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

Firecrest
It is a time of year when a winter's Sun casts a golden veil across my landscape and deepening shadows soften the rugged mountains. Temperatures rise and fall under clear skies producing patchworks of white and green on grassy slopes ...
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Snow Bunting
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis makes an appearance as we enter our winter. Seems appropriate to me and also somewhat surprising. These birds are highly social during the winter so an appearance by a single bird is doubly unexpected. Our bird ...
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Moussier's Redstart female
The region’s close proximity to Morocco produces the odd record of birds native to Africa. Unsurprisingly these records are increasing in modern times as a result of climate change. Over the last decade sightings of a particularly beautiful bird, the ...
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Birding Sites

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Although still shown on several road maps Laguna de los Tollos, near El Cuervo on the border between the provinces of Cadiz and Seville, has been largely ignored by birdwatchers visiting SW Spain.  It failed to get a mention in ...
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Jose Antonio Valverde Visitors Centre The Visitor Centre has a reception for information, restrooms, gift shop and vending area. Also free 2 exhibition room and a 12 minutes long audiovisual. Visitors Centre Timetable: (free entrance) 1st of October - 31st ...
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Walking around Mediterranean dominions of Peregrine Falcon and Southeastern Spanish Ibex Facing west and overlooking the sharp Malaga coastline on the limit with the Granada province, the viewpoint on the Cerro Gordo Hill brow offers a picturesque panoramic over the ...
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Comparative Field Guide

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Conservation

Hoopoe
A paradise for birds in Andalusia´s heart This is the name given to the location where the bird ringing station is located, and it is a smallholding of private property, aware of the social and environmental importance of ornithology, experts ...
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In the UK, we tend to moan about the excesses of bird-killing, much of it illegal, that occur in Mediterranean countries. We ‘tut tut!’ about bird-liming in Cyprus, spring hunting in Malta and southwest France, and bird-trapping in Italy and ...
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Wader Quest was originally all about the Spoon-billed Sandpiper; raising money for it and raising awareness about it. This soon developed into a world-wide search for wader species that took us to 14 countries on 6 continents to see 175 ...
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Flowers

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Insects

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Interviews

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My Local Patch

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The map below shows the location of my local patch between Fuengirola and Benalmádena, about 20 kilometres westwards of Málaga along the A7 autovía. It sits on the lower slopes of the foothills of Sierra de Mijas, its higher, northern ...
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North of Ronda lies my village of Olvera, my local patch; from here I travel west to Campillos and Fuente de Piedra, east to Arcos de la Frontera, north to Osuna and south to Montejaque.  Olvera is a large village ...
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Axarquia-Little-Egret
I am lucky enough to live near the pretty white village of Frigiliana which overlooks the sea from the foothills of the Axarquia, a region of high sierras, to the East of Malaga. As a boy I remember reading my ...
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Photography

INTRODUCTION This is the first of a projected series of articles aimed at providing background information and techniques to help novices and those with some experience to obtain high quality photographs of wildlife, birds and animals, as well as plants.  ...
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In September 2013 I was fortunate enough to visit Agustin Perez Amil and his wonderful collection of hides labelled under the name of Alpasin Ecotourismo. Located in the Sierra Morena area, close to Adamuz, these hides give visitors like me ...
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Surveys

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Visit Reports

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Various

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Portrait of a Wilderness In the Spring 2013 edition (Volume Two, Issue Two) of Birds of Andalucía, a small panel on P15, headed ‘Did You Know?’, pointed out the fact that there is no obvious physical recognition anywhere of the ...
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