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July 2014 - Serrania de Ronda
Serranía de Ronda, a vast area of rugged natural beauty. Guide for the day was ABS member Peter Jones, a gentleman who really knows his stuff and is always happy to share it. This time the trip report, in slideshow format, gives a good impression of what an ABS Field Meeting is really all about. The photos mainly show the happy faces of those ABS birders present and the countryside visited. No close up photos of lovely birds - including this time, amongst others three different eagles, Bonelli's, Short-toed and Booted. To see bird photographs, we recommend visiting our photogallery where you can find many photographs of birds by our members (Thanks to Pete and Satori for the lovely photos)
Trekking for the Philippine Eagle
The small river—more like a big stream, flowed noisily down the mountain. I could probably jump it if I got a running start, but with all my birding and camera gear that was looking like a bad idea. The old man whose barn we’d slept in the night before had told us to be careful when we came back down—that we should stay between the rivers. “Don’t cross the water! If you do, two things will happen: your feet will get wet and you will get lost!”
Well I was lost. And my feet were already wet from the steady rain I’d been walking in for the past hour. Getting lost on this mountain was a bad idea. Bad things could happen and getting lost was the least of my worries. There were other dangers far more serious. I turned around and began walking back up the very muddy track the way I’d come.
May 2014 - Cordoba
May saw the Society’s first field visit to Cordoba Province with thirty members present representing all eight provinces other than Huleva and Jaen along with non-resident members who had either timed their Spanish visit to coincide with this meet or actually, in at least one case, made a special point of flying out to be with us; a truly impressive turn-out. And none of us was to be disappointed. The day was led by local Cordoba resident and member Florent Prunier who demonstrated not only his local birding knowledge but brought a wealth of expertise on the smaller creatures seen and discovered, those very many insects, bugs and other “creepy-crawlies” in general. A much appreciated aspect of the day by those involved.
Birds of the Serrania de Ronda
Alfredo Carrasco the current President of the Andalucia Bird Society has many years of expertise resulting from working in touristic promotion and economical development in the rural areas of Andalucia. Apart from being a Tourist Guide specialised in the Serrania de Ronda and a consultant, he is also the President of “CEDER” and “CIT Serrania de Ronda”.
I would like to focus this article from the perspective that 20 years of accumulated experience of working in the Rural Tourism sector in Andalusia has provided me.
April 2014 Visiting Osuna, Seville province
A great day's birding in great company and what a turn out for our meeting in Osuna with a record 44 in attendance. At first glance this seems an impossible number to get any enjoyment or benefit out of the day but, I am pleased to report, in the event it was very successful with the group split into five smaller groups setting off at delayed intervals. Most, I believe, managed to see a very good selection of birds. And it was also very pleasing to welcome so many new members. Some managed to find the early Rollers and, I think, all saw distant views of the Great Bustard with some of us also picking up both Little Bustard and Stone Curlew amongst other good sightings. Then, of course, there were the various raptors and, for me, even a good sighting of a Common Whitethroat.
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