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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!


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.

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

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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.


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
Our next field meeting will be held on the 15th of July 2017. We will visit the  Finca Algaba and have our yearly EGA meeting en Málaga Province.  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.

A super number of entries, 37 in total, for the spring competition were received, more than any other occasion.  Spread between several entrants, including those who had never entered before, the subject of ‘waders’ seemed to appeal.  The quality of the photos were of the highest order causing a lot of head scratching for the 3 judges. It is important that the cover photo makes someone pick up the magazine, so this time an extra judging critique was added ‘cover appeal’ – or as some may say, the ‘wow’ factor.  
Waders come in all shapes and sizes and the entries fully represented this – from Kentish Plover to Squacco Heron - some birds easier to find, some more difficult but what a super selection for the judges to decide upon.  As usual all of the entries will be available to view on the official ABS website.
Technical excellence, composition/presentation and biological challenge was joined by cover impact to mark the photos out of a maximum of 40 points.  Each judge marks independently and submits the return to the editor who then adds them to his marks to obtain the overall winner – so congratulations Antonio Pestana on winning the competition with your wonderful shot of Avocets mating. 

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It was a tight decision between that and another of his photos, Little Egret for second, and Steve Powell’s beautiful rain soaked Snipe for third. Other very close contenders were the Red-necked Phalarope [Pieter Verheij] and a Ruff from Ita Martin, but at the end of the day there can be only one winner.
Thank you all who entered, it is greatly appreciated, and every photo is carefully considered by the judges, Kevin Wade, Javi Elorriaga and myself, we look forward to judging the next contest and hope the standard will remain at the very high level seen.  Perhaps it’s your turn to win next?

Thank you all for entering the competition and whether you use a compact, bridge, DSLR camera or you digiscope please keep the photographs coming. Only one person can win but all other pictures are displayed for three months on the ABS website.
The Jury,
Derek Etherton, Kevin Wade, Stephen Powell



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