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Morning Dog Walk: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Drumming (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.

You may remember a post (excuse the pun) a while back about the damage Woodpeckers have do to our Telephone pole. Yesterday’s walk (there wasn’t one this morning as I was recovering from Wales winning the Grand Slam and 6 Nations Rugby!) I spotted a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on the very same pole.

Sorry for the not so steady video, but videoing hand held at 400mm isn’t easy. The jangling you can hear is Wally’s collar and the chirping is from a large family of House Sparrows.

Woodpeckers drum at this time of year to attract females and you can often hear them drumming on metal and concrete poles as they are much louder than wood. He who drums the loudest will attract the females. As you’d expect, the drumming is a lot quieter than the Great Spotted Woodpecker but still carries a long distance.

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Morning Dog Walk: Spanish Festoon Butterfly

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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 French Lavender are starting to flower and this is attracting a lot of insects and this morning I spotted my first Spanish Festoon of the year. This is a fairly common Butterfly in the Algarve, but even more so in the Northern Hills, particularly where the rock is shale.

Here are a few photos I grabbed on one on a French Lavender. I think this is a male due to the larger light portions (usually with some blue) under the wings (thanks to Wikipedia for that tip!).

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(Birthday) Morning Dog Walk: A New Bird Spot For Me!

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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.

First of all, a huge Happy 2nd Birthday to my sidekick Wally! We don’t know his actual birthday as of course, we rescued him from the dual-carriageway in Faro. However, we counted back 8 months which is what the vet approximated his age to be when we took him in! Without Wally, I probably wouldn’t get up and about every morning and spot some of the things I do and this morning was a new spot for me, read on……

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Happy 2nd Birthday to this crazy fool!

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Morning Dog Walk: The Hills Are Alive With Bird Song

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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 morning’s walk with Wally was loud, loud with Spring-time Bird Song. I lost count of the different Warbler song I heard along with Corn Buntings, Chiffchaff (both Common and Iberian), Finches, Hoopoe and all species of Woodpecker.

I pointed the camera at a few as we walked about.

Female Black Cap

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Morning Dog Walk: Fresh Otter Evidence

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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.

Although I have been successful at a different river location nearby, my local Otters still remain very elusive. This morning, there is fresh evidence of Otter activity down at the river.

First I noticed fresh footprints in the wet mud.

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Morning Dog Walk: Birds Showing Off Their Beauty

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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 morning I had the opportunity to capture the beauty of two particularly difficult birds to photograph in flight.

First, the unmistakably stunning Hoopoe. They are calling every morning now and this one was actually in a group of five.

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Hoopoe In Flight
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