Monday, 25 November 2013

Herring Gull at Carrasqueira ricefields

Last Sunday, 23/11/2013 there was a 4cy Herring Gull most probably ssp. argenteus at Carrasqueira peninsula ricefields in the Sado Estuary. In the last 2 years Herring gull records increased in Portugal, much because of a great awarenness from the observers in general, however the majority of them are made in beaches and harbours along the coast, this one was my first record inland on a ricefield roost of Lesser black-backed Gulls.

Friday, 8 November 2013

American Purple Gallinule in Lisbon

Another incredible finding for Western Paleartic and 1st record for mainland Portugal, an American Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica was photographed yesterday 07/11/2013 with a cellphone at Parque Monsanto- Lisbon by Nuno Ramos.
Today the 1st winter bird was still at the place and very confident, feeding in the open, and making the joy of many.
Video here and here.

Photos from another 1st winter American Purple Gallinule found dead in England here