Monday, September 30, 2013

White-winged Tern

I was delighted by this juvenile White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) when visiting the seveage works just east of Faro on September, 13th. This eastern marsh-tern species is a rarity in Portugal, with about 20 records total to the present day. It was in company of an adult (moulting) Black Tern, many Ruff's and other wader species were also present at the location. Another highlight were no less than 3 Ospreys circling together. Bluethroat (adult female), Black-necked Grebes (3), Northern Pintail and Lapwing were firsts for the season.

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