BIRDS OF SOUTHERN PORTUGAL, April 2018
Yet another (family) holiday in the Algarve Region (Ria Formosa Reserve) of Portugal, this time between 12 and 19 April 2018. Unfortunately the first day was a complete washout and we did not do as much birding as we have in the past.
There were no new species found. Of the forty four species photographed, photos taken of six of those species were deemed by the editor (me) to be unfit. One of each, prefaced by ‘z’, is at the end of the gallery. They are purely there for record purposes – i.e. to show I saw them.
As usual the photos will be deleted or added to more permanent galleries in a few months. Mostly there was little exciting to report. I shall, however, mention just a few species in case they are of interest:
1. There were a few Greater Flamingos around. Most, except one adult, were juveniles. It is possible that these birds did not migrate. In some years they do not.
2. Spoonbills were plentiful - those with black markings on their wings being juveniles.
3. The Sanderlings shown are also juveniles.
4. Great Crested Grebes prepare for courtship display.
5. Black-winged Stilts were showing but at the time there didn’t seem to be any nests – perhaps because of the very heavy rainfall.
6. I haven’t seen much of the Woodchat Shrike lately - a winter migrant. A pleasant change, even if the photos could be better e.g. like those in the gallery ‘Birds of S Portugal’ [and SW Spain]
7. Sardinian Warbler common and will ‘pose’ for photos.
8. Black-headed Weaver now well established – normally it makes nest with reeds.
9. Whimbrel is also helpful to the photographer – its size being a factor.
10. The male Iberian Yellow Wagtail (iberiae) has a white throat/face. It is distinguished from those in Britain (flavissima) [yellow throat/face] and Central Europe (flava) [yellow throat] which make the odd visit.
- mixed birds 01
- mixed birds 02
- mixed birds 03
Chiffchaff, Iberian 01
Chiffchaff, Iberian 02
Chiffchaff, Iberian 03
Chiffchaff, Iberian 04
Chiffchaff, Iberian 05
Dove, Collared 01
© David Rayner Photography