‘Flamingos In The Desert’, by ABS member and regular contributor to this magazine Kevin Borman, is a book with a difference. It’s not specifically a bird book - though almost 40 species get a mention in the detailed index and there are intriguing passages on Greater Flamingos, White-headed Ducks, Trumpeter Finches, Black Wheatears and other specialities of the far east of Andalucía - because this is a guidebook that gets under the skin of Almería province, the semi-desert furthest eastern part of Andalucía.
From earthquakes to gold mines, prickly pears to floods, the reminiscences of those who left now-deserted villages, and from wildfires to the sets of cinematic history, Kevin Borman has walked, talked and researched his way, in this book of 30 chapters, from the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park to the Sorbas Gypsum Karst and beyond. Six maps, a detailed index and bibliography, and a link to an online gallery of 256 photos which accompany the text, help to fill out the intriguing picture that is painted of this little-known region.
Kevin Borman explains: “I’ve been intrigued by this area since first coming here nearly nine years ago. It’s superficially barren but once you look a bit more closely, you find all kinds of fascinating features. The more I’ve explored – not just physically but by talking to lots of people and also by reading Spanish sources – the more I wanted to produce a book that would give English-speakers an insight into what really makes this little-known pocket of Andalucía tick. ”
Flamingos in the Desert is available from amazon, from the publishers at feedaread.com, from many local outlets in Almería province and also direct from the author, who would be very happy to hear from those who wish to see the online photo album or buy the book. A Kindle version is also available on amazon, where a lengthy extract from the book can be seen.