Just back from a week in the Algarve - staying in the delightful town of Tavira with its abundance of historic churches, great restaurants, convivial squares and majestic river - but never mind the seafood and the sun ... this is what I will remember most keenly.
A white stork on the riverbank (I was in a boat) - its nest was on top of a chimney a couple of hundred yards away. They are such elegant birds and so mesmerising to see at close quarters.
I didn't get quite so near the flamingos who feed at one of the salt pans - but I'm content enough with the photo below (complete with hardy cyclist).
And two of the more noteworthy local industries - the salt pans, which produce what I am told is 'tip-top' table salt, and the oyster beds. Take a look!
But let me close as this blog began with another shot of that wonderfully distinguished white stork.
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