Well, of course we returned to Castro Marim but in spite of another very long walk we could find no sign of a Marsh Sandpiper or anything resembling one. Those who know Cerro do Bufo will not be surprised - it is a huge area of saltpans and impossible to cover completely. Still, we enjoyed searching and once again we were treated to lots of birds including numerous other Tringas - Common Redshanks, Spotted Redshanks, Greenshanks and Green Sandpipers, some of our very favourite species. We also flushed a Common Quail from beside the perimeter track and saw 24 Little Bustards. No doubt we will be back there again soon!
Meanwhile, we’ve been walking and driving the local patch: Tavira and Santa Luzia. Greater Flamingo numbers are now up to around 200 and there are almost as many Spoonbills. We improved our Stone-curlew count yesterday with a flock of 67 just down the road here and this morning we’ve seen 18 species of waders, plus Caspian Terns, Slender-billed and Audouin’s Gulls. A particular eye-catcher amongst the many Grey Plovers was this individual.