We went to visit Quinto do Lago as I heard that a Green Heron had been seen there over the past week or so and I was keen to catch up with it. My father got a few seconds view of it and I managed a leg as it faded into the reeds and we never saw it again, but as we searched the reeds this over wintering Little Bittern was a fine substitute
December 28, 2018
December 26, 2018
A glorious wetlands teaming with birdlife with easy access and a boardwalk along the southern end of the reedbeds.
The 1st hide is a disgrace but the 2nd gives great views from the west end.
Birding highlights seen here during 2 visits
Audouins Gull, Lesser black backed Gulls, Med Gulls, Caspain Terns, Penduline Tits, Bluethroats, Cragg Martins, Marsh Harrier, Purple Swamphen, Flamingo, Avocet, Ruff, Blackwits, Glossy Ibis, White Storks, Black headed Weaver, Fan tailed Warblers, Shovelar, Pochard, Coot , Cattle Egret, Grey Herons, Cormorants, Common Sandpipers, Chiffchaffs and Hoopoe plus others.
|Black winged Stilt|
|Black headed Weaver|
|Fan tailed Warbler|
December 24, 2018
Great views of Purple Swaphen at the 2nd hide ofVilamoura reedbeds.
Seen pulling up reeds and gnawing on the fresh roots.
We need a few of these back home at shannon airport lagoon to keep the reeds at bay from the encroachment.
Colours contrasts of this bird are awsome,
December 23, 2018
Waxbills ,Fan tailed Warblers and plenty of get away quick Passerines were along the red mud path in as was a splendid Booted Eagle perched in a tree
A few Thekla Lark, Mipits, Pied Wagtail and Stonechat were in the muddy field near to the 1st birdhide.
In the morning the 1st hide faces into the sun and is backlit. Purple Swamphen, Coot, Marsh Harrier, Little Grebe, Grey Heron and flitty Chiffchaffs were seen
The path carries on past some agriculture fields where Corn Buntings were numerous.
The 2nd hide gave us superb views of Purple Swamphen, Coot and Little Grebe but nothing else.
On route back a female Black headed Weaver showed up in the branches ( an ID nightmare)
|Black headed Weaver ( female)|