Vergillio back and showing well!
The trip started at Lagoa Ginjal photos above. There had been reports of 2 Lesser Yellow Legs, 1 Solitary & 1 Wood Sandpiper previpously to my arrival.
Wood Sandpiper, This bird was present though some what flighty at times. I can't actually recall seeing any other Wood Sandpipers on the Azores previously to this visit.
These 2 Juvenile Lesser Yellow Legs were present and showed well at Ginjal but I did not see them or the Wood Sandpiper after my first visit.
Pool da Praia, Had a look at this site each day and was surprised to see a group of 20 Black Tailed Gowits feeding in the field at the back of the pool. I also saw the White Winged Tern here on 2 occassions this trip.
Great Blue Heron still present and showing quite well at times although can go missing when it goes in to the left hand corner of the pool. I also had it flying high towards Praia one morning as it took off from the pool.
Cabo Da Praia quarry at low tide. ((all roads to and from the Azores start and finish with a visit to this excellent wader site)).
Kentish Plovers are doing well in the quarry with at least 4 fresh young chicks around 2 days old were present and being brooded by the adults during my visit.
The White Winged Tern was present although extremeley elusive and only seemed to appear at the run off of high tide during 4 consecutive visits.
This female Blue Winged Teal was new in and it came in to the quarry straight off the sea and began feeding straight away upon it's arrival.
The beauty of the quarry is that you can get close to the birds and get some reasonable photo opportunities at times. This Juv Ringed Plover allowed a few close shots.
Moulting adult Semi Palmated Sandpiper & Ringed Plover, this was the only Semi Palmated Sandpiper I saw all trip and was disapointed that there were no juveniles present.
Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper & Ringed Plover, this was one of 3 Juveniles present and also a single adult bird.
Ringed Plover, Pec and Semi P Sand.
Adult Pectoral Sandpiper after a shower had just passed through.
The rocky pools just the other side of the Sea Wall at Praia Quarry, 3 Whimbrels were present on these rocks on the first visit.
Whilst walking in to Praia along the Harbour, I noticed a lone Wader feeding on insects on the concrete slipway. I only had my bins and when I raised them to check what the bird was I was stunned to be looking at a pristine, fresh, juvenile Western Sandpiper. I had to go back to the hotel, grab my scope and camera's. As I returned the bird was not present and so I checked the beach, where I could not locate the bird. Then I walked back to the Harbour and was pleased to see the bird still present. I managed to get these photos before the bird flew off high towards the port at 10:40.
Just so you get the idea of how close it actually was at times, making it difficult to get photos of the bird at times due to being to close and quite often running around feeding on flies and other insects.
They don't get much better than this !