Saturday, 8 September 2012

Eastern Algarve Birding - 30/8 to 6/9 - Part 2

So after a tad of luncheon - bread/cheese/olives/tomatoes all taste 100 times better in the sun (and half the price) - it was off to Santa Lucia's Barril beach, with shallow and warm seas and dunes and arrid habitat to the rear:
Lured by the sound of a lark, I took up sentry over the ground above, but whilst the little blighters rose and flew they soon used the cover of the curry plants and disappeared.  But whilst scanning the bushes, a flash of white and a aided by bins, and the sun in the right direction, an adult Woodchat Shrike.  The best shot as I 'crept' barefoot ever closer was:
 On the walk to the car park - 1/2 a mile or so through the dunes - another juvenile:
 And this Melodious Warbler (thanks, Guv for the i/d):
And then some more:
Before close of play on day 1, a nice Med Gull, other waders already described and the ubiquitous Whimbrels.

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