October 15, 2018

Ria Formosa Portugal. Part 4. The Boardwalk

From where I was staying at Praia de Faro to get to the Ludo I had to walk the mile long boardwalk that crosses over the tidal flats.
Spoonbills, White Storks , Little Egrets ,Redshank were always on show, a few Caspain Tern and a Little Tern were also seen from here



Caspain Tern




October 13, 2018

Ria Formosa Portugal. Part 3 . Quinto de Eucalypto

As you walk though the Quinto de Ludo its joins upto the Quinto de Eucalypto , a forest of Eucalyptus and Pine. The feeling was very Australian but the sounds were different.
Out in a clearing I could see a Black winged Kite sitting on a high post, Booted Eagles soared overhead calling. Gangs of Azure winged Magpie, Jays, Spottless Starlings were also seen.

Azure winged Magpie

Booted Eagle

Black winged Kite


Spotless Starling


Ria Formosa Portugal. Part 2 . Quinto de Ludo

Early up and only a mile walk over the boardwalk that crosses the wetlands and I was was into Quinto de Ludo,
25` with a good wind to keep cool.
This wetland area is amazing for birdlife and a birding paradise
Greater Flamingo , Black winged Stilt,  Avocet,  Black tailed Godwit, and  Kingfisher, were in the shallow lagoons
Zitting Cistocola, Sardinian Warbler, Common Waxbill and a Bluethroat were seen in the scrub areas and edges
Osprey and Booted Eagle were distant


Greater Flamingos
Black winged Stilt




Avocet



Sardinian Warbler

Common Waxbill

Zitting Cistacola
Bluethroat

Booted Eagle


Ria Formosa Portugal . Part 1 . Praia de Faro


I took a short 2 day break in the Ria Formosa wetland area south of Faro Portugal.
2 days of Birdwatching and walking the national park area.
Good old Ryan Air making it possible for under 80 quid return.



Arriving midday with 28` weather and check in at 2pm I stayed local and walked the beach area around where I was staying.
My 1st bird was a Kentish Plover  just along the beach where I was staying also along the beach Crested Lark , Med Gull and Yellow legged Gulls were common sight ,a Corys Shearwater was further up the beach feeding with Gulls only 5 metres from shore, but as I was trekking up it flew off.






October 6, 2018

The Falcons of Loop

With plenty of Merlins, Peregrine Falcons and Sparrowhawks about at Loop Head , the chance of anything living to see might just set a challenge.



The Loop Head pair of Peregrine Falcons bonding high over their land


Sabines Gull - kilbaha coast

After a morning walking Loop head and Kilbaha gardens and the tide on the high it was time to check the sea to try and find The Bonapartes Gull seen a week earlier.
Seek and you shall find!
I was going through the Gulls on the Kilbaha coastline till I came across this Adult Sabines Gull that was with a small mixed flock of Gulls feeding on Kelp fly soup the cove backwash was mixing up






September 25, 2018

AGP on the Loop

Down in the Fodry at Loop Head on a windy showery morning can sometimes not be the best place to be.
 Plenty of Choughs ,Skylark and a few Wheatear about, but it took a while to find the Plovers.(deja vu).
The calls came as the Golden Plovers came to the Fodry from around the north of the hill.
They came down a few fields over so I trudged my way across the land to get some views.
The American Golden Plover was with them.




American Golden Plover ( furthest left) with Golden Plovers