Whilst I still wait for the travel restrictions to ease so that I can take my “big lens” to Lisbon to be repaired (Read more about the disaster!), I have been going through some past sessions of Bee-Eaters. Here is a photo of a male (a lot of brown colouring on the wing is the giveaway) that I photographed in 2018. I will be investigating this location soon as I’m not sure that the colony is still nesting at this location.
Hopefully, the lens will be fixed soon and I’ll be back with more sessions like this!
Early this morning we had a thick fog and as it started to clear the warmth of the sun was good enough for me to wander around the garden eating my breakfast cereal. In the distance I could hear European Bee-Eaters and before I could blink a large group of between 25 and 30 of them appeared out of the fog. Almost dropping my bowl as I ran to the house to grab the camera, I was lucky that they decided to perch on a nearby electricity cable and stop to hunt for their breakfast. Photos aren’t my usual close-ups (see some past photos at the end) as I was still some distance away and of course the clearing fog didn’t help.
If you live in the Algarve and didn’t stay in bed all day then you will have witnessed the sand and dust cloud blown over from the African deserts today. For those that are not in the Algarve and haven’t witnessed these, it’s not pleasant, everything gets covered in sand and if you have a respiratory issue, it’s very uncomfortable. The only thing worse is a sandstorm and I’ve witnessed one of those in Qatar, they hurt, a lot!
Anyway, the cloud and dust seems to be clearing now, but there was still enough in the sky at sunset to create a real diffusion of the suns rays and it almost looked like it was the moon rather than the sun.
If you have travelled to the Middle East, these sunsets are very common due to the dust in the sky.
First of all, I spotted my first European Bee-Eater of 2021 today, I heard them yesterday, but this morning a large group came through my area, I have also heard them in a usual location that I will be investigating soon.
The birdlife this year has been great around the Quinta, particularly the smaller birds and whilst I was having an afternoon chilling in the garden, I could hear Crested Tits calling to each other. It has been a strange day and although the Golden Hour was approaching (the great light before sunset and after sunrise) a deep haze filled the sky so not great for photography.
However, I couldn’t help but grab the camera, as you can see, I even managed to get a shot of a male “courtship feeding” a female a caterpillar.
Sometimes it’s great to go over old photos and process ones that you never got around to doing. In a bizarre train of thought, I was talking to a lady who wants to attend a Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop once they are back up and running and she told me that she was photographing Flamingos near Faro. It had also been foggy here in the Algarve hills that morning and it reminded me of this photo I shot back in 2019. So I dug it out and processed it.
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