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A Chilly Morning At The Reflection Table

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Over the past couple of weeks, my Reflection Table has started to attract visitors so this morning I was up at sunrise in the hope of appearances from some feathered friends.

It was a cold 2 degrees (Celsius) and whilst that may not sound cold to some of you, for us (now seasoned) Algarvers, it is chilly. The surface of the water had a light covering of ice, so reflections were not possible until this melted, however, the table still attracted some visitors.

First up was a very brief visit from a Male Sardinian Warbler that landed on the perch gave a sort of shake-down before moving on its way. I managed to grab a shot of him shaking his wings and tail before he flew away.

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Male Sardinian Warbler - Toutinegra-de-cabeça-preta - Sylvia melanocephala

The table is getting popular with European Stonechats and they were coming and going for a while and also a European Robin turned up briefly.

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European Robin - Pisco-de-peito-ruivo - Erithacus rubecula

One Stonechat decided to investigate the hide and perched for a while on one of the close perches watching for movement through openings.

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Male European Stonechat - Cartaxo-comum - Saxicola rubicola

It wasn’t long before the ice had melted and it was time to grab some reflection shots.

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Male European Stonechat - Cartaxo-comum - Saxicola rubicola

Male European Stonechat - Cartaxo-comum - Saxicola rubicola

This final photo made me laugh as it looks like he has a Snorkel in his mouth!

Going Snorkelling!

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