Monday, February 23, 2015

Portugal - Peniche

I am in Portugal now for a few days of meetings. Had a very long day today - drove from Campo Maior in the east all the way to Peniche in the NW. I met one of Portugal's Great Bustard experts who lives there. Managed half an hour of driving along the coast after lunch. Very impressive, wild coastline. Quite many birds around - many gulls (mainly yellow-legged, 1 med), some Cory's Shearwaters, a few Shags, Gannets etc. 

Yellow-legged Gulls

I was very pleased with myself for finding a Glaucous Gull at the fish harbour - in fact a much-desired WP tick. Later on I found out from local birders that there are three there...

Glaucous Gull

Peniche beach. In reality the horizon was straight - this is a panoramic artifact...

Not far from Cabo Carvoeiro, the westernmost point of continental Europe, Berlenga Island in the back:

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