Portugal Wildlife

Wildlife Pond & Photography Hide

See Iberian Fox Gallery for a truly astonishing sequence of photographs.

For details of the construction of the Bird Drinking Station see here.

Species Seen from Bird and Mammal Drinking Station. The low resolution photos below are taken by a remote Trail Camera. The rest by a Digital SLR:

Wildlife Seen at Pond

Species Notes Photographs Photographs Photographs

 

  BIRDS

 

 

Redlegged Partridge

Alectoris rufa hispanica

Perdiz
 

Redlegged Partridge and 5 chicks at pond.

Redlegged Partridge and 7 chicks at pond.

 

 

Two adult birds with half-grown chicks.

 

 

Green Sandpiper

Tringa ochropus

Maçarico bique bique
 

Eurasian Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Rola turca
 

Drinking.

Pair of Eurasian Collared Doves. One bird is partially leucistic, being almost white in colour.

 

 

 

Pair of Eurasian Collared Doves. One bird is partially leucistic, being almost white in colour.

Partially Leucistic Eurasian Collared Dove.

Partially Leucistic Eurasian Collared Dove drinking.

Common Barn Owl

Tyto alba

Coruja das torres
 

Barn owl at pond at night.

 

 

 

 

Sequence of TrailCam Photos showing Common Barn Owl bathing.

 

 

 

 

   

Little Owl

Athene noctua vidalii

Mocho galego
   

Tawny Owl

Strix aluco sylvatica

Coruja do mato
 

 

 

Sequence of 12 photos showing Tawny Owl bathing in Hide Pond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, a nice clean Tawny Owl !

 

 

Tawny Owl drinking.

Common Kingfisher

Alcedo atthis ispida

Guarda rios
 

Kingfisher after diving into the pond.

Note Orange lower mandible which marks this bird as a female.

 

 

 

 

   

Eurasian Hoopoe

Upupa epops

Poupa
 

Singing on Cork oak behind pond.

   

Iberian Green Woodpecker

Picus sharpie

Peto real
 

Adult Male with red malar stripe.

 

 

Adult Female with black malar stripe.

Juvenile showing spotted breast markings.

 

 

Adult male.

Juvenile, with black malar stripe, drinking.

 

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major hispanus

Pica pau malhardo
 

Male, clinging to window frame of hide.

Sitting on pond wall.

 

 

On Cork Oak.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker           

Dendrocopos minor buturlini

Pica pau galego
 

Female.

Female.

Female.

Woodlark

Lullula arborea pallida

Cotovia dos bosques
 

 

Meadow Pipit           

Anthus pratensis pratensis

Petinha dos prados
 

   

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea cinerea

Alvéola cinzenta
 

Catching insect at water's edge.

White Wagtail

Motacilla alba alba

Alvéola branca
 

Dunnock

Prunella modularis modularis

Ferreirinha
     

European Robin

Erithacus rubecula

Pisco de peito ruivo
 

 

     

Black Redstart

Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis

Rabirruivo
 

Female.

Common Redstart

Phoenicurus phoenicurus phoenicurus

Rabirruivo de esta branca
 

Juvenile.

 

 

Eurasian Stonechat

Saxicola torquatus rubicola

Cartaxo
 

Female.

Male.

 

Common Blackbird

Turdus merula merula

Melro
 

Male.

Female.

Male shaking off water.

 

 

Female drinking.

Swallowing.

Bathing.

 

 

Juvenile drinking.

Juvenile. Showing spotted breast and darker bill than an adult female.

Female common blackbird washing prey (spider) before eating it.

 

 

Drinking.

 

 

Song Thrush

Turdus philomelos clarkei

Tordo pinto
 

 

 

 

Zitting Cisticola (Fantailed Warbler)

Cisticola juncidis cisticola

Fuinha dos juncos
 

Photographed from the pond hide.

Melodious Warbler

Hippolais polyglotta

Felosa poliglota
 

   

Dartford Warbler

Sylvia undata undata

Toutinegra do mato
 

Male Dartford Warbler.

   

Sardinian Warbler

Sylvia melanocephalamelanocephala

Toutinegra dos valados
 

Male.

 

 

Juvenile Sardinian warbler, with an insect caught at the pond.

Juvenile.

Female.

 

 

Juvenile.

Juvenile.

 

Subalpine Warbler

Sylvia cantillans iberiae

Toutinegra de bigodes
 

Male, showing bluish-grey head and upperparts.

Male.

