The Bee Eater Colony Are Still Here!


I have been getting quietly worried over the last few days as I have not seen or heard the local Bee Eater colony. The last time I saw them was Friday which was 5 days ago!

However, today they actually spent most of the day around the garden and even relaxing down on “A Rocha”. I always have my Nikon D7100 (Crop Camera) to hand with the 80-400mm lens so that I can grab it for record shots. So here is a few I took without even having to change out of my slippers! We are so lucky to have these around the garden. I’m not sure where they are nest building this year, so this is maybe why I have not seen them for a while.

European Bee Eater Flying Around The Garden

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“A Rocha” Part 1: The Beginning


At the Quinta we have small piece of land we call “A Rocha” (Portuguese for “The Rock”) and as the name suggests it’s a small rocky lump. It is outside the fire boundary so we have left it to nature with mainly Esteva and a small collection of Oak Trees.

Today’s light was terrible for photography (as you can see in the photos from my phone) so I made use of the time to scout for an area to use as some hide locations, “A Rocha” was decided upon. You may remember reading about the Oasis Hide, this is still in place, however, its more suitable for late summer and autumn when there is little vegetation growing.

I found an area that has great sunrise and morning Golden Hour exposure and set to work clearing it. The photo is looking with the sunrise area behind. The area is quite open and is suitable for sunrise whatever the season.

Before clearing

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