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THE GREAT plea­sure of bird­ing abroad isn’t al­ways see­ing new or ex­otic species, al­though there’s an un­de­ni­able thrill in catch­ing up with the sort of mag­nif­i­cent birds you’ll find in our 16-page cen­tre sec­tion on Mallorca – Black Vul­ture, say, or Eleonora’s Fal­con. Just as sat­is­fy­ing is get­ting good views of birds that might turn up in the UK, too, such as the Bee-eaters Ian Par­sons writes about on page 22, or the Stone-curlews David Ti­pling pho­tographed on page 60. And then there’s those close rel­a­tives of more fa­mil­iar birds – I al­ways enjoy see­ing Ken­tish Plovers, for ex­am­ple, like oddly trun­cated ver­sions of Ringed Plovers – all are pos­si­ble in Mallorca, in the mid­dle of a fam­ily hol­i­day – you can even win a trip to this bird-rich is­land with our great com­pe­ti­tion on page 44. Wher­ever you are this month, though, make the most of the long days and the pres­ence of our sum­mer vis­i­tors, and enjoy some won­der­ful bird­watch­ing with your favourite mag­a­zine.

Ken­tish Plover

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