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Eastern Algarve, Portugal 15th - 22nd September 2013

  • 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.

Southern Portugal 10th-27th September 2012

  • 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.

Western Algarve, 28th April to 5th May 2012.

  • 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.

Portugal April 28th-May 2nd 2012

  • 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.

Southern Portugal 26th March-2nd April, 2012

  • 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.

Southern Portugal 4th-11th April, 2011

  • 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 September 22nd - 29th 2010 a report in .pdf format (150kB) by Brian & Isabel Eady.

Portugal 28th April - 5th May 2010

  • 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 October 4th- 22nd 2008

  • 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 7 - 15 March 2008

  • 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 March 2008

  • 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.

Algarve and Alentejo May - June 2007

  • 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 Knight reports

Quinta Da Lago, Algarve, May 12th-18th 2007

  • 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

Southern Portugal 17-24 March 2007

  • 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.

Iberian Birding Trip to Faro, Portugal and Coto Doñana Spain 12th December – 15th December 2004

  • 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 September 18th - 26th 2004

  • 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 & Alentejo May 6th to May 20th 2004

  • 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.

Southern Portugal 29th April - 13 May 2004

  • 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 report.

Portugal 29th December 2003 to 12th January 2004

  • 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 Lillywhite

Southern Portugal June 24th - July 8th 2003

  • 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 sketches.


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Some Useful bird books for Portugal:
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Prion Birdwatchers' Guide to Portugal and Madeira
Costa, Moore et al: Buy from or

  • A comprehensive guide to 32 of the best birdwatching sites, giving details of location, access, best times to visit, bird species expected...

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

Birdwatching Guide to the Algarve
Kevin Carlson: Buy from or

  • A useful site guide and essential reading for the area.

Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East
Lars Jonsson: Buy from

  • A highly illustrated guide covering all but a few of the Western Palearctic's breeding birds, and includes information on all regularly encountered vagrants. "If you only take one field guide with you in Europe, then take this one. It leaves the others standing."

Recommended Travel Books for Portugal:

Portugal:the Rough Guide
Mark Ellingham: Buy from or

  • Features of this guide to Portugal include: reviews of hotels and restaurants right across the country; accounts of all the sights and monuments; practical tips on exploring the national parks and finding the best beaches; and entertaining background to the country.

Eyewitness Travel Guides: Portugal
Dorling Kindersley: Buy from or

  • Organised district by district this is an illustrated guidebook to Portugal where every significant sight, location, building, museum and gallery as well as major shops, hotels and restaurants are shown. They are placed on the page alongside the latest and most practical information

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