Welcome to the ABS Article Archives

Our archives contain all articles written by members and friends of the Society.  Most of the articles will also have been published in our member’s quarterly magazine ‘Birds of Andalucía’.  The subjects are mostly related to birds, but other areas of general interest, fauna and flora are also included.
For our member’s convenience the archives have been arranged in indexes so that topics of interest can be found more easily.

Adding to our Archives
We are fortunate to have in our midst a number of members who enjoy producing articles of interest for publication.  If you, like them, would care to donate an article for inclusion in our archive’s library, please send your copy by email attachment to the Society (abs.sociedad@gmail.com) clearly stating your name and contact details.  We will accredit your name for any published articles on this website or our quarterly magazine.  We hope all authors interested in the Society will help to create to this ever improving and growing resource.

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About Birds

‘You want to watch birds in a city? Why? You’ll see only pigeons!’ I have been hearing these kinds of comments all my life and nowadays I allow myself a wry smile. Don’t just think that city dwellers without an ...
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Turtle Dove
Back when I wrote this article during autumn, Turtle Doves were passing through nearby at La Janda, near Facinas.  I saw scores of them drifting over sunflower fields only to hear the distant sound of gunshot and come to the ...
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Every few years a bird book comes along that threatens to exhaust superlatives.  Despite the manifold worries that 2020 has brought, it will go down in the history of ornithological publishing as being one of the few years that gave ...
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Birding Sites

Given the popularity of nearby La Janda, it seems surprising that relatively few birders explore the area between Medina Sidonia and Benalup despite a host of interesting species.  Superficially, the track along the Corredor Verde dos Bahias seems to offer ...
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I imagine that if you mention the Costa del Sol to the unknowing and the ill-informed, they conjure up a vision of sandy beaches, lots of concrete and fish and chips. And yet, just a short drive away, you can ...
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Like so many others, I was first introduced to this wonderful site (which a lesser man might have kept to himself) by Peter Jones. Quite simply of all the many places I’ve taken birding friends to visit in western Andalucia, ...
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Comparative Field Guide

Species: Rüppell's Vulture – Gyps rueppellii – Buitre Moteado Polytypic. Nominate rueppellii, Sahel zone south of Sahara from Sénégal east to Sudan and south to East Africa, straggler Egypt. Extralimital: erlangeri, Ethiopia and Somalia. Rare visitor to Spain. Although a ...
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Crested Lark Galerida cristata Cogujada Común Possibly the most widespread and common lark species to be found in Andalucia. Most frequently encountered in lower elevations with more open habitats, often cultivated country. Very common along coastal areas. Heavy in appearance ...
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Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni / Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus The figure, Figure 1, to the left shows an adult male Lesser Kestrel (left) and an adult male Common Kestrel (right). Simple enough to see the difference, but in the field ...
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Conservation

As spring approaches our birding lives are dominated by one thing – migration.  Migration is a physically demanding time, and the birds must have stored enough fat (energy) for them to make it through to their breeding grounds.  Many of ...
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Spain is a big country, the second biggest in Europe and this size is reflected in the diversity of its topography, climate, geology and ecology. From true desert to sub-tropical cloud forest and baking lowland plain to high alpine glacier, ...
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One of life's greatest pleasures is being able to help bird conservation efforts here in Andalucía. I am so grateful to our members at the Andalucía Bird Society for their continuing support towards our conservation projects. 2020 sees the Society ...
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Flowers

This year has been very odd for all of us due to the Covid-19 illness as we all know. Up until March 14th 2020 we were allowed to wander freely in the mountains searching for flowers. We found many Giant ...
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Twelve years ago when we moved to Spain, like all good ornithologists, we set out to feed the birds and entice them within easy viewing distance. We failed miserably. Spanish birds are not attracted by peanut cages, seed feeders or ...
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Back in the UK I had a great interest in the country’s wild orchids and spent quite a lot of time searching for new species and eventually managed to see and photograph all but two species found there at that ...
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Insects

