Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category

Little-Owl-(Athena-noctua)-20090609

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Little-Owl-(Athena-noctua)-20090609, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

I wasn’t going to put this picture up on this blog …. I posted it on my birding blog and was going to leave it at that … I mean I see these Little Owls every other day, they’re not that special, but ever since I put it up on to my Flickr Photostream I’ve been inundated with comments so hey, what the heck, if it’s that good I’ll post it here as well! I hope you enjoy it!

Red-rumped-Swallow-20090507

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Red-rumped-Swallow-20090507, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

It seems ages since I wrote the last entry in this blog – it all goes to show that there’s no rest for the wicked I suppose! So what’s been happening?
Well, the sun’s been shining and most days recently I seem to have been out there guiding and birding - and when I haven’t been doing that I’ve been trying to catch up with the paperwork that always goes on behind the scenes.
Now I’m not going to bore anyone with the ins and outs of the paperwork, (which just seems to get more tedious, involved and threatening every day – the latest gem is a threat from our local authority to fine any business that doesn’t comply with the latest State grab for more money with a fine of two and a half million euros!), as the photos below make up for all the days we have to spend doing it. They were all taken during the last couple of weeks during which time the Quinta’s been lucky enough to play host to some far better photographers than I’ll ever be, but these are my offerings; some of them are colourful, some of them not, some of them interesting to the general public, and some of them interesting only to those of us who get a thrill from distinguishing one little brown bird from another! The one above is of course of one of my favourite species, a Red-rumped Swallow. They were picking up nesting material from the petrol station forecourt in Santa Clara, so it was a nice easy shot to make – comfortable too, sitting in the bar with a drink by my elbow!

Wood-Lark-20090504

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Wood-Lark-20090504, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Pure luck to have been in the right place at the right time again but this is one of my favourites. Not often that one’s able to get a record this sharp …. I think I’m proudest of this shot than of pretty well any other I’ve taken during the last few months!

Short-toed-Lark-20090504

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Short-toed-Lark-20090504, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

A rather boring LBJ but one that it’s difficult to find and get a good shot of so I was pleased with this.

Rock-Bunting-20090506

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Rock-Bunting-20090506, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

I adore Rock Buntings and we’re lucky enough to have them nesting in the garden – so why did I feel it was necessary to trek to the top of a mountain for this shot? No reason really, the shot was there and sometimes one simply doesn’t see the beauty we have on our own doorstep ….

Melodious-Warbler-20090507

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Melodious-Warbler-20090507, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

This is a species that a lot of people like to see when they come to the Quinta. They arrive back late from migration, typically getting in during the first week in May, one of our last arrivals, but they make their prescence felt from day 1 by singing from any available perch.

Linnet-20090506

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Linnet-20090506, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Friends and family will know of my quest for a decent shot of a male Linnet in breeding plumage …. Well, this shot’ll do for the present and I’ll keep trying for that one I know is waiting for me somewhere!

Kingfisher-20090511

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Kingfisher-20090511, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Another shot that I’ve been longing to take – I just must get closer next time and wait, wait, wait …..

Corn-Bunting-20090504

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Corn-Bunting-20090504, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

It’s funny how one’s always learning; I see these birds every day – I mean EVERY day – and always thought they were seed eaters and nothing else …. until I took this photo!

Nuthatch-at-nest

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Nuthatch-at-nest-20090424, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

This is the photo I’ve been longing to take. I love the way that the Nuthatch uses old Woodpecker nests, reducing the size of the entrance hole with mud to prevent larger birds raiding its nest, as in this picture. I’ve been keeping a special look out for one, and today, while Daniela and I were doing a Common Birds Census for SPEA, the Portuguese Bird Study Association, I had my chance and grabbed it!