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.
 
WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY
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40 comments:

Sandra said...

so much beauty out there, so many birds to watch.. these are all wonderful. my favorite is the 3 flamingos. they are just beautiful. i love the way the sun is painting the marshlands. nothing better than a walk in a bird preserve...

Teresa said...

Todas preciosa. Los flamencos me encantan. Besitos.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Loved this hike. Thanks for taking me along.

Bob Bushell said...

Fantastic place, with all of them birds. Could that be an Osprey???

Sami Niilola said...

Hi. Fantastic photos. Amazing birds. Big thanks for your information.

La Biosfera de Lola said...

Precioso lugar y preciosas fotos, es un lugar lleno de vida. Besos.

matti juhani niilola said...

Awesome photos. Cormorants with electric wire. I have not seen before.

David Gascoigne said...

This post reinforces the value and the staggering richness of wetlands, to say nothing of their aesthetic qualities. You can visit the same wetland a thousand times, even a small one, and still tease out more secrets. To think that we have drained ninety-five per cent of the world’s wetlands is a sad testament to human stupidity and arrogance.

Gosia k said...

I love white birds

Mike Attwood said...

Hi Sonjia, Lovely place, I would be in my glory there. The shot of the bird carrying the fish is most certainly an osprey. Take care. Mike.

Stuart Price said...

The bird carrying a fish is an Osprey. The white birds surrounded by Grey Herons are Spoonbills I think.

Nick Morgan said...

That looks like an interesting place to visit. I was wondering if that is an osprey with a fish. I see someone else has suggested that.

Shiju Sugunan said...

The terrain looks very familiar. We have the same birds here in Bangalore's many lakes.

Valerie said...

Great shot of the flamingoes ! (Thank you for dropping by my blog).

Len said...

I think it's an osprey too.Super shots.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful collection of photos and beautiful birds. Could some of the White Birds be the Spoonbill? Enjoy your day!

Lea said...

Lovely birds, all of them!
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Glad you were able to visit the wetland and get such beautiful pics of the birds. Nice that a few other bloggers were able to help you identify the birds.

hmuxo said...

A beautiful place to visit, Sonjia! It's wonderful that you have the opportunity to take a walk there !!!! Thank you for Sharing !!!

Phil Slade said...

That so looks my sort of place. I wonder if your Ospreys migrate. On Menorca there is a non-migratory resident population of 5/7 pairs.

Nancy Chan said...

Lovely scenes from your hike! This place is a haven for the birds.

Hootin' Anni said...

Well, those in question DO look like flamingos...their beaks are black-tipped.

GREAT images. As always Love the spoonbill in flight!

Sandra said...

thanks for the anniversary wishes and sweet comments about us..

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I would love to go birding in this wetland spot. Wonderful variety of beautiful birds. I enjoyed all the birds and lovely photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. I also appreciate your comment. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely bird photos ~ favorite is the single little bird perched on a stem and the birds on the wires!

Happy Weekend to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You sure see a wonderful variety of big birds there! WOW! I love Spoonbills, don't you? Hugs!

Debbie said...

i enjoy these natural environments for birding!!

how in the world do the birds perch on the grasses? the second to last image of the flamingo's, stunning!!

Angie said...

You are blessed to be so near such an exotic variety of birds - thanks for sharing!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Magnificent and beautiful images .. Well done .. Regards

Anni said...

So serene, tranquil and beautiful. Love the photos. Subjects & lighting are perfect.

For linking in at I'd Rather B Birding, all of us birders are very appreciative...thanks!nu

Derek Billington said...

Good stuff Sonia, The birds you couldn't identify seem to be Egrets and Spoonbills among the herons and the bif shot is an Osprey. xx

A Colorful World said...

Beautiful marshy scenery and beautiful birds! Love the Osprey carrying his fish! That Stonechat was so cool. Loved the whole post!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, so much beauty. Both landscape and birds. Agree when it coemd to small birds in this vegetation. Sometimes almost impossible to find them unless they sing or move. :)

Betty Crow said...

Love the birds and the landscapes. I'm especially fond of the flamingos.

Stewart M said...

Like the others above - my first reaction to the bird with the fish was 'thats an osprey' - nice to with the consensus for a change!

What a great looking place.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Giga said...

A beautiful place to walk and so many wonderful birds can be seen. Beautiful everything shown in the pictures. Regards.

Jenn Jilks said...

Our wetland is frozen over!

Jeevan said...

Beautiful landscape and wetland for birding, and you got really nice shots and the hawk seems to hold some fish/prey under its claw!

Lowcarb team member said...

Fabulous photographs - my favourite is the flamingo's.

All the best Jan

Ian x said...

AS always, I have enjoyed Sonjia's bird pageant - the fish carrying bird can only be an Osprey.....I humbly suggest.

Also,it was good to read the reactions to Susan Price's Nennius and to know that so many have condemned the dictionary police who want to diminish a child's vocabulary.

Bone-headed functionaries are everywhere feverishly auditing the costs of everything - with no understanding of their value. We must resist wherever possible.......Amen

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