Tuesday, 3 April 2018

SPRING IMAGES, For WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY

As I look out the window, I wonder when the rain will stop. We had one day last week when the sun shone, but it's been raining ever since, and not just drizzle, but heavy rainfall  accompanied by thunder  and lighting storms. A far cry from from our usual March and April weather, so here are some spring photos from last year, and few from last week on the day it didn't rain.



THE LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER:
 

THIS WAS MY FIRST SIGHTING, AND I WAS QUITE SURPRISED TO SEE HOW SMALL IT IS:
 


 

SPRING FLOWERS COMING INTO BUD.
 

PINTAS, GOING DOWN SOME STONE STEPS TO THE ORCHARD, actually took this photo two springs ago..
 

MALE AND...
 

FEMALE WALL LIZARDS
 





FISH IN OUR POND, taken one day last week when I went to feed them.
 

ALSO BY THE POND, A TOAD IN HIDING! :=)
 

IS THIS A KIND OF RAT ANYONE!!! MEL CHASED IT DOWN A ROAD ON THE FARM,
 

IT HAD NOWHERE TO HIDE;  AND I GOT A GOOD LOOK AT IT'S TINY EARS AND SHORT TAIL.
 

THE GREATER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
 

GREEN-VEINED WHITE.
 


 


 

THE HOOPOE (PHOTO TAKEN IN APRIL LAST YEAR).
 

WHEN I FED THE FISH I ALSO TOOK A PHOTO OF THIS LITTLE BIRD. he he!!:)
 
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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Fun with Gulls

I still had a few more photos of the Yellow Legged Gulls, so I thought I would have some fun with the captions. I'm not good at this, and it took me ages to come up with something. Still, I had fun, and I hope you enjoy.



Mr Grumpy Gull said, FOR THE THIRD TIME, GET UP! LETS GO FISHING!
 

Mr Grumpy Gull said SQUAWK, SQUAWK, SQUAWK,/ NAG, NAG, NAG!!!!! 
 

"OH FOR GOODNESS SAKE; STOP YELLING / SQUAWKING AT ME," ..said Mrs Losing Her Cool.
 

Mrs Losing Her Cool said ... "I'VE  JUST ABOUT HAD ENOUGH OF YOUR SCREECHING"!!
 

"I'M SORRY DEAR"!
 

"HEY"!  "I SAID I WAS SORRY"!
 

"OH; BE LIKE THAT THEN"!!
 

Mrs Not Grumpy whispers ..."EVERYONES LOOKING AT US"!!
 

"I'M SORRY DEAREST, BUT I GET CRANKY WHEN I'M HUNGRY."
 

Mrs Not Grumpy whispers...  "I KNOW DEAR, YOU GET HANGRY". "LET'S GO"!:)
 
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Algarve and the Yellow Legged Gull

At last Spring has arrived, but it still doesn't look much like Spring here. We needed the rain after last years drought, but now after several months of it, I long for the rain to stop, so...I can get outside and take some photos. In the meantime, as I still have photos from the Algarve, here are a few shots of the Yellow Legged Gull.




 


 


 


 


 
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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Algarve and the Cattle Egret.

Throughout Portugal there is a large gypsy community, but most can be seen in the Algarve. They have lived in Portugal since the second half of the 15th century. They rely on their horses for many aspects of their lives. I took the next photo through our windscreen window, as we were returning home one day. There are eight horses in the photo, and tethered gypsy horses can be seen on waste land all over the south of Portugal. At least the poor tethered horse, (which is the way gypsies leave their horses to graze,) had the company of the little Cattle Egret.



 


 


 


 


 


 


 
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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Two Jays in the Garden

The weather has been atrocious, so no chance of taking photos in this dull gloomy light, and torrential rain, and I haven't put together a post this week either, as I have been slowly catching up with other things, and recuperating, so I'm sharing a post I made last year of two Jays in the garden.   



 


 


 


 


 
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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Algarve and the Sandpiper.

We are recovering from an aggressive flu bug, which has left us with a chest infection, and energy depleted. Forgive me if I don't visit, ... although I'll try. Posting just one photo today of the Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos.


Sandpiper.

 
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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The Bluethroat.

At first I thought I had seen a little Wren or perhaps a Robin in the distance, running from one side of the narrow dirt path to the other. I stood perfectly still, and waited with my camera at the ready, hoping it would  reappear, ..and when it did, and started to make it's way back, running very quickly towards the reed beds from where it had first emerged, it was then I saw the flash of blue.

Because whilst making my previous post, I made an error, I was prevented from making any corrections, or adding my thanks to those of you who kindly gave me the ID of the IF bird, but I am really grateful for any information you gave me. Thank you so much. :) I will be linking this post to Wild Bird Wednesday.



The male Bluethroat.   Luscinia  svecica.
The white spotted race ( Cyanecula) can be seen in central and southern Europe ( that's the white spot on the throat.)
 

Because he was running so fast, these indifferent shots were the best of a blurry bunch. Pity I did not do it justice because his electric blue breast is beautiful, however unlike the male, most females lack the blue.
 
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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Algarve and the Wetlands

Here are some more shots of birds we see in the Wetlands. A place I often post about, but we seem to be drawn to it's natural beauty, and it's a safe place to walk Mel, away from traffic, and the noise of a busy fishing village.


Sharing how difficult it is at times to spot birds in this kind of landscape.
 

A Stonechat perched on top of the reeds.
 

After a long dry summer, the water level was very low.
 

I'm not sure about the ID of these birds , perhaps young flamingos, but they were surrounded by Grey Herons, which was puzzling!
 

These are all views taken from a long way away.
 

Spoonbill.
 

Egrets
 


 

I wish this shot had been a little nearer. I think it's either a Hawk or a Harrier, but I 'm not sure!
 

Spoonbills and Herons.
 

Cormorants were plentiful.
 


 


 

Flamingos.
 

We saw many Flamingos. All these shots were taken in December 2017.
 
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