also: Trip reports from the Azores
Eastern Algarve, Portugal
- Santa Luzia, our base, is at the eastern end of this beautiful 40 mile stretch of protected coastline and adjacent lagoons and as it turned out, practically all my birdwatching was centred upon it...Nigel Webber reports.
- This was our first holiday in Portugal. We found the people friendly, wildlife sites accessible and abundant, and sightings exciting from Bald Ibis and Purple Gallinule near the coast, to Great Bustard and Black-bellied Sandgrouse on the Plains...Alan Miller reports.
- A new tick for the Algarve list was a Hawfinch, seen flying between two pines. Other birds seen here were Jay, Robin, White Wagtail, Green Woodpecker and a Western Bonelli’s Warbler....Nigel Genn reports.
- On the way back down the track the two Europeans had stopped their car and were photographing something, which turned out to be 29 Great Bustards, one of which obligingly gave us (and his small harem) the full bubble-bath. In almost forty years of birding on several continents this may be the single most magical thing I have ever seen, especially when the whole flock briefly took flight...John Knight reports.
- It’s time for lunch on a hill top overlooking these dramatic plains, with a superb male pale-throated Black-eared Wheatear playing ‘King of the Castle’ on a hill top pillar, while seven Montagu’s Harriers patrol the meadow down below...Chris Hall reports.
- To the north, at Rocha de Pena, a Short-toed Eagle drifts right overhead; absolutely fabulous, just like the scenery...Chris Hall reports
South Eastern Algarve a report in .pdf format (150kB) by Brian & Isabel Eady.
- We decided to sit out on our balconies and watch the comings and goings of the birds over the lagoons which held Little Egret, Grey Plover, Whimbrel, Redshank, Turnstone, Little Ringed Plover, Yellow-legged Gull and Little Terns were up and down fishing in the shallow waters...Mike Fox reports.
Andalucia, Algarve, Tangier, Lisboa
- Possibly the strangest birding site of the trip is at Quinta de Lago. After driving around the strange American-like golfing resort we managed to find the pathway along the estuary that runs parallel with the golf course...Derek Gruar reports.
Lisbon and Central Portugal
- Without travelling too far from Lisbon a wide range of habitats may be encountered which are adjacent to each other maximising the chances of stumbling across a good spread of species...Mark Easterbrook reports
One week Birdwatching at Tavira, Algarve, Portugal
- My wife and I had a pleasant time in warm sunshine mainly centred on the saltpans which are part of the ria Formosa natural park. We saw about 80 species of birds which included large flocks of migrating waders and some leaf warblers....Alec Cheney reports.
- The main reason
for visting was of course the Great Bustards, and I picked up
four from a farm track near San Marcos
de Ataboeria; there was a Little
Bustard calling off the same track and I flushed a Quail....John
Da Lago, Algarve,
- I continued to
the coast turning right from the hide towards Quinta Do Lago
and soon had my attention on various waders feeding on the
tidal mud. A flock of 100 Knot in breeding plumage was a stunning
sight as they rose as one, disturbed by a low flying White
Stork...Andy Meaton reports
- As we had arrived
in the dark I had no idea what our local area was like
so my pre-breakfast outing was a walk to get a feel of the place.
Almost the first bird seen was Hoopoe, and Serins were
singing all around. Within five minutes I had my first
lifer in Azure-winged Magpie, which turned out to
be common in the area. Already I was starting to like this
place!...Glen and Debbie Moore report.
Birding Trip to Faro, Portugal and Coto Doñana Spain
- We had an excellent trip and saw just a couple
of species shy of 150 birds in those short winter days. Most of
us had not been to any of the sites before. On Monday we had booked
John Butler to guide us....David Arch reports
Independent Bird Watching
in the Algarve and Alentejo area
- After watching Azure Winged Magpies, the
Moscovy Duck, Kingfishers and Wagtails from our balcony we ventured
down to a breakfast, this was served in a delightful room over
looking the river. The drive north and then west along the N122/123
towards Castro Verde was beautiful. We took our time, with me
on lookout duties. We were rewarded with stunning close views
of a pair of Great Bustard who were in no hurry to exit....Pearl
Claydon and Alasdair Bulloch report.
Southern Portugal, Algarve
- If you are thinking of visiting the Algarve
for birds make your visit soon, as building developments in the
form of Resorts, Marinas and Golf Courses are taking over many
of the better birding areas, which seem to be given little or
no protection .....Ron & Val Moat report.
- We returned to Quinto do Rocha but
it was a wet and miserable day so we used the car as a hide with
occasional dashes out with the scope when the rain stopped. There
were more waders out on the sandspit today. A local birder told
us that the sandspit is a good place to see Audouin's Gull but
most of the individuals will be juveniles and hence a bit tricky
to identify at long distance....Alan and Rose Saunders
- Portugal is not like a conventional birding
holiday for Amanda & I; we have now visited the Algarve
10 times since 1992...David & Amanda Mason
report + Brief update by Phil
- Even if this was a typical family holiday
with wife and kids, I was still hoping to find time to enjoy
some good birding. And I really did, in less than two weeks
(June 24th and July 8th were merely "transport"
days) I did see plenty of interesting birds, many of them
new to me. Considering this was late June/early July with
few or no migrants around, I was very impressed and pleased....Trond
Haugskott reports. Some superb (clickable) bird
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