bee-OrchidOver the years I have visited the Serranía de Ronda many times through the early spring and summer months in pursuit of my main interest which is butterflies. Hand in hand with this goes the wealth of bird and plant life this area offers, along with the stunning landscapes that adorn this region.There are many things that keep drawing me back to this area, not only my love of butterflies, but the scenery, the quiet, and the friendly people. The weather on the whole is reliable and the light fantastic for my photography. Not many drawbacks, and some great memories!    

Clive Burrows

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August 2014 - The ABC of Montes de Malaga PDF Print E-mail

2014-August-Montes-de-Malaga-5-Mick-Smith-and-David-HirdAt first we thought the idea of a romantic early morning start to go birding up in the Montes de Málaga forest was a wonderful idea. Out and about, up with the lark. We even promoted the idea to others and encouraged them to embrace it. At a dark 5.10 am on Saturday morning, the novelty was a little more distant. However up and at ‘em, our birding bags were already packed and the car fuelled, so no excuses, shower - coffee - door. Saturday 23 August  2014, on the road by 6.00 am. 25ºC, a dark but clear sky, with a brisk wind and a crescent moon.

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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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