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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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The ABS Birdlist Andalucía
The Society produces a list of all the birds that can be seen in Andalucia and it is constantly reviewed and kept up to date. An important aspect of recording bird sighting information is the consistency of the data, especially bird names. Therefore, the only bird names that are accepted in the database are those on the Societies list.
March 2013 - Osuna
Someone shouted "Great Bustard"
The objective of our March 2013 Field Meeting was to find Great Bustard. One of the areas where you are most likely to see this species in Andalucia is in the farmland around the town of Osuna, in the province of Sevilla. Due to bad weather we had to pospone the original meeting earlier in March and the weather forecast for the re-arranged meeting was not brilliant - solid cloud, heavy showers and high winds. However, the lure of the Great Bustard was strong because we had one of our best attended Field Meetings for some time.
To find out whether we were succesful in finding Great Bustard .......
Ospreys - Linking Communities
Ospreys are one of the most charismatic and cosmopolitan of all bird species. The species’ global distribution and migratory habits lend it to collaborative projects. As Yossi Leshem has demonstrated through his work in the Middle East, migrating birds like Ospreys cross national, cultural and religious boundaries and have great potential to link communities separated by hundreds if not thousands of miles. We believe Ospreys provide us with a truly unique opportunity to engage and link communities across the world. ABS is associated with the Osprey Migration Foundation and you can read more here on this project…
Butterflies of the Night
Penny Hale aka The Moth Lady, gives us an insight into the wonders of those much maligned butterflies of the night, moths. Penny says “When I first show people some of the moths I have trapped overnight, the first reaction is amazement at the colours, patterns, variety of forms and “resting” positions shown by the moths. I guess this is because most of us do not see many moths in our daily lives, since many species are nocturnal, whereas butterflies are much more obvious. Most people concede that butterflies are both beautiful and colourful, but it comes as a surprise to learn that many moths can be equally attractive and vivid”...
Bonelli's Eagle - Iconic Raptor of Andalucia!
Bonelli’s Eagle provide one of the major attractions for visiting birdwatchers to Andalucia, of course they also forever thrill the locals too! Throughout the Málaga and
Birdwatching in Almería
Jesus Contreras gives us a guide to birding in Almería and describes some of the unique habitats found only in his province. Earlier in the year Jesus played host to the Society when members braved the winter to attend a field meeting in Almería, many taking advantage of his expertise and staying on for a few days to be guided through his impressive area. With Europe’s only true desert, one speciality of the area is Trumpeter Finch, these finches spend time near coastal areas in winter, then disperse to the interior during the breeding season, of course there are other wonderful species here such as Dupont’s Lark…..
Practical info for the birder
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