Thursday, 30 May 2013

The Alentejo, Portugal in late May

I really love the Alentejo Region of Portugal. Set between the Algarve in the south and Lisbon in the north, it really is a relatively undiscovered jewel. I was there for just two days for meetings sandwiched in between tons of birding.

Saw some great stuff including a Golden Eagle at its eyrie with two eaglets. It was amazing. The first Golden Eagle's nest I have ever seen. And as if that wasn't enough, I was taken to a secret location to see an Iberian Imperial Eagle's nest, again containing two eaglets. I felt so priviledged.

What a great birding region!
Black-winged Stilt
Hoopoe
Woodlark
A Crested Tit carrying food
TUB looking up!
Collared Pratincoles
Sanderling - an inland rarity
A drifting male Montagu's Harrier

2 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi David Yo were VERY priveledged at seeing the eagles adn chicks. That must have been a wonderful experience. Margaet

StourbridgeRantBoy said...

Had a couple of weeks birding over there recently, a week on the Tagus and a week around Castro Verde and Mertola. Did'nt see some of your more specialised stuff but i was on foot. Very impressed with the hay meadows and Bustards must be like stepping back between the wars over here. We had fantastic weather, good Med birding and friendly, laid-back people - particularly the farmers.

No "get off my land" here.......

ATB Laurie -