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Great News For The Lycosa Tarantula Living Near The House….But What Has She Been Up To!?

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After seeing a post on a Facebook wildlife group of a possible sighting of a male Tarantula Wolf Spider, it gave me some enthusiasm to check on one of the local females, one that lives very close to the Quinta. It was quite a surprise……

The Tarantula Wolf Spider, not be confused with the Wolf Spider is the species where the original name Tarantula comes from, rather than post all the information, please see my Algarve Resident Article – Tarantula Wolf Spider.

She was at the entrance to her burrow when I arrived and as normal she wasn’t too bothered about my presence, they are not normally like this!

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Lycosa Tarantula (Female)
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All Prints Are Now Available Framed!

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It’s taken a long time updating the entire web shop, but all of my available prints are now available to purchase framed in either 50x40cm (A3 Print) or 50x30cm (A4 Print) and come in 4 colour choices of Black, Silver, White and Wood. You may even notice images being updated to include smaller 20x15cm frames, again, all prints will be available in this size within the next few days.

For more information on the frames please see Frame Information.

At this stage, framed prints are only available to either be collected from here at the Quinta near São Marcos da Serra (by appointment only) or I can arrange a meet & greet in the central Algarve area. For a small fee, I maybe able to personally deliver to your location outside of the central Algarve location (rest of the Algarve and lower Alentejo only), please Contact Me for more information.

I am also now able to offer a viewing gallery for your chosen print along with any other prints available to purchase right here at the Quinta, again, this is strictly by appointment only.

The Webshop also gives you the chance to view a print in a digital impression of your choice of frame size and colour.


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[Instagram] 6-Legged Wolf Spider With Babies

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This post is from my Instagram feed. Some Instagram feeds are not worthy enough of a new Blog Post, therefore, they will simply be shared. They are usually photos taken with my Mobile Phone. All Instagram posts will have “[Instagram]” at the beginning of the title.


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This Week’s Featured Image – Backlit Short-Eared Owl

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This week a personal favourite of mine which also reminds me of some memorable early mornings and early evenings photographing a pair of over-wintering Short-Eared Owls near Derby, England back in 2016.

I was always in position before the sunrise and this particular morning a “Shortie” was out hunting when I arrived. The sun was just rising above the horizon and didn’t give enough light to capture this shot with detail so I used the darkness in my favor and under-exposed the shot resulting in just the sun light being exposed. This created a fantastic backlit on the wings giving a really powerful image.

As usual, the Featured Image is discounted and is available in both framed and unframed prints.

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Short Eared Owl (Backlit)
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Framed Single Edition Collection of European Bee-Eaters

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Back in June I displayed at the International Show at Fatacil, Lagoa and I created a one-off collection showcasing some of my European Bee-Eater photos from 2018 and 2019.

It has been created as a never to be reproduced collection. Whilst there was a great deal of interest in this collection it remained unsold at the show. This collection is mounted in a white deep box frame measuring 30x90cm with each of the 5 photographs measuring 13x18cm.

It is now available to purchase as a unique single edition in the Web Shop. Please note, as with all my framed prints, this is collection (or meet and greet in Central Algarve) only.

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Glossy Ibis At Salgados

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Salgados has a large number of Glossy Ibis currently, certainly in the hundreds if not more. However, the majority of them start heading a short distance west to their roosting grounds around an hour before sunset. This daily migration continues until sunset.

Here is one of the last flocks to leave whilst I was there a few days ago. Glossy Ibis in Portugal is a huge success story as they were a very rare bird just over 10 years ago and now the numbers are huge and increasing. More details soon as I will be writing next months article in the Algarve Resident all about these stunning birds. Not sure what they look like? Take a look Here.

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Sunset Formation (Glossy Ibis - Glossy Ibis - Íbis-preta -Plegadis falcinellus)
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