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The Dampness At Night Has Started The Beeps

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Now that autumn is starting, although the days are still warm, even hot, the evenings are starting to cool down and dew is settling. This has started the almost electronic sounding beeps of the autumn mating calls of the Iberian Midwife Toads.

We have one in our vegetable patch tonight, clever toad as its very damp in there and plenty of bugs to eat. It was calling this evening so I found it and took this photo with my smartphone. These toads are small, this one smaller than 4cm in length.

I will try and get some video of it calling over the next few nights, but of course if I approach, it stops.


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Start Of Something New

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A lot of you will have noticed a lack of content recently and that is due to juggling my other photography ventures, mainly my Real Estate work (FotoSul).

However, today I have started to push myself to concentrate more on bringing you more of the nature and particulary the local wildlife.

Theses photos are the start of something new and exciting and is just one thing on the list of new beginnings at the Quinta.

More news soon!


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Bee-Eaters In The Garden

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So, I’m in my processing studio trying to work on some photos from a huge FotoSul shoot a few days ago and all I can hear is Bee-Eaters outside.

It’s a terrible day for photography today with some thunderstorms in the area taking all the light away with thick clouds but I couldn’t resist to have a look and find 3 Bee-Eaters sitting on an electricity cable. They seem to be having an argument which was making me laugh.

It looks like the 2 on the left of the photo are males and the one on the right (shouting!) is a female. The argument seemed to be going on between the male on the left and the female.

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Algerian Mouse Gave Me A Shock Today

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I was clearing leaves on the patio today when this tiny Algerian Mouse jumped from the pile of leaves and started running around the patio. After a few words of encouragement, hinting that our garden is not the best place to be, it went off into the vegetation outside of the garden area.

It is the Algerian Mouse, also known as the Western Mediterranean mouse, rather than the closely related House Mouse due to the short length of its tail. I was only armed with my mobile and got these shots.

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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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