Last episode of the blog found us enjoying the tail end of the autumn raptor migration on the south west corner of Portugal.
Now two months later, Christmas is all but over, many many bird sightings and kilometres later we are back at one of our favourite little caravan parks for the rest of the Festive Period enjoying the benefit of electricity and wifi, here at Figueria Caravan Park
|Beach art at Boca do Rio|
|Watched this skilled guy|
|Sadly all washed away by the next high tide|
|Windscreen sunset over the Atlantic|
|Pulo do Lobo waterfall|
|Alfred Hitchcock moment!|
|Digging is exhausting|
|But it must be done!|
|Sunset at Carrapateira|
It might be December but it's still warm and sunny most days, some days we are on the beach in tee shirts and shorts, but it's cold at nights and in the early mornings until the sun gets overhead. We were up just before daylight a few days ago to take some friends to show them this beastie that we found on our last visit to this spot, thanks to some intelligence from a fellow UK birdwatcher we have come to know. Alas he was hiding that day (the owl not the birdwatcher) but we were all wearing down jackets, hats and gloves and were still shivering!
|European eagle owl|
Most of our time has been spent "wild camping" as we prefer to do, we've been up in the remote Steppe lands in the Alentejo region of Portugal which is allegedly the hottest and driest part of this wonderful country, looking for and this time succeeding in finding the elusive Great Bustards and cranes. Whilst in the area we also visited a number of villages and towns we haven't been to before and enjoyed exploring their tiny cobbled streets and castles.
|Spanish Imperial eagle making the most of|
|A gorgeous overnight spot, remote and peaceful|
between Castro Verde and Mertola
|Looking across the Steppe from our |
high spot by the chapel
|Moura castle Keep|
|Flowery cobbled lane in Serpa|
|Common Cranes near Moura|
|Rooftop Garden in Moura|
|Yours truly ascending |
Beja castle keep
|Worth it for the view from the top|
|Interesting art feature outside a Beja house|
|Beja Street art|
We've had another few days at Alvor lagoon looking out of the bedroom window on flamingoes and black winged stilts and here we got some wonderful views of a pair of Black Winged Kites who are not shy and obliged very favourably for the photographer.
In early November we had a week here, a quiet tranquil spot in the campo which had a real getting away from it all feel. Very friendly Dutch owner and clients, didn't improve my language skills though as they all spoke English very efficiently but we were made very welcome.
Our friends Glen and Pete arrived on 1st December, they have been here in their camper the last couple of years and we met up now and then but they have now sold "Bertie the Burstner" and have rented an apartment for three months instead. LAst week we all went owl hunting and we're meeting up for a walk again soon and are planning a New Year's day get together.
|Flamingo at Alvor lagoon|
|Oystercatchers and a caspian tern|
|Pete and Glen being studious|
It'll then be time for us to begin our trek homewards with a very special someone to meet when we get home. Our grandson, Percy Thomas Crompton was born on 12th December, he was due today, on Boxing Day but arrived two weeks early. A little brother for a very proud Hattie, now five and a half and in Year One at school.