Mantises of Portugal

The mantis, an insect having over 2,400 different species, is often seen although only two species are commonly found in Portugal. They are often nicknamed Praying mantis due to their upright [...]

Busy springtime

Springtime is in full swing and many bird species are already in action, with some already raising young. First, I want to introduce “Bluey and Roxy”, a pair of Blue Rock thrushes that I have [...]

Greater flamingos

It often comes as a surprise that Portugal has large populations of greater flamingos with multiple locations to view them right here in the Algarve. As the name may suggest, the greater flamingo [...]

Louisiana Crayfish

Camera shy A discarded claw from either a fight or an otter Putting up a fight Louisiana Crayfish As the name suggests, the Louisiana Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) is native to the southern [...]

Tarantula wolf spider

  If I told you to describe a tarantula, you would probably respond with words along the lines of “big”, “hairy”, “dangerous” and maybe “not here in Portugal!” Well, you may be surprised to [...]

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