Nightingales beside the Rio Séqua

Nightingales, despite their name, don’t just sing at night. In late spring and early summer we have heard them during the daytime on a couple of walks in the east Algarve. Their song is loud, and has an array of whistles, trills and even gurgles. Spotting them however is not as easy. They are an elusive bird preferring to hide in dense vegetation. It was therefore with immense joy that I spied one in the middle of a bush beside the Rio Séqua in the middle of Tavira.

I even managed to take a photograph, although as you can see it is not the best birding shot. The bush was incredibly dense!

Luscinia megarhynchos

However I have photographic proof I have seen a nightingale, and this image compare I thought a great experiment for Jude’s B&W nature challenge today. I do hope one day to see a nightingale (rouxinol-comum in Portuguese) more clearly, but in the meantime I will cherish this memory. By the way this is not the time of year to see them in Europe, as they are a migratory bird so currently in warmer climates to the south. They won’t return from Africa until late March/early April.

Author: BeckyB

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    1. Thanks Debbie 🙂
      I’m finding it really interesting as to what works in image compare.
      You’ll have to join Margaret in Berkley Square one spring to listen out for nightingales!

  1. I didn’t believe they exist either. Never seen one nor knowingly heard one, so thank you for proving me wrong. Lovely capture with the beak open so we know it is singing 🎶

    1. Still can’t believe I saw it, we heard it first. Poor MrB didn’t see it as his side of the bush too dense! If you fancy listening to ones I heard in the countryside follow the links in the first paragraph xxxx

  2. Well done in continuing and come spring,lockdowns permitting,Tavira here we come!
    In Olhao,the devastation continues,with the waterfront dug up from west to east,trees lopped or cut down,and pollution worse.
    Despite all of this,last group of swallows flew through 2 weeks ago,and the storks and kestrels are showing great interest in their nests.
    Flamingos plentiful,and some spoonbills still,while the flocks of various waders are arriving all the time.
    Covid has really arrived in the Algarve,in the last weeks,coincidently 10 days after the 27,000 crowd for the F1 near Portamao.
    Keep safe and early compliments of the season.

    1. Yes fingers crossed by Spring covid19 is behind us 🙂
      That’s great news about the flamingos, swallows and kestrels, but oh no about the waterfront. That’s dreadful. Is this part of the park improvement or plans to build more on the salt pans?

  3. Oh how brilliant. I have never knowingly seen a nightingale. I am however willing to believe they exist, unlike kingfishers which are obviously the stuff of myth and legend. Great entry for Jude’s challenge. She should be pleased!

    1. They are very brown with hardly any markings so definitely a bird that most of us have never knowingly seen! Have you heard them – the two posts I linked to in first paragraph both have my recordings

    2. Like you, I have never knowingly seen a nightingale, Margaret, but many years ago, I recall being told “that’s a nightingale” when a bird was singing, so they do exist

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