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Morning Dog Walk: Usually Abundant But This Year A Rare Sight

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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 great to spot a Woodchat Shrike this morning perched on an electricity cable. Normally, the area is abundant with them, but this year its the first I’ve spotted since the beginning of Spring when they returned. It could just be that I’ve been in the wrong place at the wrong time and I guess they are happily all around me, but certainly great to spot one.


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Morning Dog Walk: Another Species Arrives Back From Africa

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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.

I spotted another returning bird this morning, a Woodchat Shrike which has travelled back from Africa. She (told because of the white patch in front of the eye) was quite a distance away, but managed to snap a quick record shot. I look forward to getting closer to these amazing “butcher” birds. Shrikes are known to hang their prey on fences and bramble. In case you are wondering, just out of focus to the left is a Stonechat. Continuing below the photo are some more sights.


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Iberian/Southern Grey Shrike

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The Iberian (or Southern) Grey Shrike is similar to the Great Grey Shrike, but is a different sub-species. Known as the “Butcher Bird”, the Shrike catches it’s food of insects and Lizards then hangs them on barbed wire fences or other spiked objects to store them as if in a larder.

They are very common here in the hills of the Algarve as are the other Shrike found here, the more colourful Woodchat Shrike.

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Iberian/Southern Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis)
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