Chasers and screamers – summer is here

The evening sky over Antequera, and over most towns and villages in Andalucía, is now crowded with fast, aerobatic and noisy entertainers with distinctive scimitar-shaped wings – this design is almost unique to this family of birds. Swifts, recently returned from their wintering areas in sub-Saharan Africa, begin arriving here in April and numbers continue … More Chasers and screamers – summer is here

Water and waterbirds return to Andalusian lagoons, with some crakey additions

On our March visit to Andalucía we learned that November 2018 had produced torrential rain in parts of southern Spain and the lagoons, where we and other bird and broader wildlife enthusiasts enjoy the natural world, proved to be at their highest water levels for years. Other signs of the deluge were apparent in the … More Water and waterbirds return to Andalusian lagoons, with some crakey additions

“Where no vultures fly”: Rinderpest and Diclofenac

In my early childhood (probably in the 1950s) my parents took me to the local cinema see a wonderful film “Where no vultures fly”. This film was about the control of a then extremely serious and highly infectious disease of domestic cattle in Africa – Rinderpest. This virus disease had decimated cattle herds and caused … More “Where no vultures fly”: Rinderpest and Diclofenac