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Morning Dog Walk: A Trip To Ludo

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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 mornings Wally walk was different, Emma (my better half) is visiting the UK, so after dropping her at the airport we headed to Ludo right at the western end of the runway for a walk.

We saw many species of bird life as you’d expect from being inside the Ria Formosa park. The biggest joy was watching an Osprey searching for food. It was around an hour before it finally swooped down and caught a large fish, unfortunately, well out of reach of the camera.

I did manage to grab this shot of her, I think it’s a female due to the large size of the body.

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Morning Dog Walk: Plenty Of Birds Big And Small

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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.

It was another beautiful and cloudless morning that started off cold before warming up very quickly. On this morning’s Wally Walk, we circled a nearby Barragem (Portuguese for Dam) that is used as a Fire Fighting collection point. There are currently 3 Cormorants resident and also a Grey Heron that sits in the top of large tree.

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Barragem for the Firefigters

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Morning Dog Walk: Wally Splashing Around

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Now that the river is flowing normally, Wally is loving splashing around on his daily visit. Of course, I can’t refuse snapping a few pics. Even though he’ll be 2 years old in March, he often still looks like a Puppy!

I love the way the sun was lighting him side-on and especially like how the sun lit all the water droplets different colours.

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Wally Splashing Around In The River
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Morning Dog Walk: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

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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 area around the Quinta has a high population of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers and they are usually easy to spot, however, taking a photo is a different matter. This morning whilst out with the Dog I heard one tapping away on branch of a Cork Oak tree. I managed to lie down on the track and slide into a position to take this photo before it noticed me.

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Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Dryobates minor)
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Morning Dog Walk: A Gaggle of Mongooses

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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.

Whilst walking I heard a quarrel (collective noun) of Sparrows fled a tree with alarm calls at high volume. This was out of sight and decided to sit and wait, it could of simply been a Cat but I hoped for something a little more wild.

Soon enough on a distant bank I could hear leaves rustling….but so could Wally! It didn’t take long until one came out into the open, an Egyptian Mongoose. I quickly managed to get this long distance snap before they spotted us and ran for cover. This gave me the opportunity to see all 3 of the Gaggle (another collective noun) as they fled.

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