Portugal Wildlife

A look through the Seasons on an Alentejano Wildlife Reserve

Gallery of some seasonal highlights on the wildlife reserve. All the photographs are taken on the reserve.

January

Rainfall as at 6th January 2018

After being completely dry since September, Windmill Pond at last shows signs of filling up after some rainfall in November to 6th January 2018.

The newly part-filled pond attracted the first new bird species of the year. A Common Sandpiper - a Winter Migrant.

And this Green Sandpiper, another Winter Visitor.

 

Meadow Pipits also feed at Windmill Pond in January. They are also Winter and Passage Migrants.

Other migrants that feed around Windmill Pond include small groups of Common Chiffchaffs.

Yellow Lupin plants are sprouting in the Olive Grove where they have been sown as a green manure. They are a species native to Portugal.

Resident Eurasian Hoopoe feeding among the first flush of new plant growth following the late Autumn/early Winter rains.

February

Passage migrant stops for a few days to refuel - a Common Snipe.

A couple of Northern Lapwings seen flying over Windmill Pond were the first record for this species on the reserve.

In Winter large flocks of Common Woodpigeons gather on the reserve's open woodland (Montado) to feed on the abundant Sweet Oak acorns.

One of the few flowers out in February is the Dusky Dogfennel.

 

Little Egret at Windmill Pond already has its breeding plumage on show.

This aquatic plant, Stream Water-Crowfoot, starts flowering in February.

Woodlark collecting nesting material.

Hoop Petticoat Narcissus, another early flowering plant.

March

FirstIberian Pond Turtle (sometimes called Spanish Terrapin) of the year - 4th March.

Stunning display of Annual Toadflax.

After 73mm rain in five days all the Stream Water-Crowfoot flowers are now under water until they can grow back to the surface again.

One of the firsts Barn Swallows of the year flying over Windmill Pond.

 

Yellowlegged Gull, an occasional visitor, seen flying over Windmill Pond during a short break in a thunderstorm.

Windmill Pond is full again ! March 8th. The pond is now at its maximum depth and is overflowing into the downstream river.

Now Windmill Pond is full some Mallards have returned. Here a male.

 

Little Grebes are also back in residence.

 

Redlegged Partridge making territorial call.

Early Purple Orchid.

Female Common Linnet collecting nesting material.

 

An early butterfly on the wing: A Green Hairstreak.

 

Female Spanish Festoon.

Bats are about. This Greater Horsehose Bat was recorded with an Echo Meter Touch 2 Bat Detector attached to an iPad as it hunted for insects over the Windmill Pond.

Tadpoles in shallow puddle in earth road. Probably Iberian Water Frog.

Scarce Swallowtail.

April

Star of Bethlehem.

Viperine Snake.

Crown Daisy.

Moth.

 

 

Hover Fly on Corn Marigold.

Red Admiral.

Common Winter Damsels are active throughout the year.

Iberian Bluetails mating. The upper damselfy is the male (blue) and the female is below.

 

European Bee-eaters arrived back on 6th April.

Female Woodchat Shrike.

Little Grebe sitting on floating nest at edge of Windmill Pond.

Tamarisk in flower.

May

Singing Barn Swallow.

Woodchat Shrike coughing up pellet on undigested food items, presumably mostly insect carapaces.

Female or teneral male Blacktailed Skimmer.

Spanish Marbled White

 

Bee collecting pollen from Smooth Sow-Thistle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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