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.

All articles appearing on this website © Andalucía Bird Society.  All rights reserved.

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

Reserva Natural del Complejo Endorréico de Espera or, to use its more informal name, ‘Lagunas de Espera’, is tucked away out of sight in the rolling hills east of the village of that name which itself is 15km north of ...
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It’s sobering to think that it’s the best part of fifty years since I first visited southern Spain with a group of birding friends all on the cusp of going off to university. Our knowledge of Spanish ornithology was limited ...
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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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Comparative Field Guide

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Conservation

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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I am, like all our members, so extremely proud of the support we are able to give to various conservation projects. It has long been the aim of the Society to become a major source of assistance to regional conservation ...
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/ Conservation, Newsflash

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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/ My Local Patch

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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