Thursday, 29 March 2012

Last day in an urban paradise

Black-shouldered Kite (Stephen Daly)
Our final day in Portugal involved a round of sightseeing around the centre of Lisbon whilst watching swirling Pallid Swifts. It's interesting that I never realised that Pallid Swifts screams are in shorter bursts than their Common Swift cousins.

After lunch we visited Lisbon Gardens that lay within the shadow of the Vasco Da Gama Bridge. On the mudflats were several hundred Black-tailed Godwits along with a score of Bar-tails and quite a few Avocets. Distantly were legions of Greater Flamingoes. What a wonderland!

I'm now back in the UK stalking The Scrubs searching in vain for migrants. Any day now.......

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