Griffon Vulture (grifo)

Scientific name: Gyps fulvus

Monfrague National Park (Spain)

Grifo – Parque Nacional de Monfrague (Espanha)

The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is a large Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae.

The Griffon Vulture is 93–110 cm (37–43 in) long with a 230–280 cm (91–111 in) wingspan; it weighs between 6 and 13 kg (13.2 and 29 lb). Hatched naked, it is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a very white bald head, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff and yellow bill. The buff body and wing coverts contrast with the dark flight feathers.

Like other vultures, it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often moving in flocks. It grunts and hisses at roosts or when feeding on carrion.

Little is known about the average life-span of these birds. It is approximated at 50 to 70 years in the wild, but the oldest death recorded in captivity is 118 years old.[2]

It breeds on crags in mountains in southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia, laying one egg. Griffon Vultures may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident.

Lesser Flamingo (flamingo-pequeno)

Scientific name: Phoenicopterus minor

Gaia Biological Park (Portugal)

Flamingo-pequeno – Parque Biológico de Gaia

The Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor) is a species in the flamingo family of birds that resides in Africa (principally in the Great Rift Valley) and in southern Asia. Birds are occasionally reported from further north, but these are generally considered to be escapees.

O flamingo-pequeno (Phoeniconaias minor) é uma ave da família Phoenicopteridae. É um pouco menor que o flamingo-comum, distinguindo-se pelas tonalidades mais intensas da plumagem e pelo bico escuro. Este flamingo distribui-se pela África tropical, sendo muito raro na Europa. Existem algumas observações em Portugal, mas não se sabe se as aves em causa eram genuinamente selvagens.

Parque da Cidade (Oporto) em actualização

The Parque da Cidade (City Park) is the city’s biggest (and most recent) green area and the biggest urban park in the country with 83 ha. It’s location by the ocean makes it perfect for surfers, morning joggers and weekend picnic fans. It’s the only public park in the country that is connected to the sea, and it’s beach is mostly packed on weekends with surfers.

O Parque da Cidade é o maior parque urbano do país, com uma superfície de 83 hectares de áreas verdes naturalizadas que se estendem até ao Oceano Atlântico, conferindo-lhe este facto, uma particularidade rara a nível mundial. É um local privilegiado para os adeptos do jogging, para fazer um pic-nic ou simplesmente para passear.

One of the 4 lakes in the park