Ruddy Turnstone

Whilst the English name is incredibly descriptive; they are ruddy in colour and they do turn over stones, I think I prefer their Portuguese name  – Rola do Mar  – which means Turtledove of the Sea. They are a common bird on the Ria Formosa shores and whilst there are larger numbers in the migratory […]

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Not every day is a sunny day

But even on grey days there is beauty and colour to behold, and of course Algarvian grey days are nothing like English grey days (thank goodness!!). Yesterday we, as we have on previous grey days for some reason, headed for Marim, a small hamlet east of Olhão. It once was a railway halt, the building […]

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To the wading bird . . . .

 …….I give you in anticipation of our arrival in Olhão tomorrow a Haiku written by Cheryl B Sellers. Can’t wait to see you all. graceful beak immersed long legs stir up pond water yielding dark larder

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Karma Chameleon in the Algarve

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Originally posted on NavasolaNature:
We spent some final days of a September summer in the Algarve. One walk, before my daughter flew back to the UK from Faro, was around the nature reserve just east of Olhao. We had visited this place some years ago and seen plenty of birds on the salt marshes and…

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