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

The Iberian Magpie aka Azure-winged Magpie. Look through your guidebooks as long as you like, but you'll never find an entry for Widdrington’s Magpie. This isn't surprising, as it doesn't exist!  But for a quirk of timing and history, though, ...
Just 14 kms of open water separates us from our north African neighbours Morocco. And yet, the difference in not only culture and peoples, but is surpassed by the magnificent diversity in bird life. Amazing that just a stone’s throw ...
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea is a widely distributed member of the heron family Ardeidae. It breeds in Africa, central and southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia. Our Western Palearctic populations migrate between breeding and wintering habitats, whereas the African and tropical-Asian populations are primarily sedentary, except for ...

Birding Sites

Almost always when referring to Bird watching in Andalucía, it is usually a very clear picture of where to enjoy this hobby, directing our attention towards the provinces of Huelva, Cádiz and Sevilla. If we take time to think about ...
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 ...
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 ...

Comparative Field Guide

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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 ...
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, ...
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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My Local Patch

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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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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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La Rondeña sits on a ridge in the Sierra Cabrera, a range of hills some fifty kilometres north east of Almeria city. Patchwork, it’s always been a facet of birding that I’ve enjoyed. There’s something rather satisfying about working your ...
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Visit Reports

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