The migratory patterns of the most varied species of animals (including humans) have been studied over time. Today we know the routes, the destinations, the intermediate stops, the duration... basically everything there is to know. However, from time to time a phenomenon happens. Winds from Africa drag to us some hawks whose route does not pass by here, a bird exclusive of tropical waters flies up to northern regions, another bird crosses the Atlantic and settles in the old world... usually these "anomalies" are the target of exacerbated interest on the part of the ornithological community, generating authentic pilgrimages to see these animals.
But what about the birds? What fate awaits them? If it is true that a Falco vespertinus or a Sula leucogaster can easily return to its origins, it is unlikely that a Porzana carolina will ever again set foot on American soil...
With only 3 records in Portugal, this little grebe is one of these phenomena. Dressed in his best colors, in the middle of the nuptial season, his incessant vocalizations can not cross the ocean that separates him from the other members of his species. Will he spend the rest of his life among us as center of attention, surrounded by photographers, observers and curious, but still unpromisingly... alone?
- Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
- Sesimbra (01-07-2017)