Nightingales Singing At Midnight (Recording)

I posted earlier that I had spotted a Nightingale making a rare appearance out of thick cover (Read more…). Tonight the air was totally still, not even a gentle breeze so I setup my phone camera to record the amazing chorus we have around the Quinta. There was also a Fox calling in the distance, but unfortunately, you can’t really make it out.

Turn your volume up and enjoy!

{Remember to watch in HD if possible}


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Ever Wondered What A Nightingale Looks Like…?

I’m surrounded by Nightingales, all competing to be the loudest, they seem to sing all day and night with no sleep. You would think they would be easy to find and view, but although they are loud with their stunning song, they are great at hiding deep in the foliage of trees and bushes.

After sitting on the riverbank for a while a few days back, one did decide to almost expose itself and I grabbed a quick snap, as you can see, they are quite plain looking birds and their plumage doesn’t match their incredible song.

Scouting Mission To Find The Local Bee-Eater Colony

Friday finally saw my 500mm f/4 Lens go off for it’s tripod mount collar repair and even though I’m going to miss the beginning of the spring/summer season whilst it is on its trip to Barcelona, I am still preparing for its return.

Today, I went on a scouting mission to find where the local European Bee-eaters are starting to nest build and it if you know what you are looking for, it didn’t take too long. Although there was no real evidence of new nest building at this location, I sat under a nearby Oak tree and waited. 20 minutes later a pair arrived. I was sat in full view of them, but they didn’t seem too bothered. I did have my “walkabout” lens (the trusty Nikon 80-400mm) so did manage to shoot a few photos before I left them to their colony building.

My view of their flight wasn’t great as it was into the sun, but did shoot this back-lit shot with the sun’s rays shining through the wings.


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Male European Bee-Eater

Whilst I still wait for the travel restrictions to ease so that I can take my “big lens” to Lisbon to be repaired (Read more about the disaster!), I have been going through some past sessions of Bee-Eaters. Here is a photo of a male (a lot of brown colouring on the wing is the giveaway) that I photographed in 2018. I will be investigating this location soon as I’m not sure that the colony is still nesting at this location.

Hopefully, the lens will be fixed soon and I’ll be back with more sessions like this!

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