Portugal European football, champions, celebration with birds


This 10 July 2016 is called Portugal: Thousands go wild as Eder scores in Portugal-France Euro 2016 final.

Tonight, Portugal beat France, one goal against zero in extra time at the European football championship final in Saint Denis near Paris.

To celebrate this, this video about birds in Portugal.

This video is called Birdwatching in the Algarve.

Iceland 1-Portuguese favourites 1, celebration with birds


This football video is about Icelandic footballer Bjarnason’s goal in the Portugal vs Iceland 1-1 match at the Euro 2016 – 14/05/2016.

And it stayed one goal each. A success for Iceland, for the first time ever at European championships!

To celebrate, here this video about birds in Iceland.

The video says about itself:

Diverse bird habitats make Northeast Iceland the richest birding area in Iceland, in terms of number of species and abundance of birds. Nearly the entire European population of Barrow’s Goldeneye breeds here and nowhere else will you find higher density of the Gyr Falcon. The Northeast has the bulk of the Icelandic population of many species, such as Gadwall, Harlequin Duck, Common Scoter, Slavonian Grebe and Rock Ptarmigan.

And this video about birds in Portugal.

Homophobic misogynist Portuguese president sabotages parliament


This video says about itself:

Women on waves sailed to Portugal in 2004 but was stopped by the minister of defence who send a warship as he claimed it was a threat to national security.

Women on waves can help women outside territorial waters of countries where abortion is illegal with a safe and legal medical abortion.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Portugal: President vetoes reform of abortion and adoption law

Tuesday 26th January 2016

CONSERVATIVE President Anibal Cavaco Silva vetoed parliamentary Bills yesterday that would have granted full adoption rights to same-sex couples and removed abortion restrictions.

The president insisted that recently passed legislation granting gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexuals is a radical change requiring broader public consultation.

He says that parliament has failed to demonstrate that it is in the best interest of children.

The head of state is also blocking parliament’s decision to waive mandatory counselling for women seeking an abortion, claiming that such counselling is a common requirement in other European countries and eliminating it would diminish the right to information.

Presidential vetoes can be overturned by a two-thirds majority in parliament, but it is not immediately clear whether the Bills’ backers could muster that many votes.

Mr Cavaco Silva is coming to the end of his mandate and will be replaced by fellow rightwinger Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who romped home in Sunday’s presidential election, collecting more than half the votes against nine rivals.

The president-elect warned that he would use the largely ceremonial post to disrupt the Socialist Party government’s economic plans.

He will take up his duties in March, replacing Mr Cavaco Silva, who has served the maximum of two five-year terms.

The president has no executive power, but he has the power to dissolve parliament if he feels the country is going off track.

The Socialist minority government, which has pledged to reverse capitalist austerity, runs Portugal with the backing of the Communist Party and Left Bloc.

New bird atlas for Portugal


This is a video about sanderlings in Portugal.

From BirdLife:

BirdLife in Portugal publishes atlas of national seabirds

By Sanya Khetani-Shah, Tue, 17/11/2015 – 17:27

Compiling data from eight years of boat-based surveys, five years of coastal censuses, the national coastal bird count and a citizen science project, the Atlas of Marine Birds of Portugal is finally here to guide us through Portuguese waters, roughly one quarter of the European seas.

The atlas, prepared by SPEA (BirdLife in Portugal) and its partners, covers the entire national territory and the status of 65 marine species. For 50 ‘main’ species, the atlas gathers detailed factsheets on their distribution, movements and phenology, abundance and population trends, ecology and habitat and threats, and conservation through more than 500 modelling species distribution maps or by time of year and geographic region. Both the Madeira and Azores archipelagos are included in the maps.

This book also compiles information about the historical aspects of marine ornithology in Portugal and bird conservation, and presents a broad outline of the composition and dynamics of seabird communities and their breeding colonies in Portuguese territory.

This atlas is thus the most comprehensive compilation to date of data on the distribution and abundance of seabirds and shorebirds that use Portuguese waters. It is a considerable leap forward in our knowledge of European seabirds and helps plug our information gaps on life in our seas.

The whole interactive atlas is available online here. It’s also available for free download in two versions: high resolution and low resolution, although currently, it is only available in Portuguese.