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Title: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Peter on December 22, 2011, 12:05:56 pm
FIELD MEETING - ALMERIA
February 25th, 2012

Briefing:

We´ll visit the Natural Park of “Sierra Maria – Los Velez” looking for birds across different habitats such as forest, steppe and crop fields.
With the direct collaboration of the Natural Park, we´ll also visit  the “birds recovery center” inside the Park, allowing us to witness griffons feeding  in a special feeding-place (muladar).

Timing: (approx)
09:00   Coffee break and meeting point in Velez Blanco.
09:45   Griffons watching in “El Muladar”.
11:00   Private visit to “La Almohalla” Birds Recovery Center.
12:30    Lunch time; packed lunch bring your own.
13:00   Forest habitat.
15:30   Steppe habitat.
18:00   End of the trip.

Requirements:

Please, consider that we are travelling to a cold area, so it is highly recommended to carry with you winter cloths and appropriate shoes for muddy/wet conditions underfoot. Snow is also possible for this date in the area.
NOTE: It is very important to arrange transport in the area in 4x4 vehicles, so please be prepared to share transport if you have a 4x4 with fellow members.

Further information:
Jesus Contreras  - ABS Approved Wildlife Guide
indalodeoz@indalodeoz.com
Ph. nr. +34 626260641

Birds species in the area:

Because the presence of snow and changing weather conditions, it is difficult to talk about species we will see, but your guide will do his best to point out the birds of the area. The characteristics of this trip will allow us to watch big raptors, including griffon vultures.

How to get there:

From Granada
http://www.guiarepsol.com/MapasRutas/Ruta/mapa.aspx#X=-2.839467&Y=37.434095&z=8&0|Txt=|Granada-GRANADA|&0|X=-3.599540&0|Y=37.176756&0|Z=19&0|Loc=Granada&1|Txt=|Vélez-Blanco-ALMERIA|&1|X=-2.096892&1|Y=37.690552&1|Z=19&1|Loc=Vélez-Blanco

From Almeria
http://www.guiarepsol.com/MapasRutas/Ruta/mapa.aspx#X=-2.143138&Y=37.266337&z=8&0|Txt=|Almería-ALMERIA|&0|X=-2.469154&0|Y=36.839718&0|Z=19&0|Loc=Almería&1|Txt=|Vélez-Blanco-ALMERIA|&1|X=-2.096892&1|Y=37.690552&1|Z=19&1|Loc=Vélez-Blanco

From Murcia
http://www.guiarepsol.com/MapasRutas/Ruta/mapa.aspx#X=-1.614596&Y=37.788991&z=9&0|Txt=|Murcia-MURCIA|&0|X=-1.132273&0|Y=37.983123&0|Z=19&0|Loc=Murcia&1|Txt=|Vélez-Blanco-ALMERIA|&1|X=-2.096892&1|Y=37.690552&1|Z=19&1|Loc=Vélez-Blanco

For further information, please contact Jesus Contreras.

Recommended Links:
http://www.losvelezturismo.org/es/index.html
http://www.andaluciabirdsociety.org/members-area/members-articles/147-birdwatching-in-almeria.html

Accomodation:

Hotel Los Arcos         VELEZ BLANCO       http://www.hotelcasadelosarcos.com/
Camping Sierra de María      MARIA         http://www.campingsierrademaria.net/
Casa Rural La Estrella      VELEZ RUBIO       http://laestrella.co.uk/
Casa Rural El Palacil      VELEZ RUBIO      http://www.elpalacil.com/
Hotel Velad al-Abyadh      VELEZ BLANCO      http://www.hotelvelad.com/
Hostal Torrente          MARIA          Ph +34 950417399


Optional Extra One-Day-Trips

Detailed information and recommendations will be given as required.
February 26th, 2012
Cabo de Gata Natural Park Birdwatching trip, guided by Jesus Contreras.
Full time day-trip. Price per person 50 euro (min. 4 persons). 
Car, telescope, permits, insurance and experienced guided service included.
Lunch not included.

February 27th, 2012
Almeria coastal wetlands trip, including Adra lagoons, Cerrillos saltpans and Punta Entinas marshes.
Full time day-trip. Price per person 50 euro (min. 4 persons).
Car, telescope, permits, insurance and experienced guided service included.
Lunch not included.

