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March 2016 - Gabo de Gata
Saturday 12th March dawned bright and clear, a beautiful blue sky and light breeze for my first ever ABS field trip. I ventured into the hotel where the group were having breakfast and was given a very warm welcome. We were soon organised into smaller groups and off to the first hide on the edge of the village. Numerous Greater Flamingo were feeding and a single Yellow Wagtail was present along with Dunlin, Kentish Plover, Redshank and Grey Plover.
February 2016 - Osuna area
Interesting tour across the farmlands with many targets achieved a several “firsts” of the season!
A group of enthusiastic birders headed to the steppes at ten o’clock. The first Great Bustards showed up at the first stop and we could find several more, along with a flock of 25+ Little Bustards, before we got to the Laguna de los Ojuelos.
On the way there, the first Red Kites, Crested and Calandra Larks, Iberian Grey Shrikes and Red-legged Partridges came out as well. A lonely kestrel following the plough of a tractor turned out to be a Lesser one... the first of the season! Further away, many more flocked hovering over the farmlands.
Playing Hide and Seek with Doña Ana
Andalucian Birders in particular will be pleased to read that some 30 kilometres west of Málaga, a new hide has been built on the Guadalhorce river, just south of Pizarra in an area called Doña Ana. Inaugurated in July 2015, the new Doña Ana hide was a joint undertaking between the Ayuntamiento (town hall) of Pizarra and the Diputación de Málaga (County or Provincial Council)
September 2015 - Tarifa and La Janda
Well to say that Tarifa is windy was an understatement for this field meeting. As we stood in the car park of Lidl I was wondering what would happen if we all went to the observation point just outside Tarifa. We would have been sand blasted for the full day and would have seen nothing. After a quick conflab with other senior members we had a plan. We split the group into two, with one party going to La Janda and Barbate and the other doing a grand loop along the motorway and then into the hills past reservoirs where we expected to find the raptors, then via Benalup to the top end of La Janda.
June 2015 - A June Double Header
Luis Alberto, leader for the day for the ABS June meeting at Guadalhorce, Malaga suggested that those whose alarm & body clocks allowed rising from the 'pit' at a very early hour may like to explore Zapata [north of the airport] in search of Red Necked Nightjars, Night Herons, Little Bitterns amongst others.
So along with LA were Mick Smith and yours truly and what a start we had.
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