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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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A Morning Session With The Bee Eaters (and few others)

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Yesterday whilst on a Community Walk as part of the local Village’s Celebration Day I noticed a colony of Bee Eaters all sitting on a dead tree on the river bank at the other side of the village to the Quinta. The weather forecast promised a clear sunrise so I packed the camera, tripod, chair and pop-up hide last night and set my alarm for 6:15am.

The idea was to get to the river bank and erect my pop-up hide before the Bee Eaters awoke. I was awake before the alarm and after a quick Coffee I headed down to the river bank by just after 6:30am. It was already light, but the sun was still below the horizon, the only birds I could hear were the Nightingales. I set up the hide and waited patiently.

First up a small flock of Common Waxbills arrived with 2 of them sitting on the dead tree, unfortunately, I couldn’t quite get a clean background and this would take a fair bit of Photoshop work to remove.

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Common Waxbill - Bico-de-lacre-comum - Estrilda astrild
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Wally Out For His Morning Walk

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I opened the door this morning to take Wally for a walk and I could hear Bee Eaters, so I grabbed my camera and took it with me in case I spotted any. I didn’t see any so I thought I’d snap a few photos of Wally doing what he does best, looking great in photos!

Dog Walking Photos is something I am considering offering in the Algarve, if you fancy some prints of your own Dog out in nature then please Get In Touch.

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"Wally" Portrait
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Some Of My Images Are Now Available On Alamy

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I have signed up with the stock agency giant, Alamy. In the future, I’ll be publishing not only Wildlife and Nature photography, but also other stock images that I believe will sell.

This is a new venture for me and to make stock photography work means a lot of time behind the camera with different artistic approaches. This gives me a lot of enthusiasm and excitement to pick the camera up.

My Alamy stock library, which will grow over time, can be found HERE.


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Coming Soon – Photography Workshops, free places will be available!

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Photography Workshops

You may have noticed a new option in the menu taking you to a new page, Photography Workshops.

All the information you need (for now) is in the page, but in a nutshell, I’m planning 1 day Photography Workshops up here in the hills of the Algarve. These small-sized attendee workshops will teach the basics of photography along with a more advanced workshop coming further down the road.

The workshops will be a mixture of classroom theory and practical sessions. They are being planned to be as hands-on as possible including getting around the village (São Marcos da Serra) practising.

[Update to below] This post was before the workshops became active, therefore, the free sessions are no longer available.

Before I launch the workshops, I’ll need to run one, possibly two, test workshops to confirm timings and content. These will be offered free-of-charge, if you are interested in attending one of these “Beta” workshops, then please register your interest by Contacting Me (first-come, first served).

More information on the Photography Workshops Page