Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category

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!

Greta-Spotted-Cuckoo

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Greta-Spotted-Cuckoo-20090420_3675, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

This is one of my favourite species, (and there are some mating-action shots on my birding blog if you want to see them!). A pity that my typing isn’t as good as my camera and that I spelt its name wrong ….

Zitting-Cisticola

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Zitting-Cisticola-20090315_2754, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Most of my photos to do with birding I post onto my birding blog, but this was such a nice shot of a Zitting Cisticola collecting nesting material that I thought I’d post it here too.

Red-rumped-Swallow

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Red-rumped-Swallow-20090309_2690, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Fresh back from Africa, I found this Red-rumped Swallow preening itself just outside Santa Clara while taking the children to school a few days ago …. OK, it has nothing to do with the Quinta, but they’re one of my favourite species and I hope that they breed again with us this year. I s’pose this picture is pure self indulgence - I just want to be able to see it when I next open this blog!

Gt-Bustards

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Gt-Bustards-20090310_2711, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Black-bellied-Sandgrouse

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Black-bellied-Sandgrouse-20090310_2698, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

The two pictures above were taken a few days ago when I grabbed a day off with Daniela and Carolina; and where did we go ….? To the Plains of course!
We saw some wonderful birds but I thought I’d just tickle your fancy with the above two piccies of two of our flagship species around here.
The flock of Sandgrouse we counted at 31, which shows improvement and the Gt Bustards, 47, ditto. Fantastic to see them both increasing in numbers even if they are being squeezed as regards habitat. Hard work by a lot of people; so sad then to hear that the male Spanish Imperial Eagle in the area, who bred successfully last year, was found shot two weeks ago ….

Black-winged-Kite-(Elanus-caeruleus)

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Black-winged-Kite-(Elanus-caeruleus)-20090228, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

I’m blown over by this picture. Lovely to get a decent photo of this rare species at last!

Black-winged-Kite-2

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Black-winged-Kite-2-20090228, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Black-winged-Kite-3

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Black-winged-Kite-3-20090228, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Black-winged-Kite-4

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Black-winged-Kite-4-20090228, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.