Spring in the Eastern Algarve: pretty or prickly , big or small

The beach and fort area by Cabanas seems to be teeming with bird life and emerging plants and flowers. The old pines have taken a battering from the elements but this seems to be unmanaged land and there seem to be no plans to replace them

The big and beautiful old pines by the fort,. Hoopoes and goldfinches seen around them.
The big and beautiful old pines by the fort,. Hoopoes and goldfinches seen aroundBermuda buttercups in the almond orchards with egrets. Bermuda buttercups in the almond orchards with egrets. 

In the almond orchards there are beautiful yellow flowers but these are not natural and  are resistant to pesticides, possibly a Well done to the plant world but these beauties are poisonous to livestock. Although called buttercups they belong to the oxalis family and can poison grazing animals. Therefore NOT the livestock farmer’s friend.

Prickly pears and white broom: lygos
Prickly pears and white broom: lygos
Parasitic broomrape  just emerging on the beach and looking for a host.
Parasitic broomrape just emerging on the beach and looking for a host.
Some waders, possibly whimbrels
Some waders, possibly whimbrels
Big birdd feet on the beach, possibly curlew, also seen and much bigger than the whimbrel .
Big bird feet on the beach, possibly curlew, also seen and much bigger than the whimbrel .
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