I still find Pallid Swift a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde character; sometimes when conditions are perfect they can be blindingly obvious, but when they're not distinguishing the two can be one of birdings' toughest identification problems. Watching Pallid Swifts when they arrive in southern Spain in February always helps as Common haven't arrived yet! I did this sketch to try out some new cloured pencils and to go with a note I've written for the Andalucian Bird Society's magazine. It's not perfect, but I hope it helps!
About me ...
Hi I'm John Cantelo. I've been birding seriously since the 1960s when I met up with some like minded folks (all of us are still birding!) at Taunton's School in Southampton. I have lived in Kent , where I taught History and Sociology, since the late 1970s. In that time I've served on the committees of both my local RSPB group and the county ornithological society (KOS). I have also worked as a part-time field teacher for the RSPB at Dungeness. Having retired I now spend as much time as possible in Alcala de los Gazules in SW Spain. When I'm not birding I edit books for the Crossbill Guides series.