Birdwatching in Algarve

Bird Watching trips in Algarve

Bird Watching - aquatic birds, wild birds

On this tour we explore the saltpans of the Ria Formosa Nature Park with a nature tour guide – biologist and go birdwatching.

Included: Bird watching with a nature tour guide/biologist, use of telescope, binoculars, field guide and leaflet.

Duration: 3h

Departure Times:
- 08:30 a.m.

Price/Tour: 140,00 €
(groups of 1 up to 4 people)
Supplement: 30,00 € / person
(5 up to 6 people)

The Ria Formosa is one of the most important wetlands for aquatic birds in Portugal hosting on a regular basis more than 20.000 birds during Winter.
This is one of the reasons why it's considered a IBA (Important Bird Area). All this protected site area corresponds to a coastal lagoon that extends along 60 km (38miles) with a huge diversity of habitats. This coastal lagoon is protected from the sea by five barrier islands and two peninsulas.

During this birdwatching activity we explore the saltpans in Tavira where we encounter species like the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) and the colourful flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus).
As we walk at the very heart of this complex of salinas we have great sightings of waders such as the Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) and the Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus). This is also a important breeding site for the elegant Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) and the lovely Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus).

Additionally it's like to observe birds like the Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis), Redshank (Tringa totanus), Little Stint (Calidris minuta) amongst other waders like the Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola). With luck, as we explore the agricultural areas in the area we might see birds like the the Stone Curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) and the Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus).

More information about the Ria Formosa Natural Park:
- Founded: 1987
- Length: 60 km
- Total Area: 18,400 ha
- Habitats: barrier-islands, coastal lagoon, marshlands, tidal flats, islets, fresh water lagoons, pine woodlands and agricultural areas.
- Protection Status: IBA PT033, Special Protection Site, Natural Park, Ramsar Site and Habitats Directive Site.