Very recently a pair of Red-knobbed Coots are showing clear signs of breeding at an undisclosed location in the Alentejo, Portugal. The site is viewable from a road and as the area is popular with visitors, concerns have been raised as to their well being.

Red-knobbed Coot has never been recorded breeding in Portugal and there are only 22 accepted records. Apparently the female is on eggs.

On the off-chance that anybody should happen to find them from the road please do not be tempted to cross the field in an attempt to get a closer view or to take photographs. Good views can be had with a telescope from the road in question.

It would be a great shame if they were interrupted at this very sensitive time.

Thank-you all