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Morning Dog Walk: Another Tarantula Has Moved In!

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A while back I posted that the first Female Tarantula Wolf Spider that I spotted had since died and that Ants had moved into the burrow.

However, this morning, I noticed something new! The very same burrow now has another weaved opening. This is much smaller than previously so therefore could be one of the offspring from last year who has decided to take the burrow on.

I couldn’t see any activity, but I will continue to monitor, the 2nd burrow I found which is very near to the house has a very active female, I will grab some photos soon.

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Desperate For Some Nature, So I Visited The Local Little Owl

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The last 2 days have been early starts for 2 days of workshops and even though I’ve had a lot of fun, I was missing my dose of nature.

The late afternoon light was looking great so I paid the local Little Owl a visit, I made my way through some Esteva (Gum Rock Rose) and now I’m sitting here removing ticks! YUCK!

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Little Owl - Mocho-galego - Athene noctua
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SOS Algarve Animal Charity Event – 11th May 2019

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Had a great time yesterday at the SOS Algarve Animal Dog Walk & Photo Shoot Charity event. Even though the numbers attending were a little less than we hoped, it was still a great day raising money for such a great charity! For more information this amazing charity, please see their WEBSITE and FACEBOOK PAGE.

It really was a pleasure to help and of course, have a great time with all the dogs! I went along on the walk to capture some photographs and these will follow in a couple of days, below are the individual photo shoots. If you had a photo shoot, I will contact you separately with details to download your photos!

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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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Abandoned Palm Tree At Sunrise

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This morning was a great morning for a walk and was perfectly chosen by Anthony and his family who joined me for a Private Nature Walks. We saw and heard plenty of things as we walked my now famous Eagle Ridge route and yes we even spotted a Short Toed Eagle albeit very briefly. Of course, the Bee-Eaters were everywhere and to my amazement, I even spotted some new tunnel holes on my land, more about this soon!

However, whilst most were sleeping, I actually was up before sunrise this morning and decided to head out to a nearby Palm Tree that is next to a ruin that has been left to nature to capture the sun as it appeared above the ridge.

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Abandoned Palm At Sunrise
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