A week of rather mixed weather has seen us staying mostly around the Tavira area, taking advantage of the sunny days (or more often half-days) to photograph some of the common birds. It's been exactly as forecast and we have been doing our best to dodge the showers.
Linnet - seldom more than a few seconds at the water.
Meadow Pipit - taking a bath.
European Goldfinch - content with just a drink.
Black Redstart - a spiffy male but a shame about the white wall!
Red Knot - well, more of a grey Knot really!
Bluethroat - this one scolding a cat that had intruded into its territory...
...and now looking pleased to have seen it off!
Common Sandpiper - also seemed to enjoy teasing the cat; hope it doesn't end in tears...
Common Redshank - waders often give the appearance of having only one leg; this bird does actually have only one, but seems to be managing OK.
Black-headed Gull - not only caught with its mouth open but also with its tongue sticking out!
Eurasian Spoonbill - one of the 'rare' unringed birds.
Common Stonechat - hard to resist when they perch like this one.
Slender-billed Gull - once considered a rarity in Portugal but can now be found here most days...
...their distictive feeding action makes them easy to pick out.