Bird Island’s land birds – natural or out of place?

When first discovered Bird Island probably had few land birds and R W Coppinger, who visited in 1882, stated categorically that there were none. By 1907 John Fryer, as part of the Percy Sladen Trust expedition to the Indian Ocean, found that Madagascar Fodies and Barred Ground Doves had arrived on Bird Island, and Desmond … More Bird Island’s land birds – natural or out of place?

Bird Island is not just for Sooty Terns!

When Bird Island was first discovered by Europeans in the 1770s, it was described as being covered by “innumerable” birds and later visitors reaffirmed this, also mentioning scant vegetation. The discoverers did not name the birds they found but Sooty Terns were likely to have been the most numerous species. Other species, mainly ground nesting … More Bird Island is not just for Sooty Terns!

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