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Birdwatching tours in Spain guided by experienced and enthusiastic local ornithologists.



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Cold spell-induced winter movements in Golden Plovers

We have recently published the paper “Individual migration patterns of Eurasian golden plovers Pluvialis apricaria breeding in Swedish Lapland; examples of cold spell-induced winter movements”. You can find the complete article in Journal of Avian Biology, year 2015, Volume 46, Issue 6, Pages 634-642. In the breeding season of 2011 we placed geolocators on golden plovers in our study area located [...]

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Egyptian vultures wintering in Extremadura

The Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) is mostly a summer visitor, although the Balearic and Canary Islands populations are resident. Some winter regularly in Peninsular Spain and winter roosts, mainly in Cáceres (Extremadura) and Doñana National Park (Andalusia), have been found since the mid 1980s and the 1990s, respectively. Sánchez et al. (2015) have recently published data on the wintering [...]

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The Black Vulture

The Eurasian Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) has suffered a long period of decline in the 20th century mainly due to egg exploitation by egg collectors, poison baits and disturbance. However, the spanish population is currently increasing with an estimate of 2440 pairs (de la Puente et al. 2007). In Peninsular Spain, colonies are found in the south west with a unique island colony in Mallorca. With [...]

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First results of our CES ringing site

First results of the bird monitoring programme in winter in our constant effort ringing site in Candeleda (Ávila) Last winter 2014 – 2015 we opened a new CES ringing site in Candeleda. This station is part of the network of integrated ringing sites in coordinated ringing programs by SEO/BirdLife (www.seo.org). The aim of this station is to get knowledge on the bird community around Candeleda [...]

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