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New Shop Coming Soon!

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You may start to see some various changes to the website over the next coming days, please ignore any Shop links that may appear as orders will not go through. Over the last few months, I have been busy putting together a new studio at home, yes, I’ve literally moved into part of our attic! As you can see there is a little decorating to do, but it’s fully functional and ready to start printing from a professional Canon Printer. And yes, that is a small digital drum kit to whack when I’m having a bad/slow day!


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Morning Dog Walk: Woodpeckers And Pipits

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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.

What a difference a day makes, yesterday it felt like summer, today even though its not cold it is very overcast with some (still needed) rain forecast. The light was terrible for photography, but I took the camera on our walk anyway! I did go back to look for the Blue Rock Thrush from yesterdays Nature Walk, but no sign of it.

The Woodpeckers were active this morning and this pesky Great Spotted Woodpecker was on our Telephone Pole again! Last time, I made the (terrible) joke of the Internet being unstable due to the holes in the pole, this time…… I think there’s a tap on the line, yes, I should give up the one-liners!


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The Mystery Bird From Yesterday’s Nature Walk Identified

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First all, a big thanks to everyone that turned up yesterday for the first Free Nature Walk of 2019.

What an amazing morning out in the hills, the weather was almost hot, but certainly very warm and there were plenty of things to see. The one thing that got us excited was a dark black/blue bird that appeared a little too far away to ID. At first I thought it was a Starling, but then it stood upright like a Thrush. It disappeared before we managed to get a good view or shot of it and continued our walk. A few names were branded about and I mentioned the possibility of a Blue Rock Thrush. I have never seen one let alone locally to the house.

We continued our walk and the route brought us back past the same location on our return. I spotted it again, this time in full view albeit a long way, it was also now a view directly into the sun.

I snapped a photo but couldn’t tell from the image on the camera. This morning, I have cleaned the image up a little and gives a perfect view, I can now confirm it is indeed a Male Blue Rock Thrush. I visited the same location this morning, but couldn’t spot it but as these birds are resident in Portugal, I will keep an eye out for it and maybe stake out. It is possible that it will nest in this barn that it was spotted at.

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Moon Halo Over The Algarve

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Tonight there is a Moon Halo or to give it the correct name a 22 Degree Halo which is used to describe the amount of light that is bending to create the effect.

It is caused by the light being diffracted twice by entering and exiting ice crystals high up in the atmosphere.

I have seen one before, but not as bright as this one, it is certainly a stunning view.

Here are a couple of photos I shot.

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22 Degree Moon Halo
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Mediterranean Tree Frog On The Front Terrace

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Tonight it is warm enough to have the door leading to our front terrace open and I was enjoying a nice game of Golf Clash on my phone when I was interrupted by the call of a Male Mediterranean Tree Frog (also known as the Stripeless Tree Frog) just a couple of meters away from me.

You may remember me getting this shot and video last year where they breed in a disused water cistern, however, this year there hasn’t been enough rain (yet) for them to breed in there. We’ve never had one this close to the house before (it is not uncommon for them to come inside houses!). There isn’t really water for them to breed here (apart from my Reflection Pool, not ideal) at the Quinta so tomorrow I will make a small pond in hope it will attract them to breed. Hopefully more to come…….

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Mediterranean Tree Frog
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