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Peter E's visit to Sevilla....

Thanks to Peter E for the following resume of a recent trip to Sevilla:

"Sevilla is a beautiful city, and the Alcazar Real and gardens is surely one of the wonders of the world! Sevilla is not a great place for birds however, although we did see the Lesser Kestrel colony from our hotel roof-terrace and circling the Giralda. Swifts, swallows and martins were everywhere, and blackbirds, spotless starlings and monk parakeets common. Greenfinch and hoopoe were also seen as was just one white stork flying over. In the river Guadalquivir, a night heron was spotted along with other ducks, and many turtles or terrapins had clambered out of the water to bask in the sun.
One day was spent in the Donana National Park where greater flamingo, spoonbill, glossy ibis, little, cattle and great white egrets were plentiful on the El Rocio lagoon, together with black-winged stilt, egyptian goose, shelduck, and one black swan (which must surely be an escape). Black kites were everywhere.
At El Acebuche, azure-winged magpie were in the picnic area (as they were on my last visit 15 years ago) and we added bee-eaters, corn bunting and woodchat shrike to our list. A beautiful pale booted eagle was overhead. Donana is surely another of the world's great wonders!"

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