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Wednesday 25 July, mostly cloudy, humid, light-fresh E wind, 29C: A trip to Malaga airport gave me a chance to visit the Guadalhorce reserve from 1330-1530hrs. It was very warm and humid and there were some heavy thundery showers on the way home in the afternoon. Although not the best time of day for birding there were still some interesting species around including: Common Kestrel, Monk Parakeet (including a very noisy group of 20+), Bee-eater (see photos), White-headed Duck, Little Egret, Black-winged Stilt (photos of adult and juvenile), Whimbrel, Sandwich Tern (there were reports of a Lesser-crested Tern a couple of days ago but no sign of it today), Little-ringed Plover, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Audouin's Gull (see photo), Mediterranean Gull (2x 1st summer? in photo), Red-rumped Swallow and Yellow Wagtail (female iberiae). Surprised to see so few raptors - not even a Booted Eagle - and no 'returning' waders.

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