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Old Sunday 13th April 2014, 15:39   #51
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More breeding birds arriving to Malaga!

We are receiving some more breeding birds at Montes de Málaga.

Booted Eagles have slowed down their displays though there are still four individuals in the area. We have welcomed the first Western Bonelli’s Warblers and caught and ringed the first couple of Subalpine Warblers. There was an active passage of Bee-eaters and Short-toed Eagles over the Montes, with two 5 and 6 individuals flocks of these raptors.

The picture of the Subalpine Warbler was taken during the scientific ringing process.
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Old Monday 14th April 2014, 18:35   #52
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2014.04.12 Birding at Osuna: Andalucia Bird Society April field meeting (PART ONE)

Great variety of waders in Fuente Piedra, including Wood Sandpipers and one Temminck’s Stint.

I stopped at dawn by the Laguna de Fuente Piedra on my way to Osuna, where the meeting was at 10:00. I was first a little disappointed as the mist was so thick that I could hardly see anything in the ponds around the wooden bridge. But you do not need your eyes to feel the amount of life and activity going on there!

The first Nightingale I have heard this year was singing around the holm oak at Cerro del Palo. Gull-billed Terns, Whiskered Terns and Black Terns flew from the main lake to the Laguneto. When daylight started to kill the fog, I saw amazing flocks of waders including: Avocets, Black-winged Stilts, Ruffs, Dunlins, Snipes, Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stints, Sanderlings, Wood Sandpipers, Redshanks, Greenshanks, Kentish Plovers, Ringed Plovers and Temminck’s Stints.

Having to leave Fuente Piedra to Osuna in the middle of this frenzy was kind of a “watching interruptus”.

To be continued...

Video on waders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAD9Ixyxjk0

Video on Temminck's Stint & Wood Sandpiper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3NacqRSXU8
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Old Tuesday 15th April 2014, 19:07   #53
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Birding at Osuna: Andalucia Bird Society April field meeting (PART TWO)

Mission accomplished! Bustards, Little Bustards, Stone Curlews, Collared Pratincoles, Lesser Kestrels, Black-winged Kites, Montagu’s Harriers, Rollers...

What a nice group of birdwatchers I met once again in Osuna! The number of attendants is growing so rapidly that we had to split the group in two convoys. I shared car and good experiences with Pete and Satori, and we all followed the great Peter Jones around the area.

In one of our first stops in front of a nice green wheat field, we could admire some Bee-eaters and the flight of a pair of Montagu’s Harriers and could spot, not without difficulty due to the distance and haze, one Bustard and some Little Bustards.

Driving through the tracks among Lesser Kestrels and Red-legged Partridges everywhere, we stopped at a big flock of Collared Pratincoles that landed in front of us for our full enjoyment.

We then arrived at one of the old ruined farmhouses sheltering Lesser Kestrels and Rollers. We could only find a couple of Rollers; surely they have not all arrived yet. A pair of Black-winged Kites flew above the group at that moment.

We moved to the Laguna Ballestera for lunch. There were Flamingos, Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Gull-billed Terns, Coots, Mallards, Gadwalls, Shovelers, Shelducks, Black-winged Stilts, Avocets, Sanderlings, Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers and the starring visit of a mimetic Stone Curlew.

Another call to the Laguna de Consuegra, whose level of water looks pretty low by this time of the year, giving us not many species and no traces of the Whiskered Terns. But... let’s hope it rains before summer for our reason to come back!

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1GlZBxzv4k
(the Great Bustard appears between 0:03 and 0:10 below the dark green line)
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Old Friday 18th April 2014, 07:40   #54
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Possible Semipalmated Sandpiper at river Guadalhorce

Why do I think it is a Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)?

Size: it is in the range (around three quarters) as compared to the Dunlin.
Movements: it is not as fast as a Little Stint and its steps are “sticky”, probably due to the webbed toes.
Colour of the legs: dark, as opposed to those of Temminck’s.
General appearance: there is a significant difference between the darker crown and the paler throat; bill is shorter than Western’s.

See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVfcTkSaVb4

Any other opinions would be very much welcomed!!
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Old Tuesday 22nd April 2014, 09:41   #55
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2014.04.19 Birding at Fuente Piedra with Frank

Big amount of Flamingos grouping at the lake; bustling flocks of waders around the wooden bridge; nice sight of a male Little Bustard in display...

The weather forecast was cloudy for the day but it was even rainy before dawn in the surroundings of the lake. That is why we started by visiting the Laguneto after a “mollete con aceite” typical breakfast at the village.

