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Full Day Birdwatching At Ria Formosa From Portimao
Full Day Birdwatching At Ria Formosa From Portimao
8 hours

We will spend the morning at a complex of saltpans and lagoons behind Faro airport. The saltpans are usually a good place to see Flamingos and Shelducks. In the reedbeds around, you can hear Cettis Warbler. In the lagoons, many ducks are present in winter Mallards, Gadwalls, Teals, Shovelers, Wigeons, Pochards, Tufted Ducks and Red-crested Pochards. After looking at these lagoons, we will walk along a golf course on the way to a bird hide. The green is a good place to see Hoopoes, Azure-winged Magpies and Waxbills. The hide overlooks a lagoon where Purple Swamphen, Black-headed Weavers and Little Bitterns breed. In the afternoon, we will drive near Tavira and spend a couple of hours birdwatching at the saltpans. This place is also part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and is good for waders. Flamingos are often seen, feeding in the lagoons with Avocets and Black-winged Stilts. On the dykes between the lagoons, we usually see Kentish and Ringed Plovers, Dunlins, Sanderlings, Little Stints and Little Terns. Audouins Gulls are also regularly seen with Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

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From US$ 110.92
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Half Day Birdwatching At Ria Formosa From Portimao
Half Day Birdwatching At Ria Formosa From Portimao
4 hours

We will spend the morning at a complex of saltpans and lagoons behind Faro airport. The saltpans are usually a good place to see Flamingos and Shelducks. In the reedbeds around, you can hear Cettis Warbler. In the lagoons, many ducks are present in winter Mallards, Gadwalls, Teals, Shovelers, Wigeons, Pochards, Tufted Ducks and Red-crested Pochards. After looking at these lagoons, we will walk along a golf course on the way to a bird hide. The green is a good place to see Hoopoes, Azure-winged Magpies and Waxbills. The hide overlooks a lagoon where Purple Swamphen, Black-headed Weavers and Little Bitterns breed.

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From US$ 84.96
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Portimao: Sagres Birdwatching
Portimao: Sagres Birdwatching
8 hours

We spend the day in the Costa Vicentina and Sudoeste Alentejano Natural Park, exploring the Sagres area. We are actually at the south-western tip of Europe. Our first stop is near Sagres fortress. The area has a few bushes where some migrants can be seen, although the area is better for migration in the autumn. Woodchat Shrike and Wheatears can be seen. Seawatching from the cliffs will provide Gannets and sometimes a Shearwater or a Great Skua. Black Redstart and Blue Rock Thrush can be seen along the cliffs. We will then move to one of the best spots to watch raptor migration in the autumn. In spring, the area has many flowers and several species of warblers breed there and allow us to see them. Local birds of prey include Short-toed Eagle and Kestrel, joined by Vultures, Kites, Eagles, Falcons, Harriers and Buzzards in the autumn. In spite of this abundance dont expect to see them all on the same day The area is also surrounded by a small pinewood where Serins are common. We spend the morning there and have lunch in the shade of small pine trees looking for more birds, like finches or Thekla Larks. We spend the first part of the afternoon at Cape St Vincent. It is also one of the only places where it is possible to see White Storks breeding on cliffs along the sea. We finish the day exploring the area between Cape St Vincent and Vila do Bispo Vale Santo. It is a regular breeding place for Little Bustards. As farming is extensive, many species can be seen. Quails are found in fields with a lot of vegetation. It is also a usual place for Southern Grey Shrike.

