The male Bluethroat. Luscinia svecica.
The white spotted race ( Cyanecula) can be seen in central and southern Europe ( that's the white spot on the throat.)
Because he was running so fast, these indifferent shots were the best of a blurry bunch. Pity I did not do it justice because his electric blue breast is beautiful, however unlike the male, most females lack the blue.
Sharing how difficult it is at times to spot birds in this kind of landscape.
A Stonechat perched on top of the reeds.
After a long dry summer, the water level was very low.
I'm not sure about the ID of these birds , perhaps young flamingos, but they were surrounded by Grey Herons, which was puzzling!
These are all views taken from a long way away.
I wish this shot had been a little nearer. I think it's either a Hawk or a Harrier, but I 'm not sure!
Spoonbills and Herons.
Cormorants were plentiful.
We saw many Flamingos. All these shots were taken in December 2017.
The Zitting Cisticola
Although the Zitting Cisticola is not rare in the Algarve, it is uncommon in the north of Portugal, and absent from most of europe.
Do you see the tiny Cattle Egrets!