Friday, 25 September 2009

Tavira & Santa Luzia

A couple of hours late afternoon was all the birding we could manage today as we tried to catch up with other things. And even this was almost entirely from the car as we checked a few of the local sites around Tavira and Santa Luzia. Mostly we concentrated on the saltpans where salt harvesting is now in full swing and where hundreds of (Pied) Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits are gathering. We were particularly pleased to find 65 Stone-curlews, a total which may well be our highest ever in Tavira.

Away from the water, a Blue Rock Thrush was exactly where we expected it to be and a Northern Wheatear was also entirely predictable.

Northern Wheatear

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