Six word Saturday


There is a season,

Turn, turn….


In Faro old town, in the Algarve, it was mating season for storks.  Everywhere you looked, they were swooping through the sky, calling and shrieking to each other.  The cacophony had everyone riveted to the spot, staring upwards.  Try as I might, I couldn’t capture a good photo of these magnificent creatures in flight.  I was always a wing beat, if not two, behind them.



Fortunately, the architecture almost compensates.  Have you noticed the seasons changing?  The Weekly Photo Challenge would love you to share. Me, I’ll probably be singing ‘that song’ all day!

And popping in to see Cate at Six Word Saturday, of course.  Enjoy your weekend!  Hope to see you on Monday, for a walk.



  1. Photographing birds is a real specialty. I don’t know how they do it. Patience and long lenses, I suppose. You did get some good standing pictures of them, though, and that one with the bird in flight. They’re beautiful birds. Lovely churches too.

  2. Have to say that ‘that’ song is the inspiration for my offering this week, and although on a slightly different theme to yours it does include Portugal 🙂 Only bird I see here at the moment is a cheeky blackbird who loves to dig in my pots at this time of year looking for worms and nesting material I suppose. he does make one helluva mess though – soil everywhere! I shall do my best to get a photo of the culprit.

  3. Storks aren’t a feature of life here, but I remember longing to get out of the car on the way to Gryżyna in a village that had heaps of storks (and fantastic brickwork as well). Your shots compensate a bit for not being able to stop then. Thank you and also for value-added architecture.

    My first encounter with storks, as with many of my first encounters, was though fiction, in this case “The wheel on the roof” by Meindert DeJong. My Polish grandson is very familiar with them: when he saw an ibis in Brisbane he said “Funny stork.”

    1. I’ve not heard of that book, Meg. You are awfully well-read. 🙂 Impossible to avoid storks in the Algarve (or beautiful architecture) but I’ve never witnessed the ‘courtship’ ritual. Quite inspiring 🙂

      1. Wonder if the small babies all come from Portugal coz an old (danish ?) saying tells that this bird deliver all the babies – in Alsace there are tons of storks too – but I have never seen them fly with babies “hanging” in their beaks – probably Alsace is their pit stop when work done… 😀

  4. Hi Jo,
    No storks around here, neither nesting nor in flight. But we did have some turkeys in the garden yesterday [].
    I like the architecture in your photos.
    Have a great weekend,

  5. We witnessed the storks when we were in Faro. They were fascinating! No change of seasons here in Ontario as of yet but I hear Spring is just around the corner😉

  6. Beautiful shots of the church, Jo. Love how the colour white contrasts with the grey clouds above. Worked well. I really like how you just captured that bird in the last shot. It almost looks as if it was trying to not be in the shot 😀 Maybe they were keen on mating with each other as you mentioned 😀 Happy weekend.

    1. There are 3 or 4 really lovely churches in Faro, Mabel, and we were just having a wander on a rather unsettled day. Yes, that one is the one that ‘almost got away’. 🙂 Many thanks! Hope you’re having a happy time too.

  7. This is the land of the crow only, this time of year. No big birds, ever, except the odd flock of wild turkeys occasionally trooping across the curving unpaved road to work just before sunrise, daring me to hit them.

    1. And you haven’t succeeded yet, Ron? 🙂 Reminds me of a very defiant crow I saw out on a walk yesterday. He was very vocal too. I thought it sounded like a complaint about the weather. 🙂

    1. The old side of Faro is very lovely, Colline. A marina and views out to sea from the belfries, too. Thanks, darlin’. 🙂 Zumba and shopping ticked off. Meeting a friend for coffee soon. (and then I desparately need to catch up with some blogs 🙂 )

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