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

European Bee Eater Merops apiaster Among the most looked forward to and colourful heralds of spring is our Bee Eater; they brighten the season with their bubbling calls as they announce their arrival to our shores, usually arriving in numbers ...
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The ABS Facebook group is welcoming many people new to birdwatching; it is wonderful to see all the questions on identification coming in. On the one hand the identification of birds and their behaviour is richly rewarding, on the other ...
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Black-eared Wheatear
One of our most enigmatic summer visitors and one of the most attractive is the Black-eared Wheatear. The variable plumage for these beauties can cause confusion among those not familiar with the species. They are widespread throughout our region and ...
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Birding Sites

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The small lagoon complex formed by marshlands, waterlogged areas and different pools that constitute the Nature Reserve of Suarez's Pond, the so-called "Charca de Suárez" in Spanish, make this place a real oasis for nature and wildlife. Located in the ...
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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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Comparative Field Guide

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Conservation

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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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How quickly we become blasé about the birds we once considered exotic! When we first arrived in Andalucía I got Tom (my husband) to abandon the car in Arahal high street for me to jump out and take a photo ...
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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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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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