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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.
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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.
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An overview of the Red-footed Falcon influx, Spain spring 2008
While the Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) is a not uncommon spring migrant to eastern Spain, particularly to the Balearic islands and Catalunya with occasional records elsewhere, it was obvious from early May that a fairly large movement took place in the last few days of April 2008 and first week of May, with unprecedented numbers turning up in all sorts of places. First reports were from the south of France (per Georges Olioso) which reflected the large numbers which had been blown west off the more normal easterly migration track after a prolonged period of easterly winds and birds had been recorded in large numbers along the whole of the southern departements in the last few days of April. In Spain this westerly movement of wind-blown birds was first noted with early records around 26-29 April in Catalunya, the Balearic Islands and as far south as Tarifa (Cádiz).
Bald Ibis Breed in the wild
A pair of Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita), of which less than 250 individuals survive in the whole world, have managed to breed in the wild in Spain for what is probably the first time in 500 years. The pair have laid two eggs in the Spanish Ministry of Defence training ground in the Sierra de El Retín, in Barbate (Cádiz).
Greater flamingo at Fuente de Piedra drought and abuse of water
Greater Flamingo Pheonicopterus ruber (Flamenco común)
Anyone fortunate enough to have witnessed the large flocks of Greater Flamingo at Fuente de Piedra cannot have failed to have been left with a lasting impression of wonder. Their pale colour suddenly transformed when outstretched wings reveal a deep and striking pink contrasting with their pale body colour and emphasised by black wing tips. Of course their size and unique shape make them instantly recognisable to almost all of us.
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