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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 March 2015 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.

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

Odiel-5Our next Field Meeting will be held on the 20th of June 2015. You can find all the actual information on our forum
 
We have available online many field meeting reports, which give a huge amount of information about the various sites we have visited earlier.
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Photographic Competition Summer 2015
The subject for the next competition is “Any birds, 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.
 
2015-Spring-ABS-MagazineAs 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:
  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 June 2015. 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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May 2015 - Everything but the Lynx PDF Print E-mail

May2015Spanish-Imperial-EagleWe all know Andujar is visited in search for the Iberian Lynx, the most endangered cat in the world. You can find it or not, but a birdwatcher will never go back home unsatisfied.
A group of members of the Andalucia Bird Society have met today at Restaurante Los Pinos, in Andujar, on the way to the Sierra de Andujar Natural Park. And they were really enthusiastic as the meeting time was 8:00 and we had to go on without breakfast because...

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April 2015 - Tarifa and Surrounds PDF Print E-mail

Raptors and Waders

April2015-Booted-EagleIt was a warm, bright summer morning  well it was somewhere in Spain, but certainly not at Tarifa where 17 hardy souls of the ABS discussed how many layers of winter clothing they were wearing.  The thermometer said 12c, but factor in the wind chill in Lidl's car park and it felt more like -12c, it was out with the scarves and woollen hats too!

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March 2015 - Gabo de Gata PDF Print E-mail

Almeria-Trumpeter-finchWhen you arrive in Cabo de Gata you know you are somewhere else! Whether you arrive through the barren semi-desert with its distinctive, sculptured, hills or the miles of plastic greenhouses along the coast, this corner of Almeria is distinctly different from the rest of Andalucía. We arrived on Friday afternoon surrounded by black clouds reaching to the ground and others turned up with tales of flooding, some even of snow in the mountains, complaining that the only birds they had seen were soggy sparrows, squelchy starlings and p.....d off pigeons. Almeria city had experienced the worst flooding in memory with underpasses being flooded to within inches of the roof. Welcome to the semi-desert of Cabo de Gata! 



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