Portugal Wildlife

A look through the Seasons (2019) on a Wildlife Reserve in Baixo Alentejo

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

January

New Year's Day: Two Common Snipe feeding at Windmill Pond.

Two Common Snipe Displaying: Quite unusual behaviour.

Two Common Snipe Displaying: I have not read about this behaviour.

Two Common Snipe Displaying: Normally displaying occurs much later in Spring and more usually at the breeding grounds.

 

Iberian Badger foraging during a cold and misty winter's night.

Iberian Mongoose.

White Wagtails are year-round residents on the reserve, like this Male in Winter plumage - with white chin and forehead.

One of the few plants flowering in January, Jersey Cudweed.

 

A Painted Lady basking in the January sunshine.

Female Common Kestrel hunting from perch on electricity cable. It is hoped this female will pair with the male seen at the kestrel nest box this Spring.

Eurasian Buzzard.

A Green Sandpiper enjoying the feeding opportunities in Windmill Pond which still retains some water this Winter.

 

Common Snipe showing how flexible its mandibles are.

The first rains in January brought out a new species: A Spiny Toad, Europe's largest Toad which can be up to 18cm long.

Seven Iberian Pond Turtles basking in the January sunshine at Windmill Pond.

One of the resident pair of Eurasian Buzzards circling in the January bright sunlight.

 

Corn Buntings are already starting to sing.

 

 

 

February

Male European Serin.

Spiny Toads in amplexus (mating). Note that the male, on top, is much smaller than the female. Photographed in daytime at Windmill Pond.

Male Small Copper enjoying the February sunshine.

Spiny Toad spawn. These toad eggs were laid in a number of strings in a temporary rain puddle.

 

6th February: One of our Little Grebes is back on Windmill Pond.

A Common Barn Owl bathing in a Winterbourne Stream.

Blackshouldered Kite attacking Carrion Crow.

Crocus-leaved Romulea.

 

A most exciting discovery. A new mammal species: European Wildcat (Gato bravo).

Yellow Anemone.

Two Juvenile Eurasian Spoonbills (with black wing tips) flying off from Windmill Pond.

An Iberian False Smooth Snake taking in the late afternoon February sunshine. This species is mostly nocturnal or crespuscular.

 

A beautiful group of Hoop-Petticoat Narcissus flowers

Iberian Pond Turtle.

A Clouded Yellow feeding on Dusky Dogfennel flowers.

A Natterjack Toad at night.

 

 

March

 

 

 

 

 

 

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