Spoonbill, Dunlin and Sardinian Warbler
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The saltpans at Tavira, Portugal offer excellent opportunities to see and photograph wetlands birds in Europe.

On a visit in May 2012 I watched a Eurasian Spoonbill just a sort distance away. On subsequent visits over a few days it was always present in about the same place. The image on the right is one of the best I have of this bird in breeding plumage.

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A little way further on and just across the road, large numbers of Dunlin (left) enabled me to get a good shot showing the black belly patch which is an identification feature.

Avocets, Black-winged Stilts and quite a few Kentish Plover were also present.

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Finally the hedges and vegetation around the saltpans provided some good views of the male and female Sardinian Warbler. This shot of the male (left) shows the orange eye-ring. If you would like to see more detail you can double click on these images to see an enlarged photograph.

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