I recently visited the Algarve region of Portugal for a week holiday with Erin, was a great part of the world and had a brilliant time. The region is rich with wildlife and luckily i got to spend some time observing it. A big thanks goes to Simon Wates (http://algarvebirdman.com/default.asp?o=10478) who spent a day showing me around, without an expert of the local area i definitely wouldn't have had the opportunity to see so many birds! Although saying that i did manage to spot a fair bit just taking local trips from my resort. So much was seen that i am going to seperate these posts into a few parts, this first section is focusing on the smaller birds i saw and future posts will focus on the raptors, sea birds, waders and other wildlife i saw. Hope everyone enjoys seeing my pictures, my new Nikon 300mm F4 lens is definitely helping me get some great shots and these were all great moments for me. I have included species names and where they were seen as this may inspire others thinking of visiting Portugal of places to visit. Cheers! Ben.