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Wally Was In Such A Playful Mood This Morning…….

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……so I shot him! With a camera of course!

It’s always great practice using Wally, not just for my Dogs-In-Nature Photo Shoots but for other wildlife too.

First we were at the river and he was splashing around like a maniac so I was on hand to capture his craziness, throwing the odd stone to attract his attention.

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Wally Splashing In The River
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Morning Dog Walk: A Ladder Snake Basking In The Morning Sun (With Video)

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

Walking in one of my favourite areas with Wally this morning and we spotted a Ladder Snake basking in the sun. I think it had also recently eaten a meal which is maybe why it was in no rush to move away.

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Ladder Snake - Cobra-de-escada - Zamenis scalaris
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Morning Dog Walk: A Small Flock Of Waxbills

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

The Common Waxbill (Portuguese: Bico-de-lacre, Latin: Estrilda astrild) thrives in the Algarve region and actually originates from being “introduced” in the late 1960s, I have read references citing escaped caged birds but also scientific studies carried out, so unsure if “introduced” relates to accidental or release. These are usually very shy of humans (in my experience) but this morning a small flock of around 5 (I have seen them 50 strong!) were happy to continue rummaging through the long wild flowers. These ground nesting birds are usually spotted around a water source. I think they look like a vibrant Zorro! This year I have not seen the numbers I usually witness, hopefully that’s just bad luck on my account.

As you can see below, the look amazing in amongst the vibrant wild flowers.

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Common Waxbill - Bico-de-lacre - Estrilda astrild
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Morning Dog Walk: Busy Great Tit Parents

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

This time of year, if you stop and watch for a few minutes you soon realise how busy life is around you. This morning, I stopped because I could hear 4 or 5 Golden Orioles singing and calling unfortunately they were at a section of the river that I can’t get to when I’m with Wally. The Bee-Eaters were busy building their nest holes and I watched a pair of Great Tits busy feeding their young inside a rotten tree trunk. Incredibly this Pear (I think) Tree is still alive and has some blossom.

The rain clouds are taking a while to clear today, it is forecast to start clearing up now! It was terrible light so although I had to shoot at very high ISOs and the shots are not great, I couldn’t resist such an easy target. I will be revisiting in a few days to take some shots in better light.

As you can see in the photos, not only were the parents bringing food, but they were also removing the Fecal (or Faecal) sacks. These are a membrane sack that most baby birds excrete almost immediately after being fed which ensures the parent will then take it away.

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Wally On The Wall

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Yesterday morning I snapped this shot of Wally running through some spring flowers, the light was great, but the sky behind him was thick white clouds. So I set to work processing the photo and gave it a vintage-retro look which works really well with the horrible sky. It is one of my favourite photos of Wally and we love it so much I have printed it in A3 to go on the wall in the house.

Don’t forget, I offer a “Dogs-In-Nature” Photo Shoot service where I come to you to capture photos of your dog(s) doing what they do best! More information on the Dogs-In-Nature Photo Shoot. Gift Vouchers are also available too!

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Wally Having Fun
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Morning Dog Walk: A Pair Of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers Making A New Nest Hole

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

Wally was happy this morning as we walked up Eagle Ridge. He’s not been up there for ages due to the risk of Processionary Caterpillars. This risk is gone now so we headed up. The ridge lived up to its name as we spotted a large bird (too far away for a photo). It looked more like a Common Buzzard, but as the name in Portuguese is Águia-d’asa-redonda which translates to Round-winged Eagle, I’m claiming another Eagle spot from the ridge!

On the way back down I could hear the tapping of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and in fact there were a pair present with the Female flying back and fore and the Male busy making a hole. I have loads of photos to share and as they didn’t really care I was there, this will be a new spot to hopefully get some feeding shots. Oh and if you were watching my live Instagram feed earlier you may have heard me call it a Lesser Spotted Kingfisher as I ended! Ha ha ha ha!

I will share more the photos soon, but it’s Easter and the party is about to begin in the village’s “Feira do Folar”.

Here is one of the male tapping on the tree, not at the hole, but I think he was on his break looking for insects. Look how he almost grimaces and closes his eyes when he taps.


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