Posts Tagged ‘birds’


Parchal Stork City

In Algarve,Portugal on March 15, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Almost forget about this. A few days ago, after football on a very grey day in Parchal, near Portimão, I spotted several nests perched precariously on the tops of disused factory chimneys and lighting poles. How do they do it?



A nice day out yesterday!

In Albufeira on December 14, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

A bright sunny day, too much noise from a nearby building site plus my upstairs neighbours laying tiles, so I went first into town and then by bus to the Salgados lagoon and nature reserve. I have not been down there for a long time.

A few pictures of the main town beach around lunchtime yesterday. There were a few people taking a walk, I even saw a couple having a paddle in the shallow waves.

Recent rain has filled the lagoon to overflowing. Hundred of happy water birds were swimming around and hunting for creatures in the shallow water around the margins.

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My walk back was rather spoiled by the enormous amount of litter! People here are lazy, thoughtless, uncaring, stupid, I don’t know. They just throw plastic bottles, food containers and cigarette packets from car windows. It’s not possible to walk three steps along busy roads without seeing something that should not be there. Take it home and dispose properly you people! It’s a good job the majority of tourists don’t see this. If they did, they would not come back.

You might be wondering why the local council does not clear up this mess. So are we. Plenty of street cleaners in town where the tourists are, but out there?


Bye bye blackbird

In Pictures from England on July 6, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Well not quite. I cannot tell a blackbird from a crow, but anyway this specimen of a black member of the avian species was sat squawking above me at the cricket this afternoon. Stayed a couple of minutes, obviously didn’t think much of the game and flew off.

Some sense it had, the game petered out into a no-result draw, so I went down the pub.



Salgados lagoon is very dry 22nd June 2017

In Albufeira,Algarve on June 23, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

As you know, we have had no rain here now for several weeks. As a result, everywhere is dry and mostly brown. Water levels in the bird sanctuary at Salgados are very low. I took these pictures during the afternoon of Thurday 22nd June. Took the bike, got a flat tyre on the way back which pleased me not!

I don’t know whether the breach in the sand is intentional or just the action of the sea. It might have been necessary to drain stagnant water from the lagoon. Certainly, about half of it was almost dry, with the birds and some big fish concentrated down at the other end.

This one is looking towards the Salgados golf course