Monday, 17 September 2012

Spotted Sandpiper at Lagoa de Albufeira

On  the 15th of September another amazing bird found by J. Lima Santos  on a small mudflat at Caimão hide, Lagoa de Albufeira. The bird, 1 juv Actitis macularius was very flesh plumaged, and was feeding like crazy on flies, we assume he has just arrived from his epic journey across the North Atlantic.

Possibly much more common than it seems judging by the few accepted records in Portugal, however the problematic ID when viewing conditions are not good, is certainly one of the few reasons that might explain its "absence". 
A few hundred meters from this place the Juv. lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes was still present, and feeding along with some dunlins.