Archive for December, 2008

Sardinian Warbler (Silvia melanocephala)

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Sardinian Warbler (Silvia melanocephala) 20081217, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

The Quinta’s garden was designed to attract birds, and we’re able to leave a lot of the fruit we grow on the trees, which attracts a varied and increasing number of species.
This is a Sardinian Warbler, (one of a flock of 5 in the same tree), I snapped this evening just as the sun went down, stocking up on pomegranate seeds before roosting for the night …

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalus caudatus)

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalus caudatus) 20081217, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

…. and here’s a southern Iberian Long-tailed Tit, which love the olives we leave on the trees around the Quinta.

Cabbage

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Cabbage 20081212_2045, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Sometimes the simplest things just make the most startling photos … Waiting for the children to come out of school yesterday, the sun just dipped below the clouds and picked out this cabbage with its last rays. It seemed a pity not to share it.

Common Waxbills

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Common Waxbills 20081212_2038 copy, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Flocks of Common Waxbills very, well, common really right now! They seem to form flocks separated by age, with juveniles keeping to themselves. I always check them to see if there are any black beaks in red-beaked flocks and vice versa but never seem to find any ….

Iberian Magpie

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Iberian Magpie 20081212_2037 copy, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

A quick snap of an Iberian Magpie in flight; I love the way they fan their tales. One day maybe I’ll get a better shot than this though!

Chiffchaff

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Chiffchaff 20081212_2034 copy, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Had time on my hands yesterday waiting to pick the kids up from school and managed to bag this little critter right out in the open. Fantastic feeling to at last get one like this instead of the usual “blur in a bush”!

Fungi dinner

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

20081206_2027, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

And then Daniela transformed our days pickings into the starter for dinner, Wood Blewit and Chanterelle Pasties …. Delicious!

Sunset over the lake

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Sunset over the lake, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

We had one of these this evening … ’nuff said really.
Lovely thing about living here is that you get these and also get to meet amazing people like Carlos last weekend - here’s his blog http://www.vai5.blogspot.com/ …. I never thought my first pictures on someone else’s blog would be from the old days despatching in London …. aaahhhh! “Those were the days my friends ….”

Fungi - what is this?

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Fungi 20081206_0550, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Y’know some of the things you see in the woods are stunning; this fungi I can’t find in any of my books - any suggestions?

Fungi collecting

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

20081206_2018, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Getting down to the Meaning of Life on the walk