Yesterday was probably one of the most miserable days, weather-wise, that I have spent in Portugal - wet, cold, grey, and very windy (if you watch the news you will see that Spain has had 20 cms of snow).
Today dawned bright and sunny, but cold (the weather we normally get in January) and I took the camera out this afternoon for the first time in many weeks. I was hoping to get some shots of the magnificent Iberian Yellow Wagtails which have just arrived (saw dozens just after dawn this morning), but not a single one in sight.
Compensation was a Caspian Tern, not quite fully moulted to breeding plumage, fishing. Some interesting behaviour here: the water in the lagoon, due to the heavy rain, is the colour of hot chocolate and the terns cannot see the fish. This individual had tagged onto a bunch of Cormorants which were fishing communally - they were in a loose circle and all dived together at which point the water "boiled" with escaping small fish which the Caspian took advantage of.
Unfortunately, the shots of the bird actually diving for fish are very "contra jour" and total ..... These were three "keepers" out of 179 shots.