Jackdaws and a Little Owl in the holes of the Visitor’s Centre in our way to the Laguneto. The birds seemed not to pay very much attention to a Fox carrying a couple victims home; maybe the lake had already paid its tribute to him. There was a significant amount of Red-crested Pochards in the water, along with Mallards, Gadwalls and the late Shovelers and Pochards at the site, some Little Grebes, young Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Gull-billed Terns and plenty of Black-headed Gulls.

Our walk towards the wooden bridge gave us several big groupings of Flamingos all around the lake once the mist cleared up, and the first encounters with what Frank calls the LBFs (“Little Brown Fellows”): Cetti’s Warblers and Reed Warblers singing, and Nightingales and Zitting Cisticolas singing and showing themselves too. Sardinian Warblers are inevitable too in the scrub.

Nice selection of waders in the ponds around the wooden bridge: Avocets, Black-winged stilts, Ruffs, Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stints, Dunlins, Redshanks, Wood Sandpipers, Ringed and Little-ringed Plovers and even a few Golden Plovers. Frank was very glad with watching and hearing the ditties of Corn Buntings as they are not present in Ireland.

We stood for some time around a reed in the path to the tower after hearing a strange call I had never heard before, but we were not lucky enough to defeat our friend’s shyness. There was a female Kestrel in one of the holes of the tower and a Glossy Ibis and a flock of Bee-eaters crossed the air above us to the main lake. Frank celebrated a Woodchat Shrike near the Visitor’s Centre when coming back to the car for a visit to La Vicaria before lunch in the village.

There was a flock of several Lesser Kestrels in the way out of the parking, some of them sitting in the wires over the railway. We could hear the songs of Red-legged Partridges from La Vicaria hide, spot a Lapwing and a Collared Pratincole in flight.

After lunch, we found most of our raptors at Cantarranas: Marsh Harriers (male and female) and Common Buzzard, Booted Eagle and Black Kites on passage. We could spot Grey Herons and Little Egrets from the sighting point, as well as Great-crested Grebes and some Shelducks in display. A little male Serin gave Frank another tick on his list, and Hoopoes were calling everywhere.

The hills in front of the parking at Cantarranas left one of the best moments of the day, with a male Little Bustard calling and displaying in the wheat field. I am pretty sure there had to be some females around him, but we were not able to spot them. While watching the Little Bustard, we could also admire the high flights and songs of the Calandra Larks, and saw the first Red-rumped Swallows of the day.

It was not definitely the day of ducks at Laguna Dulce in Campillos. As usual, huge flocks of Coots and a big number of Black-necked and Great-crested Grebes. We also found a couple of Kentish Plovers we did not see at Fuente Piedra, spotted another couple of Purple Swamphens at the bottom of the lake and Frank was very good at finding four Whiskered Terns in flight pretty far from the hide and the first Turtle Dove of the year.

A last stop near Bobadilla in our way back home gave us a nice flock of Cattle Egrets around a herd of goats and the meeting with my first Melodious Warbler this year, and maybe Frank’s ever.

With the addition of other common birds at these sites, we ticked 72 different species in total, which makes one of the best records I can remember.

No trace of the White-headed Ducks in Campillos, nor of the Black-winged Kite anywhere either... They are the reasons to come back!

Nice birdaytrip!!!

Video of Little Bustard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEtLgXPbPfE

Video of grebes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj7a729Qbzk
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2014.04.24 Birding at river Guadalhorce (Video report)

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2014.04.26 Birding at El Torcal (Video report)

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2014.04.28 Birding with Bruce and Janet (Part I: Fuente Piedra)

Bruce found the needles in the haystack!!

Yes, Bruce spotted these extremely pink little flamingos whose black bills told, not without difficulty as they were the laziest birds in the lake, they were Lesser Flamingos (see the link to the video at the bottom of the report).

Wonderful sunny and windless day to watch Red-crested Pochards, White-headed Ducks, Little Bustards, Calandra Larks, Lesser Kestrels, Red-rumped Swallows, Great Reed Warblers, Whiskered Terns, Temminck’s Stints and Melodious Warblers among sixty species in total.

And first Mallard chicks of the year!

Nice birdaytrip!!!

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2014.04.29 Birding with Bruce and Janet (Part II: Guadalhorce & Rio Grande)

Many more ticks for Bruce and Janet’s list of birds of the world!

