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A very warm welcome to the Andalucia Bird Society web site.
Our latest field meeting itinerary can be viewed on our forum, find out more follow this link
We are not just about birds! Why not add your observations to the Other Wildlife Board on our forum follow this link
We have now published the November 2016 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.
Do you own a Hotel, Guesthouse, Villa or Casa rural in Andalucia? We are able to offer a link and photograph, plus details of your accommodation if you become an affiliated member of the society. If you are interested in this offer please use the Contact ABS menu tab above.
Where to go in Andalucía?
A list of bird watching sites for each province of Andalucia is provided by the Society together with their map reference, 10x10km grid location, altitude and habitat.
The sites on our lists are those recommended by the Society for seeing birds. New sites are continually added to the lists as the Society becomes aware of them and has carried out site surveys.
Some of the listed bird watching sites have full descriptions and It is our intention that eventually all the sites will have descriptions.
Next field meeting
Our next field meeting will be held on the 21st of January 2017. We will visit Fuente de Piedra and afterwards we will have our yealy Ordinary General Assembly (OGA). All actual information you can find on the forum.
We have available online many field meeting reports, which give a huge amount of information about the various sites we have visited earlier.
Photographic Competition Winter 2017
The subject for the next competition is “A Wader or Waders, that can be found in Andalucia”. The best entry will cover the frontpage of our Spring edition (be careful we need a photograph in the right size A4).
The entries will be judged by a panel of experienced wildlife photographers and naturalists who will also make general comments on the photographs submitted and give tips for improvement.
As you might have noticed the winner of our Autumn Photographic Competition is covering the front page of this magazine. We think that it is nice to use photographs taken by Members. For the results please follow the link "Results of ABS photographic competition"
The entries will be scored under three categories:
Rules of the competition
Entrants must be amateur photographers. For more information and final rules please have a look at our website.
December 2016 - Sierra de Grazalema
Travelling from the drizzle and relative warmth of the coast to our inland destination, we arrived at the meeting point, Venta El Tropezon 111 on the outskirts of Montecorto, near Ronda, anticipating a cold day’s birding. However we were pleasantly surprised by the bright blue skies and warmth of the sun - or was it the cups of coffee and molletes which were quickly pressed on us by the patron of the venta. Our group of sixteen members quickly arranged ourselves into a smaller convoy of cars, eager to be on our way – onwards and upwards. Along the valley we caught glimpses
November 2016 – Sierra Mágina
Many members had been looking forward to upcoming trip to Sierra Mágina – Úbeda – in the more northern reaches of Andalucia. So a 0900hrs. start on a brilliant, but chilly morning had 23 members eagerly greeting José Luis Sánchez of Sierra–Trek – our guide for the day. Setting off in convoy we soon reached the track that took us 35km over the top of these magnificent mountains. We stopped to bird watch of course, but ...
October 2016 - The Levante Wind
The much awaited Isla de Palomas sea watch, the second October meeting, in Tarifa was sadly cancelled on the Thursday before it was due, purely because of the [correctly] forecasted Levante wind. However as it is now the policy of the ABS to not cancel in its entirety an event, an alternative was arranged - La Janda. All those who had stated they were attending were contacted by email or phone so that they could make their own decision. A hardy 11 members joined Javi Elorriaga [Birding the Straits] the day’s leader at the arranged assembly point near the causeway to Isla de Palomas. Whilst we were being buffeted by the relentless wind and waiting for 15 minutes in case of any late comers a Peregrine decided to give us a low fly past.
October 2016 - Bonanza
The day started rather cloudy and cool but quickly warmed up once the sun appeared. A large group of over 30 ABS members met at a bar on the outskirts of Bonanza town.From here we drove the short distance to some local ponds where it was reported many birds were visible. There were Purple Swamphen, Snipe, Little Grebe and Peter Jones spotted a Little Bittern. Only its rear end could be seen in the reeds but as 30 pairs of eyes drilled into it, the tail moved and the bird gave us all a good view as it scampered through the reeds and eventually disappeared.
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