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.


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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.

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.




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.




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