Dawn sees us on the harbour at Fuseta
A look over the saltmarsh, while waiting for the 08.00 hours Pelagic departure
This Pelagic is in a fast motor boat, which was taking us out to hopefully see 'ocean birds', the Shearwaters and Petrels feeding near working fishing trawlers. No chumming.
We meet up with Georg our guide, the man who sets these Pelagic trips all up.
Also on this trip is Frederico and his wife.
Fast motor boat straight out towards the first fishing boat,
Great Shearwater, lots, close in
Wilson's Storm-petrels, distant
European Storm-petrels, distant
Great Skua, 1 flew by
Georg is 'absolutely brilliant', georg gives you a superb breakdown on identification detail of different shearwaters, his knowledge and the way he describes habit and detail was a stunning lecture from the 'schoolteacher', he is the 'Algarve Bird Man'
we visit several different fishing boats, time passes to quick, so much to take in
Coming back from sea we went into shallow tidal areas where people were working on shellfish beds.
Sand Martin, House Martin and Swallow
Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher
Unfortunately, my photography at sea is 'hit and miss', moving boat going up and down makes it very difficult for me ! Poor excuse !
This trip was a huge success, Frederico was very good company and decided to join up with us for the Friday 8 hour Pelagic.
We had coffee after the trip, Georg gave us references on our maps of places of interest and where to go for all the different habitat, what possible to see, all this information was basically where we were going !
Obrigado Georg, we will see you on Friday.
We make our way to Quinto da Lago, bit posh here, golf course, reed bed, sandy scrub and saltmarsh.
Cattle Egret, 40 +
Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Collared Dove
Mallard, Coot, Pochard, Shovellor, Gadwell, Moorhen, Little Grebe and Great Crested Grebe
About 17.00 hours we moved to Dunas Doradas
here we saw
Yellow Legged Gull, a poor looking specimen, he did not look well !
Common, Sandwich and Little Tern
Spotted Flycathers, 8+
The day finishes at Sunset, what a day !
Birds seen today 34 birds species
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