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Unlike the birds in my previous post, the Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) was a common sight in Algarve. Still, always nice to see!

Interesting fact about this bird: Miniature tracking devices have recently shown that the northern wheatear has one of the longest migratory flights known – 30,000 km (18,640 miles), from sub-Saharan Africa to their Arctic breeding grounds.

Impressive! 🙂

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13 responses

  1. Wonderful captures!

    November 5, 2014 at 8:40 PM

  2. Impressive you bet. And these are all some very nice shots. It’s a pretty little bird and surely more hardy than it seems in appearance.

    November 6, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    • Thanks Yvonne! I’m amazed of how tough some of them really are. Quote from Wikipedia: “The northern wheatear makes one of the longest journeys of any small bird, crossing ocean, ice, and desert.”

      November 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      • To know that this little bird crosses all manner of terrain just makes it more astounding than one could possibly believe.

        November 7, 2014 at 1:05 AM

  3. And I struggle to get out of bed.

    November 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    • I know! Imagine being ~15 cm long and flying ~300 km per day..!

      November 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

  4. These are just lovely Camilla!

    November 6, 2014 at 11:23 AM

  5. A beauty!

    November 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM

  6. Gorgeous captures, Camilla, of a lovely little bird.

    November 8, 2014 at 2:36 AM

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