The Ria Formosa is one of the most important wetlands for aquatic birds in Portugal, get close to nature and immerse yourself in this wonderful area!
- SPECIFICALLY THE QUINTA DO LAGO AND LUDO AREA
- STUNNING SCENERY, WETLANDS AND AQUATIC
- FULL GUIDED TOUR WITH AN EXPERIENCED GUIDE
- USE OF TELESCOPE/BINOCULARS
- FIELD GUIDE AVAILABLE
- DURATION 3 HOURS
- TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE, SEND ENQUIRY FOR QUOTATION
- FAMILY FRIENDLY
- DEPARTURE TIMES 8.30AM
- DRESS CASUALLY AND COMFORTABLY WITH SENSIBLE SHOES.
**Don't Forget Sun Block!
On this tour we explore the pine woodlands of Pontal were we encounter species like the Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus), Great Tit (Parus major) and the Red-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis). In the surrounding reedbeds one can easily find the Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) and the Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus).
Further ahead we explore an interesting complex of saltpans where are Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) and the colourful Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) are common. This is also a important breeding site for the elegant Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) and the lovely Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus).
When we approach the stream of São Lourenço, our first sighting are the ever present Coot (Fulica atra). A closer look allow to observe birds like the Gadwall (Anas strepera), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) and the Garganey (Anas querquedula).
On the surrounding eucalyptus trees one has great views of the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia). On this tour sightings of the Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) and the Black Kite (Milvus migrans) are frequent during winter and with luck one may have great views of the Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus).
Our tour ends at the bird hide at Quinta do Lago. This is an extraordinary site for bird watching rare species in Portugal. Here we have excellent opportunities to observe rare birds like the Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) which is the symbol of this Natural Park, Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) and the Kingfisher (Alcedo attis).