Birding Migration Tour in Southern Portugal
An extended 8-day birdwatching tour in Southern Portugal with a professional Birding and Photography Guide for group sizes from 2 to 20 people, with professional Birding and Photography Guide. 4 Full Day Trips (Plains of the Alentejo, Sagres Peninsula, Lagoa S. André, Faro Salt Pans) + 2 Half, (Cork Forests, Kingfisher Hide). Bustards, Raptors, Shore birds Cliff & farmland species! Full Board at 5* rated EcoLodge.
Pricing based on twin/double occupancy. Single supplement available from €330 on request.
Alternative Tour Name: Extended Southern Portugal Migration Birding Tour
Arrive Faro during the morning and explore salt pans and coastal lakes near Faro with a picnic, afterwards transferring to Ecolodge “Paradise in Portugal”. Possible species include Flamingo, Avocet, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Red-crested Pochard, Purple Swamp Hen, Purple Heron.
Local Half Day Guided Birding near “Paradise in Portugal”. This would be a varied experience including some river valley, some open hillsides, some village gardens, some Cork Oak Forests and the lodge’s “Water Rail and Kingfisher Hide”. Possible species include Nightingale, Corn Bunting, Iberian Magpie, White Stork, Common Waxbill, Serin, Golden Oriole, Water Rail and Common Kingfisher. This would also be a rest day where guests can make use of the lodge's other facilities, (canoes, SUPs, bird hides, Yoga platform, sauna etc), should they so wish.
An early start to explore the Plains of the Alentejo. Possible species include Gt. & Little Bustards, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Red-rumped swallow, Rufous Bushchat, Stone Curlew, Black-winged Stilt, Thekla, Crested, Wood and Calandra Larks, Hoopoe, Short toed, Booted and Bonelli's Eagles, Montagu's Harrier, Black winged Kite, Lesser Kestrel, Collared Pratincole, Black-eared Wheatear, Spanish Sparrow.
Rest day or local birding if required.
Explore the coastal Plain and cliffs near Sagres with the possibility of a pelagic if there are enough participants, (paid extra). Possible species include Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Linnet, Cuckoo, Gt. Spotted Cuckoo, Woodchat and Southern Grey Shrikes, Roller, Chough, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Gannet, European Storm Petrel, Cory’s and Balearic Shearwaters and, during Autumn migration, raptors such as Honey Buzzards, Egyptian Vultures and Short-toed and Booted Eagles etc.
Local Half Day Birding near QBE this time starting off at the Hide again followed by a slow walk along a wooded valley. Possible species include Short-toed Treecreeper, Firecrest, Cirl Bunting, Grey Wagtail, European Robin, Eurasian Nuthatch, Iberian Green Woodpecker. This would also be a rest day where guests can make use of QBE's facilities, (canoes, SUPs, bird hides etc), should they so wish.
A day spent exploring the Lagoa Sto. André and then south along the west coast back to QBE. Possible species include Bee-eater, Marsh Harrier, Zitting Cisticola, Gt. Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Bar & Black-tailed Godwits, Hobby, Black Kite.
Transfer to Faro for flight home.
Flamingo, Avocet, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Red-crested Pochard, Purple Swamp Hen, Purple Heron, Bee-eater, Marsh Harrier, Zitting Cisticola, Gt. Reed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Bar & Black-tailed Godwits, Hobby, Black Kite,Avocet, Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Black and Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-winged Stilt, Snipe, Redshank, Greenshank, Shoveler, Pochard, Red-crested Pochard, Teal, Pintail, Widgeon, Gadwall, Purple Gallinules, Little Bitterns, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew, Lesser Kestrel, Montagu’s Harrier, Red-rumped Swallow, Callandra, Thekla, Crested, Woodlarks, Spanish, Tree sparrows, Black-eared Wheatear, Roller, Collared Pratincole and Black, Red Kites
What is included?
- Pick-up and Drop-off from/to Faro Airport
- Full board accommodation at “Paradise in Portugal” prime Ecolodge (including picnics when birding)
- Coffee or soft drinks at cafés when birding
- Guided birding as stipulated in Tour description
- Full insurance on-premises and when birding
- Reference books and materials
- Checklist available on website prior to arrival
- Canoes and SUPs
What is not included?
- Travel Insurance
- Wine, beers, spirits etc.
- Scopes, bins, tripods etc.
- Yoga and Massage sessions
- Souvenirs etc.
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