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, 6 Caspain Tern, 4 Penduline Tits, 2 Bluethroats, Cragg Martins, Marsh Harrier, Purple Swamphen, Flamingo, Avocet, Ruff, Blackwits, Glossy Ibis, White Storks, Black headed Weaver, Fan tailed Warblers, Shoveler, Pochard, Coot , Cattle Egret, Grey Herons, Cormorants, Common Sandpipers, Chiffchaffs and Hoopoe plus a rare Greenshank.
|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,