Archive for April, 2013

One of my favourite species!

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Collared Pratincole-5282, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

The Quinta is running on “Bird Power” at the moment and I never seem to be at home, but the benefits are obvious when one gets to see beautiful species like this gorgeous Collared Pratincole we were lucky enough to be pointed towards by a friend this morning.
There’re loads more pictures and all the latest news about the natural world nearby on my birding site if you want to take a look.

Vipers Buglos, Erouca and Cork Oaks 6753

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Vipers Buglos, Erouca and Cork Oaks 6753, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

It’s a busy, busy, busy time here right now with Spring in full blast and flowers everywhere as you can see from the photo above and the two below.
I seem to be out birding every day starting at silly o’clock, but I never get bored of seeing sites like these and with the birds showing brilliantly as well and nearly all back from migration it’s never dull! There’s only two species that haven’t got in yet as far as I can tell, Golden Orioles and Melodious Warblers, but they’re both due any day now … the Rollers got in a few days ago and I’ve already been able to get a beautiful shot of one in flight which I’ll post on my birding site - so if you can’t get down here to see them in person and want to see the brilliant blues that they only show in flight, that’s the place to go!

Vipers Buglos and Camomile Daisies 6749

Saturday, April 20th, 2013


Vipers Buglos and Camomile Daisies 6749, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Lupins and Windmill 6734-2

Saturday, April 20th, 2013


Lupins and Windmill 6734-2, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

New Terrace and Covered walkway-6740

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

New Terrace and Covered walkway-6740, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

In my last blag sometime in january i mentioned that we were having a lovely damp period … well, it can stop now …. PLEASE, OK? It just doesn’t seem to have stopped for the last six weeks or so …
Now, for us that live out here full time that’s OK, and even better for those of us who have the good fortune to live actually at the Quinta as we see the lake filling up, but it’s as near as dammit full now and it’s starting to interfere with our birding programs so, as I said before, please stop now.
As well as the lake filling up beautifully, Spring this year is going to be stunning and the flowers are out in force, and I’ve posted up a stunning picture of a wild flower meadow on my birding site if you want to take a look. The picture at the top of this post is of our new terrace and covered walkway - which has really come into its own with the weather we’ve been having recently!