Birding in Portugal

1 week Birding itinerary at Paradise in Portugal

Day 1

Arrive Faro and transfer to Quinta do Barranco da Estrada, (QBE); local birding in the afternoon, including some river valley, some open hillsides, some village gardens and some cork oak forests. Possible species include Nightingale, Corn Bunting, Azure winged magpie, White Stork, Common Waxbill, Serin, Golden Oriole.

Day 2

Explore the Plains of the Alentejo, returning to QBE. (One hour drive to the start, probably another five to six hours birding and one home again). This day would principally be near Castro Verde, Mertola and the Pulo do Lobo. 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.

Day 3

Local Birding near QBE. This would be a varied experience exploring in greater depth those areas touched on during day 1. This would also be a rest day where the guests could make use of QBE's facilities should they so wish. Possible species include those for Day 1.

Day 4

Explore the high hills near Monchique and then drop down to the west coast, turning south down to the cliffs near Sagres, and, if time permits, some of the south coast. Return to QBE. Possible species include Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Linnet, Cuckoo, Gt. Spotted Cuckoo, Woodchat and Southern Grey Shrikes, Roller, Chough, Peregrine Falcon.

Day 5

Explore salt pans and coastal lakes near Faro, (one and a quarter hours to start). Return to QBE. Possible species include Flamingo, Avocet, Kentish Plover, Little ringed Plover, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Red crested Pochard, Purple Swamp Hen, Purple Heron.

Day 6

Explore Lagoa Sto. André and Sado estuary, and then on to Lisbon. (One and a half hours to the start). ETA hotel approx 17.00. 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.

Hotel details

  • Available Anytime
  • Duration: 1 Week(s)
  • From 2 to 20 people
  • Starts at Traveler's Location

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