Little Swifts, Chipiona, Cadiz province, Spain

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One of the more accessible sites is at Chipiona harbour and marina on the western side of Andalucia.

There are other sites across the Iberian peninsula but this site offers easy access and with patience you can watch the birds feeding and returning to the colony. You’ll see them on their own in flight or within groups of the larger Pallid Swifts.

April is probably the best month to see them here although you can see individual Little Swifts around Barbate as early as the beginning of February if the weather is fine.

Here are some flight shots of Little Swifts (Apus affinis) taken in Andalucia, April 2015

One swift collects a falling feather blown from a House Sparrow’s nest

 

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Stephen Daly

Stephen Daly

, has been birding since he was eight years old in his native Scotland. After living in Germany and France he established Andalucian Guides the successful birding and wildlife tour company on The Strait of Gibraltar in and has been living here since 2001. Photographing birds in flight is one passion and his photos can be found in many books, magazines and journals. Studying bird behaviour and bird migration are two other positive aspects of being based on one of the busiest migration routes on Earth.

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