Morning Dog Walk: A Few Small Birds And A Lot Of Turtles

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.

Firstly, happy May Day to everyone that celebrates it, here in Portugal, it’s a big day and we’ll be off to the local Barragem for a day of food and drink with the locals!

This morning, there was an unmistakable bird song coming from high up in a tree, a Melodious Warbler was singing it’s heart out.

Melodious Warbler Singing


In the same tree I spotted a Great Tit with a juicy Caterpillar for its breakfast.

Great Tit with Caterpillar

For the first time in ages we crossed the river as the water is finally flowing back underneath the bridge and headed to the nearby Firefighters Barragem. Wally, being er, Wally started to bark at a large oil bottle that is used to keep the irrigation pipe floating. If he hadn’t I wouldn’t of noticed the huge congregation of Spanish Turtles (also known as Spanish Terrapins, but I stick with Turtle due to the size) and European Pond Terrapins all jumping into the water due to the barking. I will return without Wally to take some close up photos, but here is a selection I captured this morning. They all show the Spanish Turtle as the European Pond Terrapin as small and out of reach of the lens.

Spanish Turtles

Spanish Turtles

Spanish Turtles

Spanish Turtle

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