Southern Portugal Migration Bird Watching Tour
A full 8-day Southern Portugal birdwatching tour with a professional Birding and Photography Guide for group sizes from 2 to 20 people, including four Full Day Trips to the Plains of the Alentejo and the Sagres Peninsula targeting steppe species such as Great and Little Bustards as well as raptors including Spanish Imperial, Golden, Short-toed and Booted Eagles. Full Board at 5* rated EcoLodge.
Pricing based on twin/double occupancy. Single supplement available from €330 on request.
Alternative Tour Name: Full Southern Portugal Migration Birding Tour
Arrive Faro during the morning and explore salt pans and coastal lakes near Faro with 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.
Settle in to the Lodge and explore the surroundings and the garden, making use of the private “Golden Oriole Hide” situated within 100 mts of your room. Possible species include Nightingale, Corn Bunting, Iberian Magpie, White Stork, Common Waxbill, Serin, Golden Oriole, Water Rail and Common Kingfisher. Other facilities include canoes, SUPs, Sauna etc.
An early start to explore the Plains of the Alentejo with your Guide. You will arrive at the designated start as the sun breaks the horizon, having had a quick breakfast in an early morning café. 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. As with the day on the Plains, you will arrive at the designated start as the sun breaks the horizon, having had a quick breakfast in another early morning café. Possible species include Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Linnet, Cuckoo, Gt. Spotted Cuckoo, Woodchat and Southern Grey Shrikes, Roller, Chough, Peregrine Falcon, and, during Autumn migration, raptors such as Honey Buzzards, Egyptian Vultures and Short-toed and Booted Eagles etc.
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.
Self-guided Local Birding in the surrounding Cork Forests near “Paradise in Portugal”. Possible added extra of a Guide if available. A slow walk along any of the wooded valleys will normally produce Short-toed Treecreeper, Firecrest, Cirl Bunting, Grey Wagtail, European Robin, Eurasian Nuthatch, Iberian Green Woodpeckers etc.
Transfer to Faro for flight home.
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, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Linnet, Cuckoo, Gt. Spotted Cuckoo, Woodchat and Southern Grey Shrikes, Roller, Chough, Peregrine Falcon, Short-toed Treecreeper, Firecrest, Cirl Bunting, Grey Wagtail, European Robin, Eurasian Nuthatch, Iberian Green, 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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