Prior to the holiday I had booked a day with birding tour guides June Taylor and Peter Dedicoat: http://www.algarvebirders.com/
Once again we had a fantastic day's birding with them. Our previous day out with them had been in 2013 to Doñana in Spain, this time we headed to the North of the Algarve to the Baixo Alentejo. http://www.algarvebirders.com/section162590_48969.html
A few pics of a wonderful day in the Alentejo!
Great Spotted Cuckoo
We saw several G S Cuckoo's during the day!
Southern Grey Shrike
The best views we have ever had of this species.
The Spanish Sparrows very often nest in White Storks nests.
The absolute highlight of the whole day and holiday was seeing c130 Great and Little Bustards during the day at various locations in the Alentejo.
Whilst watching a flock of 30+ ambling about they suddenly took flight! The reason being an adult Spanish Imperial Eagle had arrived on the scene and was later joined by an immature Spanish Imperial Eagle! They were soon to be mobbed by a Common Buzzard and a Red Kite!
Sorry, no pics! What a sight to see, too good to miss by taking a photo, to be honest I was enjoying the few minutes we had them all in view too much to even think of a photo! Black-bellied Sandgrouse also took to the air whilst the Eagles were around.
To be continued: