GONHS 2023 Outings Kick-off

The first GONHS outing of 2023 was held on Saturday the 21st January.  Robert Perez led a sea-watch at Europa Point, from which attendees had an opportunity to see some of the seabirds that spend the winter in Gibraltar waters. 

 

In spite of the normally unfavourable northwesterly wind, there was plenty to keep watchers entertained.  Five Mediterranean Gulls in a range of plumages provided a useful comparison with some 80 Black-headed Gulls, feeding just off the point and then settling on the cliff below Harding’s Battery.  A Common Sandpiper was on the rocks below these.  A second winter Audouin’s Gull flew past at a distance but an adult in immaculate plumage flew only metres from the watchers.  Also useful for comparison were four Great Cormorants and five European Shags.  There was a constant trickle of Northern Gannets, at least 25, allowing watchers to grapple with the aging of these.  Two Sandwich Terns were seen and it wouldn’t have been winter 2023 without a Razorbill, which sat on the sea off the point.  The most notable sighting was a remarkable movement westward of 262 Balearic Shearwaters in an hour and forty-five minutes.  These are regular off Gibraltar throughout the year, but the main movements are in late spring/early summer, when they leave the Mediterranean, then returning mainly during mid- to late autumn, with some laying eggs in their Balearic breeding grounds as early as February.  It was thus extraordinary to see so many birds leaving the Mediterranean, but these may have been birds that were blown in from the Atlantic during recent strong westerly winds.

 

The next GONHS outing will be to La Janda on the 25th February, in search of wintering birds and early migrants.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to attend.

GONHS 2023 Outings Kick-off

GONHS 2023 Outings Kick-off

The first GONHS outing of 2023 was held on Saturday the 21st January.  Robert Perez led a sea-watch at Europa Point, from which attendees had an opportunity to see some of the seabirds that spend the winter in Gibraltar waters. 

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Arthur Harper LRPS - Obituary

Arthur Harper LRPS - Obituary

 

Lifetime President of the Gibraltar Photographic Society, Arthur Harper LRPS, passed away peacefully on 26thDecember.

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Gibraltar Bird Report 2021

Gibraltar Bird Report 2021

Welcome to the Gibraltar Bird Report 2021.

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OS 35 Incident

OS 35 Incident

OS 35 Incident 

The Bulk Carrier OS 35 was involved in a collision with the Adam LNG south of Europa Point on the evening of the 29th August. The OS 35 started to sink, and was directed by the Port Authorities to the East Side of the Rock, where it was decided to beach the vessel to prevent it sinking altogether.

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Birdlife Eurobirdwatch 22.  30th Anniversary

Birdlife Eurobirdwatch 22. 30th Anniversary

Birdlife Eurobirdwatch 22.  30th Anniversary

 

The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society will be celebrating the 22 edition of the Birdlife EuroBirdwatch on Saturday the 1st of October.

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Raptor Rescue

Raptor Rescue

The 25th May was specially hectic for the number of raptors that fell into the sea.  Most of these are young non-breeding and inexperienced birds that fall foul of windy conditions in the Strait.

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Sierra De Las Nieves Outing

Sierra De Las Nieves Outing


The Sierra de las Nieves outing was held on Saturday 21st May.  A good group of people attended and the weather was magnificent.

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Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, 1931-2022

 

GONHS notes with much sadness the passing of Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, Governor of Gibraltar 1993-1995 and Honorary Life Patron of the Society.

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