Another of my favourite places to enjoy gulls on their travels is Quarteira, Faro on the south coast of Portugal. There are gull hot spots at a number of sites along this coastline - pretty much any coastal area with a fishing port is worth a look! However...Quarteira was one of the first places that our Guernsey Lesser Black-backed Gulls were reported from in the autumn and winter of 2008 and 2009. It was Michael Davis, a birder and gull enthusiast from Ireland, who made me aware of Quarteira's potential. Michael is now spending a little more time over the winter in the area, and as a result he is providing a very nice series of observations for the Guernsey projects. His last submissions for October and November involved 50 sightings and included a wonderful batch of photos...which I want to share on the blog...a reminder for Catherine and me of some very happy times spent in the Quarteira area.
"Guernsey" Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Quarteira (c) Michael Davis