Accomodation:
Cortijo El Campillo            http://www.elcampillo.info/
Hotel El Sotillo               http://www.cortijoelsotillo.es/
Camping Los Escullos            http://www.losescullossanjose.com/

Others at Cabo de Gata:
http://www.google.es/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ie=UTF-8&ion=1#sclient=psy-ab&hl=es&site=webhp&source=hp&q=alojamiento+cabo+gata&pbx=1&oq=alojamiento+cabo+gata&aq=f&aqi=g1g-v2&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=18097l22242l1l22352l32l15l6l8l9l3l2297l5115l0.9.2.7-1.0.1l20l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=fcb1d1a456588f89&ion=1&biw=1366&bih=653
Others at Almeria:
http://www.google.es/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ie=UTF-8&ion=1#hl=es&cp=22&gs_id=5c&xhr=t&q=hoteles+en+almeria+capital&pq=hoteles+en+almeria&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&site=webhp&source=hp&pbx=1&oq=hoteles+en+almeria+cap&aq=0e&aqi=g-e1g2g-v1&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=fcb1d1a456588f89&ion=1&biw=1366&bih=653

We hope as many members as possible will attend what promises to be a great opportunity to see Almeria under the expert guidance of Jesus.
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on December 22, 2011, 06:22:34 pm
Hi everyone.
Sorry to be silent for such a long time, but work requires me actually.
Happy to collaborate once more with the ABS and to drive you across Almeria lands. I am preparing everything on this trip to Los Velez area, in the best way I am able; if everything runs fine, it will be a great day to all people coming to it.
From Almeria, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU.
Jesus Contreras
PS :  Please feel free to contact me for any question about this February Field Trip.
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Peter on January 03, 2012, 09:50:20 pm
Hi Jesus,

Brenda and I will be there! Hopefully we will be up the day before.

Peter
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on January 05, 2012, 09:12:36 pm
Hi Peter and Brenda
It will be really nice to meet you the day before and spend it showing you and all other friends coming with us, the nicest places on the area nearby.
Welcome to Almeria.
Jesus :)
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on January 05, 2012, 09:16:20 pm
By the way, we have actually running in Cabo de Gata places a juvenile of little bustard and an individual of Saharian whetear. Soon there it is expected to come the cranes, as past years.
I send you a pic of today of a small friend.
Jesus

Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Scot Penny on January 13, 2012, 08:34:07 pm
Hi Jesus,

Thank you for the information about 25th February. I understand we are meeting in Velez Blanco at 9am.  I've never been there before so where exactly in Velez Blanco are we meeting?

Valerie Penny
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on January 14, 2012, 08:45:06 pm
Hi Valerie. Very welcome.
I answered you via private mail. Please let me know that you received all information about this.
Jesus
indalodeoz@indalodeoz.com
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on January 18, 2012, 08:55:42 pm

I receive this mail as a special offer in one of the nicest hotels in Velez Blanco, looking for our ABS meeting in February (Almeria).
VERY WELCOME TO ALMERIA AND LOS VELEZ.
Jesus - ABS local guide.
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Hotel Velad Al-Abyadh situado en Vélez-Blanco (Almería) para el fin de semana del 25 de febrero, 35 € por persona y día, con desayuno incluido y si quieren media pensión (desayuno y cena), el precio seria 45€ por persona, con bebida aparte.
   
www.hotelvelad.com (http://www.hotelvelad.com/)


Rosa Hidalgo
Directora Hotel Velad Al-Abyad
Vélez-Blanco (Almería)
Tlfno: 950-415109
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Barrie on February 09, 2012, 11:20:18 am
Hi Jesus,

Jan and I would like to come on this field trip, but as usual we will only be in  a little SmartCar. Like last year we will therefore be dependent on being able to find a couple of spare seats in a 4x4.

Can we share with you again as we did last year please?

Like Valerie, I would like to know exactly where in Velez Blanco we are to meet - if at all possible Latitude and Longitude (to put into my GPS) would be absolutely ideal, and for me much better than a descriptive narrative.

We presume your Cabo de Gata field day will be similar to last year so will give that a miss, but we would be very interested to know more about your Almeria Wetlands trip on the Monday. Where will you meet for that please and what area will is cover?

