Although we quickly alerted birders in the Algarve about the Long-tailed Duck there have been no reports of anyone going to look for it let alone anyone seeing it. Considering that this is the first of this species in the Algarve since the one that we found at Castro Marim in 2007, this is a bit surprising but it is an indication of the level of birding activity here, particularly in the winter.
Long-tailed Duck, Odiáxere, Algarve, 18/01/2013 (P & S Hudson)
This morning while we were out surveying one of our squares for SPEA's Atlas of Wintering and Migratory Birds, we received a call from our friend Filipe Moniz to say that there was a Long-tailed Duck at Castro Marim, close to the Visitor Centre. We were a half hour’s walk away from the car but then only a 7km drive away from where he was watching the bird so, of course, we went.
Long-tailed Duck, Castro Marim, Algarve, 30/01/2013 (Algarve Birders)
So now we’re wondering whether this is the same bird seen by the Hudsons that has moved along the coast or whether it’s a second one. Looking at the two photographs, we’re inclined to think that two birds are involved. What do you think? It’s just possible that someone could settle the issue by going to Odiáxere!