Saw my first purple heron of 2009 today, in flight at Parque Ambientale at Vilamoura. Bit special for me, because it was a purple heron which was the first bird I saw on a visit to Quarteira last March, and which got me interested in birdng in Portugal. Only one mediocre quality picture from today's sighting, not good enough to publish.
Also saw a pair of Squacco herons in flight, got some improved pictures of Cetti's warblers, and had a cormorant pay me a visit in my hide. He was so close that I had to take emergency action and zoom out. Some super pictures from that which I will publish in due course. The hide must work OK, because even that close he was totally unaware of my being there.