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Great Spotted Cuckoo - Clamator glandarius

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This handsome cuckoo is one of the earliest migrants to arrive in the Algarve from its African winter quarters. The first of the year are with us by February, a few even at the end of January, to be in good time for the breeding season of their host species, Magpie being a particular target. This photograph was taken on 25th February.

 

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