Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Tavira images....13th - 20th June 2013

As I mentioned in my previous post the hotel was conveniently situated by Salinas (salt pans). Several hours could have been spent walking around the salinas but the hot temperatures of the first few days of the holiday put paid to walking no more than a couple of hours. An Autumn/Winter visit to Tavira would be an ideal time of year for longer exploration of the salinas.

Species regularly seen on and around the salinas.
Black-winged Stilt

Greater Flamingos

Little Tern

Little Egret
Kentish Plover

Zitting Cisticola


Black-tailed Godwit and Avocets



Slender-billed Gull

Yellow Wagtail
Over the border to Spain, in the Doñana area. 
Nesting White Storks were a lovely sight  to see, especially the ones in the following image! It was surprising to see that on some posts/poles they were occupied by 2 or even 3 nests!
Purple Heron
(Black-crowned) Night Heron

Short-toed Eagle

Glossy Ibises, Cattle Egrets with smaller numbers of Little Egrets, Squacco Herons, Little Bitterns and (Black-crowned) Night Herons. A few Purple Herons were also viewed feeding their young. There were many more trees and shrubs behind and alongside the ones in the images that were almost dripping with the named bird species! Standing room only!
This spectacle was amazing, to see such special birds in such good numbers was very, very special!

Glossy Ibis roost.
Whiskered Terns

Corn Bunting
Cattle enjoying a drink!

Cattle Egrets enjoying a lift!
 Quinta do Lago
Azure-winged Magpie
Crested Lark
Little Grebe chicks!

Views of the Ria Formosa from Cacela Velha.

Gilão River

Colourful fresh fruit and vegetables in the market! Fish stalls with all shapes and sizes of fish plus delicious looking Honey and preserves were popular stalls in the market.

One of the picturesque squares to relax in and watch the world go by whilst eating a cooling ice cream!

This 'Street Artiste' was very good! In his left hand he held (hidden) a tub of bubbles and wand, when anybody gave him a few cents or if he was lucky euros he would blow a few bubbles and then blow a kiss! So funny!

Bits and bobs!
I saw more Collared Doves in Tavira in one week than I have seen of them in a couple of years in the UK!
Ipomea (Morning Glory)

Many fine specimens of this tree were a delight to see!

My final photo is 'The one that got away'!
Can you see what 'got away'?
Thank you for viewing.



  1. Hi again Pam.
    Thanks for your kind comments about my Middleton post and for identifying the damselfly for me. Your trip to the Algarve and your pop over to Spain looks great. Some great birds seen and great photos.
    We are off to Lincolnshire for an Airshow this weekend, but fitting in a visit to Frampton Marshes, so another post will pop up next week.


    1. Many thanks Tom! Enjoy Lincolnshire!

  2. Wonderful photo's to view Pam,I really enjoyed being warmed up by all that sunshine and blue skies (it's like autumn here today!) The only similarity is that I live in a salt bed too!!! lol

    Love the tree roosts & the amazing views......and yes I did spot the disappearing Hoopoe!!

    1. Thanks for your kind comments Ruth!

      I daresay you would not enjoy too much heat in your salt bed. ;-) I can see now why you are a regular visitor to Marbury Country Park.lol!

      Glad you spotted the Hoopoe! It was the only one I saw perched and you can see the resulting photo yourself.lol!