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A very warm welcome to the Andalucia Bird Society web site.
Our latest field meeting itinerary can be viewed on our forum, find out more follow this link
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.
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 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.
Where to go in Andalucía?
A list of bird watching sites for each province of Andalucia is provided by the Society together with their map reference, 10x10km grid location, altitude and habitat.
The sites on our lists are those recommended by the Society for seeing birds. New sites are continually added to the lists as the Society becomes aware of them and has carried out site surveys.
Some of the listed bird watching sites have full descriptions and It is our intention that eventually all the sites will have descriptions.
Next field meeting
In September there will be held 2 Field Meetings: Tarifa on September 3rd and Zapata/Guadalhorce on September 17th. You can find all the actual information on the forum following the link.
We have available online many field meeting reports, which give a huge amount of information about the various sites we have visited earlier.
Photographic Competition Autumn 2016
The subject for the next competition is “Raptors, that can be found in Andalucia”. The best entry will cover the frontpage of our Summer 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.
As you might have noticed the winner of our Spring 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:
Rules of the competition
Entrants must be amateur photographers. For more information and final rules please have a look at our website.
July 2016 - Field trip and EGM at ‘Finca Algaba’.
The society holds two formal general meetings each year, as required by our statutes as a registered organization. The Ordinary General Assembly in January focuses on our finances, whilst the July Extraordinary General Assembly is about electing the committee and the officers for the next two years. But first we have a few hours birding of course.
June 2016 - Birdwatching in the Steppes of La Mancha
The Field trip this month was to Almagro, an historic town in Castilla-La Mancha. It is here that Don Quijote had his adventures and passed his time with Sancho Panza in the fictional works of the Spanish Golden Age written by Cervantes. The town itself is centred around the Plaza Mayor with many buildings dating to the sixteenth century.
May (2016) en el Torcal
For the early call, 06:00hrs., 5 insomniac members plus Luis Alberto met in the dark in the [vain] hope of the Eagle Owl calling at El Torcal. Disappointed maybe, cold certainly, but downhearted, never; we managed a good selection of early birds waking from their slumbers and also admired the amazing full moon. Peregrines performed, vultures lifted off and song birds sung so all was not in vain.
April 2016 - Sierra Loja
For the second April 2016 meeting 30 members of the society met at Abades services on the A92 at Loja for a Wednesday mid-week birding and wildlife trip lead by Mick Richardson. As the group was too large for one convoy it was decided to split into two and also ensure four to a car to minimise vehicles; so two parties of four vehicles, one lead by Mick and the other by Bob Wright set off. By staggering the starting points for each group it meant less crowding and better access to plant and wildlife information by the respective leaders as we drove up the mountain track.
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