Thanks

Barrie


Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 11, 2012, 08:12:52 am
Sorry to be late, Barry. GPS position is 37º41´16.04´´ - 2º05´41.84´´. This position comes from my Google Earth. Please make sure it coincide with the entrance of a village named VELEZ BLANCO.
About the meeting point it will in HOTEL VELAD AL-ABYHAD (time to be determined) that is placed just in this GPS position.
About car, do not worry. We´ll look for solutions. Mine is nearly full by the moment... but we´ll adjust everything on the day before.
For the two trips, Cabo de Gata will be different, running from the other side of the Park, across the steppe, looking for little bustards and sand grouses (always difficult to be seen, as you know) and the other one runs also in new places for you. For this second trip, we´ll meet near to Almeria town and we´ll visit Adra lagoon (restricted hyde), Punta Entinas reserve, Cañada de las Norias and Cerrillos abandoned saltpans.
We have time enough for preparing everything. I am going up to Los Velez next week to ultimate all details.
Are in touch and thanks for your post.
Jesus :)
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 11, 2012, 08:18:06 am
By the moment we are 7 people joined to this field trip.
I want to say that I am, as at last year, placing personally all my efforts for preparing a good field trip. It has been extremely difficult to get permits for a visit to the recovery center, so as to put in order timings about the date for griffons feeding can coincide with our day trip. Possibly it will be impossible to do this for a future.
More details on the next days.
All the best


Jesus


indalodeoz@indalodeoz.com (Contrerasindalodeoz@indalodeoz.comPh)

Ph +34 626260641

Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Brenda on February 11, 2012, 09:28:08 am
So far I think it's more. Jan and Barrie, Peter and I, Jan and David, Ellie and Bob too.

Anyone else going?

Brenda
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 11, 2012, 05:43:48 pm
Hi Brenda et al. Thanks for your post.


I did know nothing about Ellie and Bob. VERY WELCOME...


Then actually we are 10 people, including my guests. Very possibly will come with us the director of the park, that is a good friend of mine... and of course, it is yet open to other people.


Looking forward to meet all of you, and very welcome to ALMERIA LANDS. Working here for a good field trip, as last year. :)



Jesus
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Barrie on February 12, 2012, 11:54:16 pm
Hi Jesus,

thank you for the location. With that it was very easy to find the Hotel in Street View of Google Earth (see attachment).

We will stay in our motorhome down in the valley, just the other side of the motorway and a little to the west from Velez Rubio (next to Hostal Los Demelos).

We will then, on the Sunday, move to somewhere near Almería so as to come to your meet on Monday.

Could you tell me exactly where the meeting point will be please so I can use Google Earth and my GPS to search for somewhere to park over Sunday and Monday nights?

Thank you

Barrie
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 14, 2012, 05:35:16 pm
Ok, Barry.
We can meet at the Dual Carrigeway Exit nº 448 (Huercal-Benahadux). GoogleEarth coordinates are 36º53`41.65``N - 2º26`42.31``O.

About time we ´ll talk about it on Saturday. It´s your option.

See you soon.


Jesus :)
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Barrie on February 15, 2012, 10:49:36 am
Thanks Jesus. We can move from Velez Rubio to that area on Sunday ready for your trip on Monday.

Using Google Earth Street View I see that only 80m to the north of that roundabout there is an Asador on the right of the road (see attached .kmz file). They have a big car park so if we eat in there Sunday night and Monday night, we will see if they will allow us to park there for 36 hours. We can then walk down to the roundabout on Monday morning.

We look forward to seeing you again in Velez Blanco on Saturday morning at 9am.

Barrie
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 15, 2012, 11:56:22 am
It is incredible what you are able to do around the Google Earth, Barry.

This Asador is named ASADOR EL POTRO, and his owner is named JUAN ANTONIO. Let him know about me (he knows me as JESUS CONTRERAS)... because he is a friend. Hope this can help. Ph nr 950 300 102

Let me know.

Jesus
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Barrie on February 15, 2012, 03:50:14 pm
Thanks Jesus.

I called Juan. The restaurant is closed all day Mondays. It opens all other days for lunch, but is only open in the evenings on Fridays and Saturdays.

Their main car park by the front door of the restaurant will be locked but Juan said I could park in the car park nearest the main road as that will be open all the time. (Well I *think* that is what he said - my Spanish is not very good!)

It is a two hour drive from Velez Rubio so we will drive there on Sunday morning and have lunch there.

On Monday morning, could it be dangerous trying to stop on the roundabout? Would it be safer to meet you at the restaurant car park?

Thanks for your help

Barrie



Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 16, 2012, 10:21:46 pm
Do not worry, Barrie. I live at only one kilometer of this place. If you do not like it, I can tell you about other near places. We´ll establish the best meeting point on saturday. Do not worry about that.