Another wonderful sunny day at the mouth of river Guadalhorce and Rio Grande where Bruce and Janet could watch some of the birds they were looking for like Kentish Plovers, Yellow-legged Gulls, Blackcaps, Squacco Herons, Turtle Doves and Golden Orioles.

They could also enjoy many others like Night Herons, Hoopoes, Woodchat Shrikes, Purple Herons, Spoonbills, Western Bonelli’s Warblers, Pied Flycatchers and Wood Sandpipers.

Curiously enough, the same amount of total birds observed than yesterday: 60 species!

Nice birdaytrip!!!

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2014.04.30 Birding with Bruce and Janet (Part III: El Torcal)

Lovely spring day at this full of surprises magical site...

After two pretty intense birding days, Bruce and Janet preferred not to get to the site early enough to say hello to the Little Owls, but they (the Little Owls), did not want to miss welcoming our visitors to El Torcal.

And then we started a very entertaining day with some new birds for Bruce and Janet like Black Wheatear, Iberian Chiffchaff, Spectacled Warbler, Thekla Lark, Black Redstart, Blue Tit, Rock Sparrow, Linnet and Subalpine Warbler.

We could also have nice views of Blue Rock Thrushes, Black-eared Wheatears, Wrens, Choughs and Melodious Warblers amongst 32 species in total.

Black-winged Kites, Purple Swamphens, Bonelli’s Eagles, Redstarts and Egyptian Vultures are their reasons to come back.

Nice birdaytrips!!!
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2014.05.02 Watching raptors on the Costa del Sol

Somewhere in the mountains of the Costa del Sol...

Golden Eagles, Griffon Vultures and Bonelli's Eagles.

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Watching Azure-winged Magpies at Archidona (2014.05.10)

Archidona is the best place in Malaga to watch the Azure-winged Magpies.

Archidona is situated to the Northeast of Malaga province. It is surrounded by Olive groves and Holm Oak forests, it is crossed by the arroyo Marin and the river Guadalhorce which form two interesting gorges where riverside and mountain birds coexist, and there are two little pools as the wetland habitat in the area.

I visited the gorges of Guadalhorce and arroyo Marin. I saw the first Azure-winged Magpies while approaching the gorge of the Guadalhorce. My first impression when I got down the car was the big amount of birds singing: Nightingales, Golden Orioles, Blackcaps, Cuckoos, Cetti’s Warblers and Zitting Cisticolas.

Apart from the Cetti’s Warblers and Zitting Cisticolas, I could also spot a Little-ringed Plover, a pair of Mallards, Bee-eaters and plenty of Grey Wagtails as representatives of the riverside birds. Other species found where Mistle Thrushes, Woodchat Shrikes, Melodious Warblers, Great and Blue Tits, Hoopoes, Barn Swallows and Sardinian Warblers.

Rock Sparrows are very abundant in the walls of the gorge, sharing their space with Spotless Starlings, Blue Rock Thrushes, Crag Martins and some Rock Doves.

The gorge of the arroyo Marin is a more tree-covered environment. Its steep hills are inhabited by one of the last genuine wild Aleppo Pine forests in Malaga and the riverbanks support big poplars and ashes, hosting a great population of Nightingales and other forest birds like Great and Blue Tits, Short-toed treecreepers, Wrens, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers and dozens of Chaffinches. Azure-winged Magpies are also present in the gorge and I could spot some Red-legged Partridges on the track.

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Birding at river Guadalhorce (2014.05.25)

Nice views of Little, Sandwhich, Gull-billed and Whiskered Terns.

Antonio Miguel Pérez led the visit as part of his course on “Introduction to Practical Ornithology”. We met at 6:00 in order to try the Barn Owls. We missed them but could have a nice concert by the Red-necked Nightjars.

Our way to the sea hide gave the group Night Herons and all the ducks present at the site: Mallards (with males entering their eclipse phase), Gadwalls, Pochards and White-headed Ducks.

We could see the first chicks of Avocets from the Rio Viejo hide, with a Spoonbill and a flock of four young Flamingos.

There were some Audouin’s Gulls in the little islands of the Rio Viejo, a lonely elegant Slender-billed Gull and the first terns of the day: a pair of Sandwhich Terns.

We found some chicks of Kentish Plovers near the sea hide and a Little Tern at the east branch of the river.

We spotted a pair of Gull-billed Terns in our second look at the Rio Viejo.

Every little island in the smaller ponds around the Laguna Grande is full of nests of Black-winged Stilts, some of which can already be seen taking very good care of their chicks as they do not allow the presence of any other bird near them. They do even dare chasing big gulls to protect them.

