The first weekend of October sees the fourth Sagres Bird Festival take place and signals that it is time for me to head to Cabranosa and the Sagres peninsula for the sixth successive autumn.
Although I’ll miss most of the festivities, it’ll be great to meet some of the folk on the final day of the event. Then its a few days of visible migration as birds funnel down to the southwest tip of mainland Europe.
Who knows what is on the cards for 2013. Recent years have seen several Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina, Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus, regular Ruppell’s Vulture Gyps ruppellii, the odd Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus cirtensis and African White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus appear over a little hill in the wild part of the Algarve. One top of that there is an abundance of seabirds and passerines, dolphins and bigger cetaceans, plus roosting gulls nearby and the Odonata numbers can blow your mind with over 3,000,000 a day passing when conditions are right.
For a taste of Sagres, check out the 2013 promotional video.