Penduline Tit is a very special bird for me and I remember twitching my first one at Dungeness RSPB many years ago when it was much rarer in the U.K.
Today, on a quick visit to the 'Parque Natural de Vilamoura' we had a "flock" of seven birds in the reed-lined ditch near the ETAR (sewage treatment works) showing very well. Unfortunately my side-kick ( and I have promised not to mention Roger Skan by name ) gets rather excited and agitated and does lots of arm-waving and diving into reed-beds, which meant that I got no usable photos - I might go back tomorrow without 'Tonto' .
Even better news is that "MY" Red-rumped Swallows arrived early morning (they have nested in the passageway between my house and the garage for five years now). They seemed to be distressed and I remembered that I had blocked the nest entrance with a piece of sponge rubber to keep the House Sparrows out, so I was quickly up a ladder to remove the blockage. By late afternoon they were refurbishing the nest with Helmeted Guinea Fowl feathers from the farm next door - only the best for my very posh "Rumpies".
I can hear them crooning as I type this - wonderful stuff.