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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
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 2017 rarities and welcome any additions. To see the current list 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.
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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
Our next field meeting will be held on the 20th of May 2017. We will visit the Mouth of the Guadalhorce near Málaga. All actual information you can find on the forum.
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 Spring 2017
The subject for the next competition is "any bird that can be found in Andalucia”. The best entry will cover the front page of our Spring 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.
April 2017 - Ventas de Zafarrya and El Robledal
It may have been Easter Saturday, Hot-cross-buns out of the way and a day of rest before starting on the Easter Eggs but it did not prevent twelve daring devils from meeting up at the mirador above Ventas de Zafarraya to walk the railway line and then follow on to the woods over at El Robledal. We had expected a cold start but, for some strange reason, there was more direct sunlight at 9.30 than expected so .....
April 2017 - Tarifa
With a busy month programmed into the event schedule [3 meetings] the first of them was rather spoilt by a Levante wind. So not much activity on the raptor crossing scene for the 20+ members who gathered in a sheltered spot in Lidl’s car park wondering what plan ‘B’ maybe.
March 2017 - Gabo de Gata
More than 30 members arrived for the visit to this iconic site in the east of Andalusia. As we gathered in the morning at the hide on the outskirts of town, Bob Wright, our illustrious leader, gave us a talk about where to go and what to expect.
The area is large and stretches along the coast from the west side of Cabo de Gata township to the east of the Sierra de Cabo de Gata where the lighthouse is situated. It comprises of three main areas: the Salinas to the east of town which are still commercially operated; the Sierra de Cabo de Gata with the lighthouse at its base; and the Rambla Morales which is a permanently wet river bed – at least for the last kilometre or so.
January 2017 - Field Trip and Annual Meeting Fuente de Piedra
After a spell of really cold weather here in Andalucia (and in many other places) the annual meeting of the society, took place at Fuente de Piedra on the 21st January. This was just a couple of days after snow had appeared all over the mountains and high land in the area. Ronda had about 25cm and was cut off from the coast on Thursday morning. So with that scenario we duly turned up in layer upon layer of thermal gear, anticipating low attendance.
December 2016 - Sierra de Grazalema
Travelling from the drizzle and relative warmth of the coast to our inland destination, we arrived at the meeting point, Venta El Tropezon 111 on the outskirts of Montecorto, near Ronda, anticipating a cold day’s birding. However we were pleasantly surprised by the bright blue skies and warmth of the sun - or was it the cups of coffee and molletes which were quickly pressed on us by the patron of the venta. Our group of sixteen members quickly arranged ourselves into a smaller convoy of cars, eager to be on our way – onwards and upwards. Along the valley we caught glimpses
November 2016 – Sierra Mágina
Many members had been looking forward to upcoming trip to Sierra Mágina – Úbeda – in the more northern reaches of Andalucia. So a 0900hrs. start on a brilliant, but chilly morning had 23 members eagerly greeting José Luis Sánchez of Sierra–Trek – our guide for the day. Setting off in convoy we soon reached the track that took us 35km over the top of these magnificent mountains. We stopped to bird watch of course, but ...
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