Red-rumped swallows and little egret in Portugal


Wednesday, 11 April.

In the town of Cacela Velha in Portugal, there is not only poetry; and visual arts and architecture.

There are birds as well.

Red-rumped swallows on a wire. As we would find out later, they nest under a house’s balcony. Keep reading …

Little egret, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

At the edge of the salt marsh below the castle hill, a little egret.

A yellow-legged gull on a pole in the water.

As we go down to the beach, something special. On an old agave flower stem, two lesser spotted woodpeckers! Such a small bird, so good at hiding … it was decades ago that I last saw one. And now, two! They hammer on the agave flower stem like on a tree.

Sanderlings, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

Ten sanderlings land on the beach.

This is a video of sanderlings near Tavira.

A whimbrel.

Whimbrel, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

A house martin flying.

A grey plover on the beach.

Grey plover, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

This plover is starting to change from its winter plumage to its beautiful summer plumage.

Two grey plovers on the beach. A dunlin. Two Kentish plovers.

I hear bee-eaters call.

Also greenfinch and blackbird sounds from the dunes.

Two little terns dive bomb into the sea.

A great cormorant flies just above the water.

Turnstone, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

A turnstone.

Fiddler crabs.

Kentish and ringed plover.

In the coastal village, a male blackbird.

Blackbird, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

A corn bunting sings in the dunes.

A buzzard circles in the air.

Black-tailed godwits.

Back to the hilltop of Cacela Velha, where one can hear a hoopoe call.

The red-rumped swallows nest under a house’s balcony.

Red-rumped swallows, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

Often, they sit down on the house’s clothesline, happily mixing with the clothespins.

Red-rumped swallow, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

On a tree behind the clothesline, a corn bunting sings.

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