Monarch
Over the years I have visited the Serranía de Ronda many times through the early spring and summer months in pursuit of my main interest which is butterflies. Hand in hand with this goes the wealth of bird and plant ...
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Almost 80 species of Dragon-Damselfly have been recorded on the Spanish mainland and in Balearic Islands, with a further two or three which are restricted to the Canary Islands. I am going to start-off with the Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) ...
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Moths? Aren’t they all brown and boring? When I first show people some of the moths I have trapped overnight, the first reaction is amazement at the colours, patterns, variety of forms and “resting” positions shown by the moths. I ...
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Interviews

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I would like to focus this article from the perspective that 20 years of accumulated experience of working in the Rural Tourism sector in Andalusia has provided me. My role has been to act as a link between the public ...
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Celebrity interview as published in the Summer 2012 Issue of "Birds of Andalucía" PJ: Tim, amazingly we go back 37 years and in all that time I don’t think I ever asked ‘what first got you interested in birds?’ TA: ...
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My Local Patch

Have you ever had that prickly feeling at the base of your neck, when your hairs stand up and you are in wonder? It is a kind of out of body experience, where your spirit dances with joy and you ...
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I’ve always denied having a birding ‘patch’, but it’s gradually dawned on me that the terrace of my house in Alcala de los Gazules is a patch, albeit an extremely small one. I’m being a little disengenuous here since the ...
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We all know that Andalucía is a great place to be a birder. But there are some misguided fools, who live here or visit in order to whack a small white ball, into a very small hole, on very big ...
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Photography

Before we dive into the complexities of correct exposure of a digital photograph it is perhaps appropriate to discuss how the images are saved in the camera.  Most digital cameras offer a choice on the quality and file format to ...
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Introduction I am sure we have all been shown collections of fuzzy photographs taken by amateur photographers.  The reasons for these blurred images could stem from a number of causes; the subject may have been moving and the shutter speed ...
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The availability of high quality digital cameras, coupled with the computer processing options that follow, provide many outlets for the pictures produced.  This has enticed many nature enthusiasts to start recording their own experiences and views of birds, animals and ...
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Surveys

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On a cold wet winter´s day, what better than to look back to those warm balmy days of summer. It was still dark when I set out on an early June morning to open the nets; Casares was just a ...
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A question often asked of ornithologists is “How long do birds live?” There is no simple answer to the question as survival varies from species to species. An examination of the latest British Trust for Ornithology’s ringing report (Coiffait et ...
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Help discovering the spring The Spring Alive project is a simple birdwatching survey. Thanks to children and adults all around Europe we are able to track the spring arrival every year. Participation is very simple and can be a great ...
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Visit Reports

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This account outlines the wildlife adventures of two visitors from Scotland as we explored the birding delights of Andalucia in mid-March 2014. My friend, Lesley Silcock and I hoped to see a wide variety of birds, mammals and other creatures ...
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cornbunting
My mental picture of a Spanish landscape has to include a Corn Bunting on a wire, pouring out his jangling song There are a lot of great things about earning a living working for Bird Watching magazine, but none better ...
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A tale that knows no boundaries  A bird shall know neither bounds nor confines of man, remaining a free spirit to brighten our lives, a symbol of peace, fostering friendships for those who share in their joy. Peter Jones We ...
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‘Flamingos In The Desert’, by ABS member and regular contributor to this magazine Kevin Borman, is a book with a difference. It’s not specifically a bird book - though almost 40 species get a mention in the detailed index and ...
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A request I received on many occasions during the last 20 years of my working life, let me explain [to newer birders] why this is the wrong question! Firstly have a basic understanding of binoculars.  There are two ‘styles: the ...
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Birders might not immediately think they need to know much about maps. We tend to know our best local birding spots and there is of course the ABS network to tap into. If all else fails there are also books ...
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