Very welcome :)




Jesus
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 19, 2012, 11:52:21 am
Hi there. Yesterday I went up to Los Velez area, for preparing our next field trip. 2º-5ºC in the morning. Pretty cold and highly enjoyable.

The local roads actually are fine for being run by any car. Anyway we will share cars on the place. Mine will run finally with 7 sits if required.

Meeting point at HOTEL VELAD AL AHBYAD in Velez Blanco, at 09.00h in the morning. I will stay there the night before to attend people coming from other places.

Welcome to Almeria.

I attach some pictures taken yesterday by me on the place. 

Jesus :)


PS: Everything is prepared for a nice griffons watching. Also will be fine the visit to the recovery center, Rio Claro and the steppe. Big flocks of passerines flying there now.

Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 19, 2012, 11:54:25 am
VERY IMPORTANT:
DO NOT FORGET WARM CLOTHS.   8)
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Petrea on February 19, 2012, 09:49:10 pm
Yuk! We just decided to come, and then your last message arrived!!!!!  :-\  :-\

Well. OK, we'll be there anyway for Saturday and Sunday! In our non-4x4 Seat Ibiza!

Saludos
Petrea & Mogens
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Peter on February 19, 2012, 11:13:56 pm
For anyone on the edge or undecided on this tour, take it from me I know what is in store for you and it really is looking to be a fantastic opportunity, don't miss it..

Brenda and I looking forward to seeing as many of you as can make this great day out.

Peter
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 20, 2012, 12:15:18 am
Dear friends Petrea and Mogens. It is a pleasure taking you along my lands for a third time. VERY WELCOME the three of you..  (including of course your deared Ibiza-non-4by4-rabbit).  :)


VERY WELCOME TO BOTH TRIPS. I WILL ANSWER YOU IN PRIVATE MAIL ABOUT THE SECOND ONE.


Jesus Contreras


You local Wildlife Guide & Friend in Almeria



Yuk! We just decided to come, and then your last message arrived!!!!!  :-\ :-\

Well. OK, we'll be there anyway for Saturday and Sunday! In our non-4x4 Seat Ibiza!

Saludos
Petrea & Mogens
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 20, 2012, 12:22:33 am
Oh, Peter. I was missing your voice   ;)
Very welcome back to Iberia and very welcome to Almeria on next week. So many things to talk about...

Thanks always for your support to this spanglisher I am....  :-\     

INDEED THIS TRIP WILL BE A REFERENCE FOR THE ABS community. By the moment I can´t say more, sorry ...  :-X   ;)

Always very welcome to Almeria lands. For further questions or doubts about this field trip, please let me know at indalodeoz@indalodeoz.com (indalodezo@indalodeoz.com) or to my private ph +34 626260641.


For anyone on the edge or undecided on this tour, take it from me I know what is in store for you and it really is looking to be a fantastic opportunity, don't miss it..

Brenda and I looking forward to seeing as many of you as can make this great day out.

Peter
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: jerry on February 20, 2012, 06:30:57 pm
thought it was full as no more room in 4x4's?
Barbara
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 20, 2012, 10:23:50 pm
Sorry Barbara. I am not able to understand your question. Are you comming? Do you have a car for going to the place?.
Once there, we´ll arrange as possible. I say again that roads are fine (hopping we have no snow or hard rains), and we can move with normal vehicles, although we´ll arrange first in 4x4s (as possible and in agreement with their owners). Mine is a 7 pax one, but usually I don´t use the 2 back sites because they are not enough comfortable... but for a short time I can prepare them for being used, as I will do now.
Very welcome to Almeria. I don´t know if I was capable of answering your comment.
Jesus
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 21, 2012, 02:21:35 pm

For those coming, and for those that not... here you have my personal public gallery about Almeria places and moments along last years. All pictures have been made in Almeria and by me since 2004.


https://www.dropbox.com/gallery/46265941/1/Gallery_Oznature?h=d89cef (https://www.dropbox.com/gallery/46265941/1/Gallery_Oznature?h=d89cef)


;)
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: roderick on February 22, 2012, 05:41:59 pm
Linda and I will be coming on saturday.As we do not have a 4x4,will it be possible to share with someone.Thank you,Roderick
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 22, 2012, 08:15:23 pm
Hi Roderick and Linda. We´ll see about cars once there, but I repeat that if it does not rain hard, and weather forecast talks of sunny days, each car will be good. We are not running long distances, and  roads have a good firm. Stopping at any moment here and there looking for birds and enjoying the day. Don´t worry about this.

