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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Wild Bird first aid.

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About Birds

A good a place as any to start with this brief article is to note the name change to both the common and scientific names, so I present to you in all its glory the Western Orphean Warbler Curruca hortensis, ...
“It seems now we are all in a war zone, we are fighting on so many fronts to conserve and preserve what we have left, and yet this story of the Glossy Ibis should give us all hope that things ...
I am often asked what my favourite time of year is for birds. It is a difficult question and one that I am at odds with. Is it springtime when our summer birds return promising longer and warmer days or ...

Birding Sites

The Delta Birding Festival is the most prestigious nature event in the Mediterranean and the annual meeting point for ornithologists and naturalists. A festival where you can share your passion for birds and nature, and also to promote their conservation ...
Within the heartlands of Andalucía, nestling within Malaga Province, is a wilderness of outstanding natural beauty and importance. The Serranía de Ronda is a jewel in the crown of natural Spain and is one of the many spectacular wildernesses of ...
Unless they’re very fortunate and live near a ‘hotspot’, birders often tend to neglect their immediate surroundings in favour of heading off to a more distant locality where a good range of species can be more reliably found.  With various ...

Comparative Field Guide

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We are proud, as a Society, to be once again supporting Global Birding for their upcoming 'Global Bird Weekend'. The event for 2021 is in support of Birdlife International's appeal for their project to protect wetlands and migratory birds, an ...
Montagu's Harrier
Montagu's Harrier Project Aguiluzo Cenizo, the Montagu's Harrier project, there has been a 100% increase in the number of protected nests. There are good numbers of chicks in the hacking project, the book on Sacapuntas (a female raised by the ...
Olive Grove
EL OLIVAR. ¿EL OCASO DEL CAMPO ANDALUZ? Desde niño, mi entusiasmo, curiosidad y amor por la naturaleza se fueron forjando a orillas del Guadalquivir, a su paso por la provincia de Jaén. En este sentido, puedo decir que fui un ...


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My Local Patch

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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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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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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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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Visit Reports

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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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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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