The last Dunlin of the season was foraging in the ponds of the Laguna Grande along with Ringed, Little Ringed and more Kentish Plovers. Some Avocets are also present at this place. We could enjoy the near flights of another Gull-billed Tern and admire the last terns of the list today: a pair of Whiskered Terns for a total of more than fifty different species at the site.

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Bird watching at El Chorro (2014.05.30)

The best looking families are those of the Black Wheatears, Coal Tits and Chaffinches.

Nice climb to the cliffs of Gaitanejo in a sunny and northwest (making it warmer than usual) windy day.

Our visit through the pine tree forest gave us lots of Chaffinches both adults and chicks calling them as well as Serins and pretty close Short-toed Treecreepers. We could also see some Red-rumped Swallows in flight over the Gaitanejo Dam.

We met some interesting birds in the Mediterranean scrub like Blue Rock Thrushes (on top of the sandstone cliffs and sitting on one pylon), Sardinian Warblers, Woodchat Shrikes, Rock Buntings and a three member family of Black Wheatears.

And not only birds as we could spot a group of two adult females Spanish Ibex with their kids.

The first Griffon Vultures, Choughs and a lonely Kestrel flew over us before we got to the summit from where we could watch quite a big number of vultures both soaring and sitting on the rocks along with the always spectacular flights and calls of the Alpine Swifts.

The Bonelli’s Eagles are doing allright...

On our way back to the car we could happily realize that the Black Wheatears family is actually composed of five members and see another numerous family of Coal Tits.

21 different species in total from which 12 of them were new for my Welsh friends.

Nice birdaytrip!!!
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Birdwatching at Guadalhorce (2014.05.31)

Great Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Stint and Golden Oriole were the stars of the morning.

Click here to see the video: http://youtu.be/Q_r5CHP_02s

Nice morning with Antonio Miguel Pérez leading a group of some of the attendants to last week’s course on Ornithology. We met still at night at the entrance bridge in order to watch the Barn Owl but we had to be happy with the songs of Red-necked (everywhere!) and Eurpean (by the mouth of the west branch of the river) Nightjars which is worth very much.

The Great Egret and the Black-tailed Godwit were at the Rio Viejo hide; the Little Stint appeared amongst a flock of Kentish Plovers at the beach. They could be common sights in winter but they are quite a bit late by now. The Golden Oriole was singing from the trees between the Rio Viejo and the Laguna Grande and that is not a common listening over there.

There was a very strong passage of Scopoli’s Shearwaters and Balearic Shearwaters by the “platform” in the sea.

The rest of the trip went on as usual, with a lot of species watched, including chicks of Avocets, Kentish Plovers, Gadwalls and Black-winged Stilts, as you can see in the video report.
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Old Wednesday 4th June 2014, 17:00   #67
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Birding at Rio Grande (2014.06.02)

Another Great Egret observed today along with some interesting species for my Welsh friends like Cattle Egrets, Hoopoes, Squacco Herons, Bee-eaters, Golden Orioles and Melodious Warblers.

38 species observed in total.

Nice birdaytrip!!!
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Bird watching at Fuente Piedra (2014.06.06)

There is a good level of water at the lake to face the summer, with plenty of Flamingos at the reserve.

I have had the opportunity to pay a short visit to the Fuente Piedra Lake today. The ponds surrounding the lake are dry so waders have abandoned the site, except an interesting sample of Black-winged Stilts and Avocets.

As the level of water is still pretty high even after this rainless winter, there is a lot of Flamingos in the area and I could also spot a Lesser Flamingo in one of the flocks closest to the Visitor’s Centre. There were many Shelducks in the same group of birds between the Visitor’s Centre and the Vicaria.

There was a flock of up to ten Lesser Kestrels hovering around the tower near the path to the Vicaria. All of them were males and that might mean that there is a lot of breeding going on in the area.

There are plenty of Black-headed Gulls in the area as well as a significant population of Gull-billed Terns perhaps looking for the water they lack in other inner little lakes in Cordoba and Seville.

Breeding is going all right at the Laguneto where I could find Mallards, Gadwalls, Pochards and even a male Shoveler.

I was glad to see that White-headed Ducks and Red-crested Pochards are back to the Laguna Dulce, and that Great-crested Grebes are lovingly raising their chicks.
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Birdwatching at Rio Grande (video report) (2014.06.18)

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Great video Luis.I am very envious..!
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Birding around Malaga province (2014.06.19)

A birdwatching trip initially planned to visit the Laguna de Fuente Piedra, ended up as a delightful travel through a wide variety of birding environments.

