Sunday, 9 October 2016

Bird Ringing in Parque Ambiental de Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal. 27/09/2016

During our Algarve holiday we enjoyed a splendid days guided birding with June and Peter of

A visit to Parque Ambiental de Vilamoura was a real treat as a team of British Bird Ringers had arrived to ring the birds in the Parque. The birds were not at all distressed and were released very quickly after being weighed and rung etc! As we watched the ringing a Booted Eagle and Marsh Harrier passed overhead and the sun shone brightly!

A Spotted Flycatcher was perched in a tree close by us and was unsuccessfully trying to catch the Monarch Butterfly that was chancing it luck by repeatedly flying in the vicinity of the Flycatcher and a Swallowtail was also a welcome sighting though it did not hang around to tease the Flycatcher!

A few images taken on an interesting and informative morning with the friendly and welcoming British Ringers.

                                                  Black-headed Weaver               

   I believe I have named these two Warblers correctly.   ;-)                                           

Willow Warbler

Common Waxbill

Pied Flycatcher

Sardinian Warbler



                                                      Subalpine Warbler

                                                 Zitting Cisticola

                                                    Spotted Flycatcher


                                                 Lesser Emperor Dragonfly

Emperor Dragonfly

                                                         Booted Eagle


  1. That zitting thing is a tiny tiny bird! NEver heard of such a species. The photographs are lovely.

    1. Thank you Si!

      By the way you may know that ' Zitting thing ' by the name of Fan-tailed Warbler? :-)

  2. Wow, these are an amazing set of close up pics, good to hear the birds were released quickly, I do think some are trapped too often at times.

  3. I know bird ringing is not for everyone Ruth.

    Thank you for your kind comments on my images.:-)