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Beauty blues

Back in May 2019, I briefly mentioned in my article that a pair of blue rock thrushes had appeared to have taken residence in...

Warblers in the garden

It is almost a year ago since I wrote an article of things to look for in your own garden due to Covid-19 restrictions...

More than one chiffchaff species?

Most winters I regularly get asked about the small green, yellow or olive-coloured bird found foraging through garden bushes. Without seeing a photograph, the...

Back Early?

Every year in late autumn, I hear comments regarding the White Storks returning to their nests, back from their African journey. It is...

Autumn amphibians

Autumn has certainly arrived here in the Algarve and, apart from a short cooler spell, we seem to have mild weather and rain, yes...

Robins, a sign of winter?

The European robin (scientific, Erithacus rubecula) is a bird we all associate with Christmas due to their usage on cards, decorations and gift wrappings....

The Not So Night Owl

The Algarve region has a good selection of owls, from the tiny Scops Owl to the huge Eagle Owl; the well-known “Tu-whit, tu-who” of...

Is it a bird?

Many years ago, when living in Portugal seemed like a distant dream, I had returned from the Mexican island of Cozumel where I was...

Fire: one of nature’s dangerous sides

My articles are usually about fantastic species of wildlife or subjects to smile about. However, nature is not always kind. Twice in the past...

UPDATE: São Marcos da Serra fire brought under control in just five hours

The extraordinary work of our firefighters was put on display once again when a major fire that broke out on Monday afternoon in São...