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Birding in Murcia Where & What to See

World / Checklist Wildlife Guide
By: Martin O'Hanlon(Author)
200 pages, colour photos, colour maps
Birding in Murcia
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  • Birding in Murcia ISBN: 9781527289642 Paperback May 2021 In stock
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This book is a guide for birdwatchers who are visiting or residing in the Spanish Region of Murcia, an area which is probably better known as the “Costa Cálida”. This compact corner of Spain isn’t particularly well known by visiting birders and there is very little English language information about the birdlife or the best bird-watching sites. The author has lived in and explored this region since 2003. Based on his hard-earned knowledge, this is the guidebook he would have liked to have read back then.

Seventy per cent of the country’s regularly occurring species can be seen in the region, even though it forms only 2.9% of the Spanish landmass. This is mainly due to its diversity of habitats. These include high mountain ranges that go up to 2,000 m above sea level, forested hillsides, semi-deserts, dry ramblas (watercourses) with high cliffs, rice and cereal fields, citrus, olive and almond fields, steppes, reservoirs, the River Segura and its tributaries, a longish coastline with associated wetlands and the largest inland lake in Spain, the Mar Menor. The flow of passage migrants passing through the region, also contributes to the wide range of species.

The introductory sections give a brief outline of the region, its diverse habitats and also an explanation for its attractiveness to a wide range of species in this south eastern corner of the Iberian Peninsula. The bulk of the subsequent information is divided into two main sections: a guide to the best bird watching sites to visit and a checklist of all the bird species recorded in the region.

Included are 16 sites, 13 of which are within the regional boundaries and 3 in neighbouring provinces. One of the sites is so close to the border with Alicante province that it would have been pedantic to exclude it. The other two sites, the plains of Pétrola and El Hondo wetlands, are also relatively close and are included because their ornithological interest is of national importance. Each location is illustrated with relevant colour photographs of the landscape of the area. The site information provides details of the main ornithological interest and lists of the main species that are resident, summer visitors, winter visitors or possible passage migrants. There are comprehensive directions, including GPS coordinates, for readers to find and then orientate themselves around the site, to make the most of their visit.

Just over 200 colour photographs illustrate the comprehensive checklist of the 342 species that have been recorded in the region. A further 31 species that are officially classified as exotic or not naturally occurring are also included at the end of the section. The list gives a brief description of the status of each species within the Region of Murcia, to provide the reader with a clear understanding of what species can be seen and importantly, which species are unlikely to be seen.

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  • Your "Go To" guide to the birds of Murcia
    By Geoff 8 Jun 2021 Written for Paperback
    Wherever I travel in the world as a bird watcher and photographer, the first item on my packing list is a good birding guide for the area. This ensures you make the best use of your time and take advantage of local knowledge to lead you to the best birding sites. Martin O'Hanlon´s book Birding in Murcia is one of those classic books. It is well laid out, clearly written and beautifully illustrated with photographs of the birds and the area. Maps and clear directions are given to the birding sites including GPS coordinates to make life even easier! The book is divided into 16 birding areas and there is also a useful checklist of birds to find where to see them. I have lived in Spain, in the adjoining province of Alicante, for 16 years and this book has introduced me to some new sites! So if the Region of Murcia is your next destination, then Martin O'Hanlon's Birding in Murcia should be at the top of your packing list!
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  • Excellent Bird Guide
    By John 9 Jun 2021 Written for Paperback
    The book is a very informative guide ''Where to watch Birds in and around the Region'' with thirteen different birding locations in Murcia and three locations in neighbouring regions. Proving an exact and very detailed guide to the different birding location together with location landscape photographs and area maps and detailed coordinates.

    Myself after living and birding here in Spain for the last four years, there are several locations listed that I have not yet visited. So I'm really looking forward to following the guide and visit these new locations soon.

    The second part of the book provides again a very detailed ''Checklist of the birds of the Region and status of recorded species'' together with species photographs and details of where and when you may expect to see the many species.

    In my opinion, the book provides information that will be of interest to both local birders and for sure a Great Guild for any visiting birder.
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World / Checklist Wildlife Guide
By: Martin O'Hanlon(Author)
200 pages, colour photos, colour maps
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