Male Subalpine Warbler (screen grab ex video clip)

Common Whitethroat

Sylvia communis communis

Papa amoras
 

 

 

Eurasian Blackcap

Sylvia atricapilla heinekin

Toutinegra de barrete
 

Male.

Female.

Female after Bathing.

Willow Warbler

Phylloscopus trochilus trochilus

Felosinha musical
 

Spotted Flycatcher

Muscicapa striata striata

Taralhão cinzento
 

 

Pied Flycatcher

Ficedula hypoleuca

Papa moscas
 

Female or Immature.

Female or Immature.

Longtailed Tit (Bushtit)

Aegithalos caudatus irbii

Chapim rabilongo
 

 

 

After a longtailed tit somehow fell into the pond it started swimming.

It soon managed to swim towards a rock that leads into the pond.

When it reached the rock, the longtailed tit managed to drag itself out of the water.

 

 

The rather bedraggled longtailed tit then sat on the rock, in the sun, while it recovered and dried enough to be able to fly away.

 

 

Flock of five longtailed tits.

 

 

European Crested Tit

Lophophanes cristatus weigoldi

Chapim de poupa
 

Bathing.

At water's edge.

Blue Tit

Parus caeruleus ogliastrae

Chapim azul
 

Singing.

Bathing.

Blue Tit shaking head while bathing.

 

 

Juvenile drinking.

 

 

Great Tit

Parus major corsus

Chapim real
 

Bathing.

Eurasian Nuthatch

Sitta europaea hispaniensis

Trepadeira azul
 

Bathing

Short-toed Treecreeper

Certhia brachydactyla megarhynchos

Trepadeira
   

 

Southern Grey Shrike

Lanius meridionalis meridionalis

Picanço real
 

 

 

 

 

Bathing.

Woodchat Shrike

Lanius senator rutilans

Picanço barreteiro
 

Eurasian Jay

Garrulus glandarius fasciatus

Gaio
 

 

 

Iberian Azurewinged Magpie

Cyanopica cooki

Charneco
 

 

 

Juvenile calling.

 

 

Shimmering its wings.

Fourteen Iberian Azurewinged Magpies drinking and bathing at sunset.

Spotless Starling

Sturnus unicolor

Estorninho preto
 

Spotless Starling showing aggression towards female Common Blackbird.

 

 

 

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus domesticus

Pardal
 

Male.

Male drinking.

Female.

Spanish Sparrow

Passer hispaniolensis hispaniolensis

Pardal espanhol
 

 

Drinking.

Bathing.

 

 

Male.

 

Male.

Male. Showing heavily marked back.

Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs coelebs

Tentilhão
 

Male Chaffinch.

Male.

Female.

European Serin

Serinus serinus

Milheirinha
 

Male European Serin.

 

 

European Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis parva

Pintassilgo
 

 

Common Linnet

Carduelis cannabina mediterranea

Pintarroxo
 

Male Linnet

 

 

Eurasian Bullfinch

Pyrrhula pyrrhula pyrrhula

Dom fafe

 

Female Eurasian Bullfinch.

Male.

 

Corn Bunting

Emberiza calandra calandra

Trigueirão
 

Drinking.

   

Bathing.

Bathing.

 

 

  MAMMALS

 

 

Iberian Hare

Lepus granatensis

Lebre ibérica
 

European Rabbit

Oryctolagus cuniculus algirus

Coelho bravo
 

 

 

Extraordinary trailcamera sequence of airborne Rabbit coming down to earth !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Wood Mouse

Apodemus sylvaticus

Ratinho do campo ; Rato do campo
 

Black Rat

Rattus rattus

Ratazana preta
 

The tail is longer than the head and body combined, a feature that distinguishes the Black Rat from the similar Brown Rat.

 

 

   

Iberian Fox

Vulpes vulpes silacea

Raposa
 

 

 

Fox lying down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice view of a dog Fox's brush (tail).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice view of the fox's tail.

 

 

Two Iberian Foxes drinking at the pond.

 

 

 

 

Common Genet

Genetta genetta

Geneta
 

Iberian Mongoose

Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii

Sacarrabos ; Manguço
 

Female on left and much larger male on the right.

 

 

Male Iberian Mongoose drinking.

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

  REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS

 

 

Snake

Serpente
   

Western Montpellier Snake

Malpolon monspessulanus

Cobra rateira
 

Male Western Montpelier Snake showing yellowish front part of body.

   

Algerian Sand Lizard

Psammodromus algirus

Lagartixo do mato
 

Sitting on pebbles of the pond's beach.

