Back in the Algarve after an absence of 7 months, and very pleased to be back!
Today was my first day out in my favourite birding spot, the Parque Ambientale near Vilamoura. The ducks in the attached photos unfortunately would not give me a clear view, always staying partly concealed by reeds, but I think they are Ferruginous Ducks. There were 3 or 4 of them in a smaqll group. I've not seen them before, but I think the overall colour together with the black tip on the beak and the white rump determine it. I would welcome confirmation.