Karen and Bill wanted to devote their free day from their travel group on the Costa del Sol to do some birding. According to their briefing, my suggestion was visiting the Laguna de Fuente Piedra. Some time has passed since then without much rain, and we have lost some of the entertaining bird friends living in the ponds around the main lake so I decided to adjust our trip, including different birding environments on our way to Fuente Piedra from Marbella, to broaden the chances to watch the highest possible number of new birds for these two good American global birdwatchers.

Our first stop was at the mouth of river Guadalhorce. Everything was very quiet in our first pass through the Rio Viejo with just a flock of some young Flamingos. But we had very good views of the White-headed Ducks in display from the Laguna de la Casilla hide, and Little Egrets, Avocets and Black-winged Stilts from the Rio Viejo hide.

From this latter place we could also spot a nice Purple Heron landing on one of the dead eucaliptus, where a Peregrine falcon was sitting, something I had not seen there for quite a long time, and one funny Reed Warbler leaving aside its shyness to go after some bugs in the scrub just beneath the hide.

We found a nice group of Yellow-legged and Audouin’s Gulls with a lonely Little Tern in our second glance at the Rio Viejo meanders, and could spot a Hoopoe actively foraging by the track and a little flock of Kentish Plovers at the beach.

Coffe break and move to El Torcal. As usual, it was a little windy at the Mirador de las Ventanillas but it gave us good views of the Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Sparrows and Rock Buntings (many rocky birds indeed in such rocky scenery!). We also got into the Green Path where we could watch Griffon Vultures, the wonderful soaring of the Bonelli’s Eagle, the songs of the Serins and the calls of the juvenile Melodious Warblers to their solicitous parents.

Karen and Bill had the opportunity, for their delight, to try the typical “porra” in Fuente Piedra village. We then headed to the lake. Along with the Flamingos, we could spot a Lesser Flamingo from the Visitor’s Centre, and big flocks of Yellow-legged Gulls, Black-headed Gulls and Gull-billed Terns.

We sat at the Laguneto hide for a while. A good number of adult Flamingos were in the water pretty close to the hide. Bill was very happy to see a pair of Lapwings and found a first Black-tailed Godwit at the West bottom of the lake of a flock of at least ten of them. It is a little late for godwits there as it is for a male Shoveler in eclipse. Some male Mallards were moulting as well and we could confirm how Pochards are breeding at the site with a female and two chicks.

We were getting out the reserve when one of the several Lesser Kestrels that we could see in flight over the old granary from the hide passed just in front of the car and when we were accessing to the road, a wonderful male Montagu’s Harrier quartered for a while over the olive groves around the village; unfortunately not long enough for me to take a good picture with my slowly focusing camera. Bill was much more skillful than me and got a very nice shot at him.

Our last and quick (thank you so much again, Karen, for your patient with us two crazy birders!) stop was at Rio Grande. The ubiquitous Black-winged Stilts (everywhere today!), herons’ paradise: Little and Cattle Egrets, Grey and Squacco Herons, and Bee-eaters. And finally, the serene observation of the Woodchat Shrike, a bird we had hardly glimpsed from the car on our way to El Torcal.

Nice birdaytrip!!!
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Birding at the Comarca de Antequera (2014.06.25)

I had to be in Antequera early in the morning and could not avoid some exploring around before returning to Malaga...

I took secondary roads from Antequera to Bobadilla and to the tail end of the Guadalhorce reservoir.

I could see many Little Owls on wires and farm houses as they are very actively engaged in feeding very big chicks, as it is the case of Kestrels and Lesser Kestrels hovering over the stubble fields. I also see two male Montagu’s Harriers.

I found that Grey Herons have nested in some of the dry tamarisk in the middle of the reservoir, where I could also spot Night Herons and Great-crested Grebes with juveniles and Spanish Sparrows getting noticed with their constant calls.

Back to Antequera, I climbed to the Colegiata to see the Lesser Kestrels in flight over the towers of its many churches and old buildings and realized that the nest of the White Storks has some guests in it. Congratulations!
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Nice posts, Luis, keep them up. I'm just back from Mallorca and will be (hopefully) down Tarifa in September.....

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Nice posts, Luis, keep them up. I'm just back from Mallorca and will be (hopefully) down Tarifa in September.....

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Nice place to visit in september!
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