   

Sharp-ribbed newt

Pleurodeles waltl

Salamandra de costelas salientes
 

Iberian Water Frog

Pelodytes perezi

Rã verde
 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

DRAGONFLIES

   

Iberian Bluetail or Bluetailed Damselfly

Ischnura graellsii

Iscnura ibero magrebina
 

Male.

Male.

Male.

Broad Scarlet or Scarlet Dragonfly

Crocothemis erythraea

Libélula escarlate
 

Female.

   

Redveined Darter

Sympetrum fonscolombii

Libélula de nervuras vermelhas
 

Female.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Gallery of Photos showing Hide Pond Construction

 

Wildlife Seen at Water Drinking/Bathing Pond
BIRDS
1 Redlegged Partridge Alectoris rufa hispanica Perdiz
2 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus Maçarico bique bique
3 Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto Rolaturca
4 Common Barn Owl Tyto alba alba Coruja das torres
5 Little Owl Athene noctua vidalii Mocho galego
6 Tawny Owl Strix aluco sylvatica Coruja do mato
7 Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis ispida Guarda rios
8 Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops epops Poupa
9 Iberian Green Woodpecker Picus sharpei Peto real
10 Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major hispanus Pica pau malhardo
11 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor buturlini Pica pau galego
12 Woodlark Lullula arborea pallida Cotovia dos bosques
13 Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis pratensis Petinha dos prados
14 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea cinerea Alvéola cinzenta
15 White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba Alvéola branca
16 Dunnock Prunella modularis modularis Ferreirinha
17 European Robin Erithacus rubecula Pisco de peito ruivo
18 Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros gibraltariensis Rabirruivo
19 Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus phoenicurus Rabirruivo de testa branca
20 Eurasian Stonechat Saxicola torquatus rubicola Cartaxo
21 Common Blackbird Turdus merula merula Melro
22 Song Thrush Turdus philomelos clarkei Tordo pinto
23 Zitting Cisticola (Fantailed Warbler) Cisticola juncidis cisticola Fuinha dos juncos
24 Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta Felosa poliglota
25 Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata undata Toutinegra do mato
26 Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala melanocephala Toutinegra dos valados
27 Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans iberiae Toutinegra de bigodes
28 Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis communis Papa amoras
29 Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla heinekin Toutinegra de barrete
30 Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus trochilus Felosinha musical
31 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata striata Taralhão cinzento
32 Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca iberiae Papa moscas
33 Longtailed Tit (Bushtit) Aegithalos caudatus irbii Chapim rabilongo
34 European Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus weigoldi Chapim de poupa
35 Blue Tit Parus caeruleus ogliastrae Chapim azul
36 Great Tit Parus major corsus Chapim real
37 Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea hispaniensis Trepadeira azul
38 Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla megarhynchos Trepadeira
39 Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis meridionalis Picanço real
40 Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator rutilans Picanço barreteiro
41 Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius fasciatus Gaio
42 Iberian Azurewinged Magpie Cyanopica cooki Charneco
43 Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor Estorninho preto
44 House Sparrow Passer domesticus domesticus Pardal
45 Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis hispaniolensis Pardal espanhol
46 Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs coelebs Tentilhão
47 European Serin Serinus serinus Milheirinha
48 European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis parva Pintassilgo
49 Common Linnet Carduelis cannabina mediterranea Pintarroxo
50 Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula pyrrhula Dom fafe
51 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra calandra Trigueirão
MAMMALS
1 Iberian Hare Lepus granatensis Lebre ibérica
2 European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus algirus Coelho bravo
3 Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus Rato do campo
4 Black Rat Rattus rattus Ratazana preta
5 Iberian Fox Vulpes vulpes silacea Raposa
6 Common Genet Genetta genetta genetta Geneta
7 Iberian Mongoose Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii Sacarrabos ; Manguço
REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS
1 Snake species (not identified)   Serpente
2 Algerian Sand Lizard or Large Psammodromus Psammodromus algirus Lagartixo do mato
3 Western Montpellier Snake Malpolon monspessulanus Cobra rateira
4 Sharp-ribbed newt Pleurodeles waltl Salamandra de costelas salientes
5 Iberian Water Frog Pelodytes perezi Rã verde
DRAGONFLIES
1 Iberian Bluetail or Bluetailed Damselfly Ischnura graellsii Iscnura ibero magrebina
2 Broad Scarlet or Scarlet Dragonfly Crocothemis erythraea Libélula escarlate
3 Redveined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii Libélula de nervuras vermelhas
66 <--- Total Number of Species Recorded

 

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