Very welcome.  :)


Jesus
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 24, 2012, 09:35:32 am
Well, I close my conversation with this last mail. I travel up to Los Velez at 18:00h.

To those there in Velez Blanco this afternoon, let know that I´ll be accomodated in Hotel Velad al abyahd.

For any problem  or question once in Almeria, you can contact me at my Ph +34 626260641


Very welcome.



Jesus Contreras
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Brenda on February 27, 2012, 06:30:37 pm
Jesus!

Thank you for such a wonderful day on Saturday, and also yesterday with Petrea and Mogens. You made the weekend very special, and what a beautiful place you live in...can't wait to go back one day.

You had prepared the ABS day so perfectly, except of course the terrible plane crash that we saw. it was a dreadful thing to have witnessed, and I don't think any of us could believe our eyes.

Peter and I had the most wonderful time, and thank you for everything.

Brenda and Peter
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Petrea on February 27, 2012, 09:37:34 pm
- and from us as well!   :)   :)   :)

I don't want to try to compete with all the prof. bird photographers, so I enclose  some photos, which shows the nice weather and surroundings, all arranged by our good friend in Almeria.....

Saludos
Petrea & Mogens
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 27, 2012, 10:10:12 pm
Dear friends, thanks for your much appreciated comments. Only tried to put all possible efforts in that the ABS members felt good here in Almeria. I am happy that everything was fine; my personal goal for this trip was to show that BIRD LIFE is not only watching but also compromise and conservation, following the guidelines of our society.

I enjoyed a lot with all of you, the old friends so as the new ones. Thanks to all of you for being members of this nice project named ANDALUCIA BIRD SOCIETY. Also thanks to those that trusted me for a couple of private day-trips.

About the aeroplane accident, Brenda... I am now being attended by my team of the Spanish Red Cross, for a private psicological assistance programe, as is watched in our protocol. We must forget asap, so we can always be able to help others with problems. Although in this case, it will be so hard to forget.

SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE BRAVE ONES IN MY CAR, THAT RESISTED WITH ME TILL THE END.

Always welcome to Almeria and thanks for caring nature and birds, all of you members and friends of the ABS. A special mention to Peter Jones as promoter of this unique idea in Andalucia.

Your friend

Jesus
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Barrie on February 28, 2012, 10:30:38 pm
Hi Jesus,

as well as thanking you for Saturday, we would both like to say a very special thank you for yesterday (Monday). Jan and I had a wonderful day and saw several "firsts". You are a wonderful guide and we recorded 58 species for the day. We are just sorry no-one else joined in as you put in so much work and for only two people it was not a very profitable day.

We look forward to hearing the history of the Redshank with flags on its legs, and also to receiving the location of the lake by the plastics recovery centre so we can go there again (of course the Glossy Ibis won't still be around but there were so many other species there it was amazing!)

Thanks again for a wonderful day and hope your cold is better today (mine is!)

Barrie and Jan

P.S. As well as the spoonbills yesterday, today we saw about 10 of them on the saltings by Cabo de Gata.
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: Scot Penny on February 29, 2012, 05:42:49 am
I really enjoyed my first visit out with the Andulucian Bird Society.  Lovely area which I am defininitely going back to as it's so close to us here in Garrucha.

Shame about the accident ....... a reminder of our own mortality in all that beauty.

Valerie
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 29, 2012, 08:43:08 pm
DEAR BARRY AND JAN. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO ATTEND YOU. MANY THANKS FOR YOUR MUCH APPRECIATED COMMENTS. FOR COORDINATES, PLEASE LET ME KNOW A PRIVATE MAIL. ONE MORE AMAZING DAY, INDEED.
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 29, 2012, 08:45:17 pm
THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS, VALERIE. IT WAS A PLEASURE TAKING YOU ALSO ON THIS FIELD TRIP. NICE TO KNOW THAT YOU ENJOYED.


LOT MORE OF NICE LOCATIONS NEARBY LOS VELEZ.


JESUS
Title: Re: Field Meeting - 25th February 2012
Post by: indalo on February 29, 2012, 08:48:39 pm

http://www.losgazquez.com/blog/?p=6160 (http://www.losgazquez.com/blog/?p=6160)

http://www.livetravelmountains.com/mountain-traveler/art-and-sustainability/ (http://www.livetravelmountains.com/mountain-traveler/art-and-sustainability/)