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A very warm welcome to the Andalucia Bird Society web site.
Here you will find information on birdwatching in Andalucia. A great resource for exchanging and or getting information on many aspects of birding here in southern Spain. If you intend visiting this area, then an open and FREE forum allows you to contact locals on specific site or species information. Contribute to our database & conservation efforts by submitting your vacation trip reports and sighting records to the society.
The main site and the forum also have areas restricted to members of the society. To get even more benefits from our web activities and also be entitled to receive newsletters, quarterly magazine and attend field trips please SUPPORT US!


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 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.

Do you know of any county or national bird clubs
, societies, organisations that might want to exchange links with us? We think we can offer their members a great resource through mutual links and able to give their members a point of contact and reference if they intend visiting Spain. Thanks, The ABS team

Members info

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 any members have either articles they want published here on the main site and or photographs we can use in our gallery? If you can contribute please use the 'contact us' form. See main menu bar above.
Note: Members can now access their own area on the main site. See main menu bar above.


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.
Do you provide a service in Andalucia? Banner adverts appearing at the top of all pages available for a donation to the society.
Do you offer guiding services in Andalucia for walkers, birdwatchers, botanists, entomologists and or general nature tours? We can offer links on our web site for return links and a single free membership day tour guided by you each year. If you have an interest 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 20th of October 2018. Field Meeting Brazo del Este, Cádiz Province.  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.

This time, on the theme of "any bird that can be found in Andalucia”, 22 entries were received for the Summer 2017 competition.  Now that one of the criteria for judges to mark concerns “cover appeal”, it was particularly pleasing to see photographers entering photographs not only in the correct A4 format, but meeting the “wow” factor which would want to make someone pick up the magazine.  In fact, the standard of the photography is making it increasingly difficult for the judges to make their decisions and agree on an overall winner.  After much debate, the top five images could have all made the front cover, with many more following on closely behind.

Apart from the cover impact, the judges are looking for technical excellence, composition/presentation and biological challenge.  Again, the summer competition produced a very tight result.  Married couple Ricky Owen and Francisca Mateos (better know to all as Sonia) shared the top four positions, with their high quality shots of Turtle Doves, Greater Spotted Eagle, Whinchat and Wryneck.  This time, Ricky was just pipped into second place in the judging, but he will undoubtedly proud of his wife’s winning image of Turtle Doves.  Congratulations to Sonia on her excellent shot and therefore achieving her first cover photograph on the magazine.  Her photograph, showing a pair of Turtle Doves scored highly for composition and cover impact, with both birds also being in sharp focus with a nicely blurred background.  The Turtle Dove has suffered sharp declines in the Iberian peninsula, as well as elsewhere in Europe, and to capture such a great photograph of this one common species means that is a worthy winner of the summer competition

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Following on very closely in second place, Ricky’s superb image of a Greater Spotted Eagle scored top marks for its rarity value.  Sonia’s superb image of a posing Wryneck came third, with Ricky’s explosive Whinchat in flight coming fourth.  In fifth position, Dave Jefferson’s image of a strutting Water Rail out in the open, completes the top five.

All entries will be viewable soon on the ABS website and the three judges would like to congratulate all photographers who entered the summer competition and would encourage everyone to participate in the next competition, details of which will also appear soon on the ABS website.


The Jury,
Derek Etherton, Kevin Wade, Stephen Powell



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