Little terns and linnets in Portugal

Sunday, 8 April.

After yesterday, our second full day in Tavira.

This is a video about Ria Formosa Natural Park near Tavira.

The Ria Formosa park is famous for its birdlife.

This morning,near the first salt pan: a crested lark.

Common sandpiper, Tavira, 8 April 2012

A common sandpiper.

Three avocets and two black-winged stilts.

Five dunlins.

In the orchard, European serin singing.

Collared pigeons on a wire.

Near the small pool, a yellow wagtail. In the water, a dunlin.

A hoopoe calls.

Near the muddy creek, three dunlins and a Kentish plover.

Curlew sandpipers, Tavira, 8 April 2012

A mixed flock of dunlins and curlew sandpipers.

A collared pratincole, calling.

Spotted redshank, Tavira, 8 February 2012

A spotted redshank, feeding.

A spoonbill, and a little egret.

Grey plovers.

A turnstone.

Pied wagtail, Tavira, 8 April 2012

Near a ruined salt pan building, a pied wagtail.

A yellow-legged gull stands near a creek.

Two slender-billed gulls flying.

Six bee-eaters flying.

A goldfinch sits down on a flowering plant.

A corn bunting on a wire sings.

In the salt pans near Santa Luzia village, two shelducks swim.

Two black-winged stilts mate.

A flock of dunlins and ringed plovers.

On the bank of the sound separating the continent from Tavira island, fiddler crabs.

On a sandbank, oystercatchers.

A little tern hovers. Then, it dive bombs into the salt marsh water and catches a tiny fish.

A male and a female linnet feeding on a thistle.

As we walk back, a greenfinch in the orchard.

An antlion pitfall in the sandy footpath.

Sanderlings and curlew sandpipers in salt pans close to Tavira.


Portuguese architecture and house martin nests

7 April 2012.

After our morning around the salt pans of Tavira, Portugal, in the afternoon we went to the old town centre and its surroundings.

Tavira is an old town. One of its bridges across the river was originally built in Roman times.

Roman bridge, Tavira, 7 April 2012

Along the Gilão river, Tavira, 7 April 2012

In the river, lesser black-backed gulls swim.

On a tall TV mast are two inhabited white stork nests.

The medieval center is not along the Gilão river, but on a rocky hill above the floodplain.

That old centre has a town wall, a medieval castle and many ancient churches.

Old church, Tavira medieval centre, 7 April 2012

From a tree in a square, a European serin sings.

House martin nests, Tavira, 7 April 2012

There is not only human architecture in Tavira. House martins have built their nests under an old building’s windows.