Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Western Orphean Warbler a.o.

The northern range of the Serra do Caldeirão (11th of May 2010).

A long day-tour yesterday, starting in the central Algarve and into the adjecent Alentejo, produced very good observations of a male Western Orphean Warbler, Rufous Bush Robin (couple), Melodius Warbler, Egyptian Vulture (adult) and Griffon Vulture, Bonelli's Eagle (subadult/3rd cy), Short-toed Eagle (calling a lot), Little Bustard, Collared Pratincole, Tawny Pipit... Black-crowned Night-Heron, Barn Owl and Red-necked Nightjars.

We could not have asked for better views of the Orphean Warbler and the Bush Robin - which have been the main target species for this tailor-made Tour. I would like to post some photos here, but I only do a bit of "digiscoping" through my Leica-Telescope during the trips and this is not the right method nor the equipment to get "snapshots" of Passerines. Since the Internet is full of bird-photos - these photos are almost as good as what we saw - link - if you "click" them for magnification (works also on this blog).
We found the bird singing in a valley, where I recorded it 2 years ago for the first time. Another site visited before and occupied the previous year, didn't produce anything this time. The song of this big Sylvian Warbler resembles a Blackbird, but mostly with repetition of a shorter and simpler phrase and an even lower and more "throaty" tone or pitch than the Blackbird.


  1. Don't forget to send the adult Egyptian vulture, as well as the Orphean and Rufous Bush robin (for the date) to the noticiário! The vulture is a really great sighting! I think I never had adults outside autumn migration in southern portugal.