Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Join us for a seabird trip!

Very soon we'll be back in the Algarve and we're very much looking forward to the autumn migration period when we'll hope to see a rarity or two appear among the regular species.  Raptor passage, best experienced in the Sagres / Cabo de São Vicente, is a particular feature during September and October and we will also hope to spend some time with the ringing group from the UK who will be at Vilamoura for a week.  Remember last year they caught an Aquatic Warbler and the highlights of their previous years' mist-netting sessions have included Common Yellowthroat and Common Rosefinch.  Around the Ria Formosa or at Castro Marim, another North American wader would be nice, maybe a Least Sandpiper or a Solitary Sandpiper!

Cory's Shearwater

Autumn is also the time for seabird passage and we have arranged a boat trip from Fuseta for Friday, 4th October.  We plan to be out for about 2½ - 3 hours and we'll hope to see Shearwaters (Cory's, Great, Balearic and maybe Manx or Sooty), Skuas (Great, Pomarine and maybe more), European Storm-petrel, Gannets, various gulls and terns, etc.  Based on previous experience of similar trips and assuming good weather, there should be good opportunities for photography.  If you're interested in joining us, please contact us via our website for further details.

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