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Springtime is almost upon us and the early mornings are a chorus of returning song birds competing to attract a mate. One returning bird has no such song as they lack the ability to sing; the...

Sue Parker looks back on four years of writing a monthly column for Algarve Resident.

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop (or in this case pause) the story” – this...

Sue Parker investigates a group of organisms that continue to tax taxonomists

Slippery characters – obsequious sycophants who grovel and fawn – often have a treacherous and altogether more...

We recently visited the Higher Agricultural School (part of Castelo Branco Polytechnic), situated in 166 hectares of countryside, offering many animal-geared professional courses and degrees. They...

After a punishing summer, Sue Parker says there is so much to look forward to

I have always jokingly referred to high summer in the Algarve as ‘The Dead of Summer’. It is our least...

Sue Parker finds signs of underworld involvement in fraud and deception

In the ups and downs of foraging for food, fruitless searches are compensated by those magical moments when you find...

If you’ve had the misfortune of entertaining dull or dreary house guests this summer, I send you my commiserations. In comparison, playing host to a pair of Red-rumped swallows has been far from...

Sue Parker finds fearsome fiends behind friendly façades

Here’s the kind of interaction that teaches one to leave other people’s dogs alone:

‘Does your dog bite?’
‘No; he’s...

Ornithologist Dr. Manfred Temme reports his encounters with a Dutch Eurasian Spoonbill through the years.

Scientific bird ringing, or banding, began on the Curonian Spit, in former East...

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