I've just enjoyed an enjoyable couple of weeks in the Algarve on a family holiday. We stayed at Villamoura, a good central spot and a nice place for the family to stay - beaches, golf, touristy things, good food and a super little nature reserve which I patched hard.
Over the week this small reserve produced Little Bustard, Red-necked Nightjar, Black-shouldered Kite, Black headed Weaver, Little Bitterns, Night Herons, Feruginous Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Orphean Warbler, Azure winged Magpie as well as all the usual southern European stuff.
Offshore produced Cory's and Great Shearwater, Strorm Petrels and a single Wilson's Petrel.
White Storks everywhere!
Azure winged Magpie a pest
Beeaters in good numbers - one morning saw a flock of nearly 100!
Black headed Weaver - an exotic breeder with loads of there amazing hanging nests.
Black shouldered Kites frequent the nature reserve
Purple Gallinules show well from the hides here
Great to see Quails so well aznd not just a distant call!
Common Waxbills give a touch of the exotic in the reedbeds.