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Sunday 07 June 2015, Chipiona, Cádiz, partly cloudy, light-fresh E-SE wind, 31C

A (non-birding) weekend in a rather warm and humid Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz province, afforded a couple of birding opportunities with a short visit to Bonanza salt pans late yesterday afternoon and a visit to Chipiona, to look for Little Swift, mid-morning today.
We only checked the first kilometre or so of Bonanza salt pans but still managed to see several Black Kite, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Audouin's Gull, Sandwich Tern, Little Tern, White Stork, a couple of Greater Flamingo, Grey Heron, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Kentish Plover, Crested Lark, Yellow Wagtail and Zitting Cisticola.

The Little Swift at Chipiona are not guaranteed to put in an appearance so my hopes weren't too high as we arrived in the main beach car park at around 1300hrs.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised when I got out of the car and found one of these little beauties with my first scan of the harbour/marina area! Heading over to the modern rectangular building at the edge of the water it became clear that the swifts were showing very well, with at least 10 swooping around the car park and giving great views along with a few House Martin and Common/Pallid Swift. A couple of hours later another was flying in and out of the castillo on the seafront, oblivious to the many holidaymakers walking nearby.
Some photos of the Little Swifts at Chipiona.......


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