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From US$ 88.50
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Portimao: Monchique Birdwatching
Portimao: Monchique Birdwatching
8 hours

As the Algarve is not limited to the coast, we explore the hills around Monchique. Unfortunately, a big part of the area has been planted with Eucalyptus but there are still some nice patches with Cork Oaks. We spend the morning exploring Foia, the highest point 902 m and its surroundings. If the weather is clear, it is possible to see a big part of the coast. We will look for 3 species Black Redstart, Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting. The scrubby areas host Whitethroat, Sardinian, Dartford and Melodious Warblers. We usually explore another area, lower, with more trees. There we can see Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Short-toed Treecreeper and Jay. In terms of birds of prey, Kestrel and Buzzard are the most common species. However, Sparrowhawk, Short-toed or Bonellis Eagle are found in the area. We then go to Caldas de Monchique, a small spa village, for lunch, under the shade of big trees, listening to water running, Nuthatch, Great and Blue Tit and watching Grey Wagtails. We spend the afternoon walking around the place and enjoying it. Firecrest, Nightingale, Blackcap and Robin are usually spotted. We finish the day with a well deserved drink.

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Portimao: Alvor Dunes Birdwatching
Portimao: Alvor Dunes Birdwatching
4 hours

The afternoon is spent exploring the Alvor dunes from a boardwalk. A few passerines can be found in the vegetation Crested Lark, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Goldfinch, and Greenfinch. If the tide is low, we can see the mudflats in the Ria de Alvor estuary and all the waders present Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Grey Plovers, Dunlins, Whimbrels. In spring, a few species use the dunes to breed, like Short-toed Larks, Kentish Plovers and Little Terns. We may see Kentish Plovers families or displaying Little Terns.The walk back to the car will be on the beach, and it is always possible to stop for a swim. Then, we will walk along the Ria de Alvor marsh, looking for more waders or Bluethroats in winter. We finish the day with a drink or an ice cream near the sea.

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Portimao: Abicada & Alvor Dunes Birdwatching
Portimao: Abicada & Alvor Dunes Birdwatching
8 hours

We start the day by a tidal lagoon. Many waders can be seen on the mudflats Oystercatchers, Whimbrels, Ringed and Grey Plovers, Dunlins, Redshanks, Bar-tailed Godwits, Turnstones. The path goes on the dykes, along this lagoon and a marsh. Coots are usually seen on the lagoon, sometimes with Flamingos and Spoonbills. On the marsh, depending on the water level, greater or fewer numbers of birds are present. Black-winged Stilts can be quite abundant. After walking on the dyke, we cross a farmland area with some typical trees Carob, Fig and Almond trees. It is a good place to see Woodchat Shrikes and Red-legged Partridges. This path will lead us to the roman ruins of Abicada. Unfortunately, there is not much to see as the vegetation has invaded the ruins. From there, we also have a nice view of a small marsh. Marsh Harrier, Spoonbills and Black-winged Stilts are usually present. It is possible to see Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, Purple Heron and Avocet in Spring. Then, we come back to the car on the same track. The afternoon is spent exploring the Alvor dunes from a boardwalk. A few passerines can be found in the vegetation Crested Lark, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Goldfinch, and Greenfinch. If the tide is low, we can see the mudflats in the Ria de Alvor estuary and all the waders present Oystercatchers, Sanderlings, Grey Plovers, Dunlins, Whimbrels. In spring, a few species use the dunes to breed, like Short-toed Larks, Kentish Plovers and Little Terns. We may see Kentish Plovers families or displaying Little Terns. The walk back to the car will be on the beach, and it is always possible to stop for a swim. Then, we will walk along the Ria de Alvor marsh, looking for more waders or Bluethroats in winter. We finish the day with a drink or an ice cream near the sea.

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From US$ 66.08
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Portimao: Pelagic Boat Trip
Portimao: Pelagic Boat Trip
3 hours

This tour is done in partnership with Beachut Water Sports and leaves from Praia da Luz or Lagos. We will be at sea in Lagos bay and try to see species hard to see from the coast. They will be attracted by bait prepared previously. It will be possible to see Gannets, various species of Shearwaters, Storm-Petrels, Gulls, Skuas and Phalaropes. This trip will also provide nice views of the coast and maybe dolphins

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From US$ 67.26
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Portimao: Ria De Alvor Walking Tour
From US$ 35.40
From US$ 35.40