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Welcome

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!

News

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 December 2016 rarities and welcome any additions. To see the current list follow this link

Announcements

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.

Publicity

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.

Want a Professional Guide?

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Interested in one or more days birding in Spain?
See the list of guides approved by the Andalucía Bird Society
 
All guides listed have fulfilled the criteria for and qualified to participate in The Professional Bird / Wildlife Guides Certificate.
Next field meeting
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Our next field meeting will be held on the 8th of April 2017. We will visit Tarifa and la Janda.  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.

A disappointing amount of entries were received for the winter 2017 competition however the majority of the photos were of a good quality.  The winning photo graces the magazine cover as usual and narrowly claimed top spot from the runners-up by virtue of the rarity value of this bird in Andalucia.  For the first time, the judges were not unanimous in their decision.  Each judge marks in private and the marks are totalled at the end to ensure an unbiased result.  So congratulations Ricky Owen for not only finding a wonderful male Pallid Harrier in La Janda, but also being able to photograph it so well.  It was kind of the bird to perch on part of the watering system but Ricky has captured the moment when the bird seemed to be watching him.  It’s clear the weather conditions were far from ideal, however, this in no way detracts from the image quality. 

Montegu Harrier by Ricky Owen

 European Bee eater by Mark Green  Short eared Owl2 by Ricky Owen

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

A Short-eared Owl and a European Bee-eater shared the honours for the second and third position, with Ricky and Mark Green supplying the pictures. As is usual, all of the entries will soon be available to be seen on the ABS website together with details of the Spring 2017 competition.
The Jury

 

Thank you all for entering the competition and whether you use a compact, bridge, DSLR camera or you digiscope please keep the photographs coming. Only one person can win but all other pictures are displayed for three months on the ABS website.

 
 
 
The Jury,
Derek Etherton, Kevin Wade, Stephen Powell
 
 
 

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