Photo’s Press / Fam Trip to the Algarve, Portugal

From 28 September till 3 October I was participating in a Press / Fam trip to the Algarve, Portugal (send by http://www.birdingbreaks.nl) as part of an promoting campain for eco-tourism to the Algarve (www.visitalgarve.pt) in combination with the annual Sagres Bird festival.

During this trip we where taken to paces like Castro Marim Nature Reserve, Natural Park of Ria Formosa, Cabo de Sao Vicente and Lagoa dos Salgados. Most places where situated along the coast close to towns and all within 2 hr from Faro. This, in combination with the good infrastructure, nice weather and excellent food, make the Algarve a perfect destination for an family holiday that is to combined with birding. Flight to Faro can be very affordable.

Birds that we saw included Blue-winged Magpie, Short-toed Eagle, Purple Swamphen, Little Bustard, European Storm-Petrel, Great Shearwater, Cory’s Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Glossy Ibis and Greater Flamingo.

Pelagic trips for whales, dolphins and seabirds can be very rewarding when weather conditions are right. The same is true for raptor migration at Sagres.

Sardinian Warbler | Kleine Zwartkop – Tavira

In Tavira we stayed at Hotel Vila Galé Albacora, an old fishing villages (www.vilagale.pt).

Fan-tailed Warbler | Graszanger, Tavira

Little Egret, grey morph | Kleine Zilverreiger, grijze vorm, Tavira

Little Egret, grey morph | Kleine Zilverreiger, grijze vorm, Tavira

Magpie | Ekster, Tavira

Tree Pipit | Boompieper, Sta Clara

Mediterranean Tree-Frog, Sta Clara

This tree-frog lived at Frank McClintock’s place (http://www.birding-in-portugal.com/).

Ruddy Turnstone | Steenloper, Quinta do Lago

Eurasian Whimbrel | Regenwulp, Quinta do Lago

Eurasian Whimbrel | Regenwulp, Quinta do Lago

Grey Plover | Zilverplevier, Quinta do Lago

Grey Plover | Zilverplevier, Quinta do Lago

Purple Swamphen | Purperkoet, Quinta do Lago

Purple Swamphen | Purperkoet, Quinta do Lago

The pictures below where taken on a pelagic trip from Sagres (www.marilimitado.com)

Great Shearwater | Grote Pijlstormvogel, Sagres

European Storm-Petrel | Stormvogeltje, Sagres

European Storm-Petrel | Stormvogeltje, Sagres

European Storm-Petrel | Stormvogeltje, Sagres

European Storm-Petrel | Stormvogeltje, Sagres

Cabo de Sao Vicente, Sagres

Cabo de Sao Vicente, Sagres

Cabo de Sao Vicente, Sagres

From the cape we watched Bottle-nosed Dolphins, peregrine, Cough, Cory Shearwaters, Balearic Shearwaters and many Northern Gannets.

Sea-watching at Cabo de Sao Vicente, Sagres

Short-toed Eagle | Slangenarend, Sagres

Raptor migration at Sagres was low, because of the strong wind, but some Short-toed Eagles where present.

Short-toed Eagle | Slangenarend, Sagres

Short-toed Eagle | Slangenarend, Sagres

Short-toed Eagle | Slangenarend, Sagres

Short-toed Eagle | Slangenarend, Sagres

Short-toed Eagle | Slangenarend, Sagres

Short-toed Eagle | Slangenarend, Sagres

Short-toed Eagle | Slangenarend, Sagres

Black Kite | Zwarte Wouw, Sagres

Grey Heron | Blauwe Reiger, Ria Formosa

Rio Formosa is an tidal lagoon, sheltered from the ocean by some larde sand dunes. This is an very important winter- and stop-over site for various species of wading birds. The islands are home of the cameleon. (www.formosamar.com)

clam fishing, Ria Formosa

Ria Formosa

Great Cormorant | Aalscholver, Ria Formosa

Great Cormorant | Aalscholver, Ria Formosa

Sandwich Tern | grote Stern, Ria Formosa

Lesser Black-backed Gull | Kleine Mantelmeeuw, Ria Formosa

Lesser Black-backed Gull | Kleine Mantelmeeuw, Ria Formosa

Lesser Black-backed Gull | Kleine Mantelmeeuw, Ria Formosa

Yellow-legged Gull | Geelpootmeeuw, Ria Formosa

Little Egret | Kleine Zilverreiger, Ria Formosa

Little Egret | Kleine Zilverreiger, Ria Formosa

Little Egret | Kleine Zilverreiger, Ria Formosa

European Spoonbill | Lepelaar, Ria Formosa

European Spoonbill | Lepelaar, Ria Formosa

There are several oysterfarms in the area and people are fishing for clams and worms.

European Spoonbill | Lepelaar, Ria Formosa

European Spoonbill | Lepelaar, Ria Formosa

European Spoonbill | Lepelaar, Ria Formosa

European Spoonbill | Lepelaar, Ria Formosa

European Spoonbill | Lepelaar, Ria Formosa

European Spoonbill | Lepelaar, Ria Formosa

White Stork | Ooievaar, Ria Formosa

White Stork | Ooievaar, Ria Formosa

fishermen, Ria Formosa

Ria Formosa

Eurasian Oystercatcher | Scholekster, Ria Formosa

Ria Formosa

Mediterranean Gull | Zwartkopmeeuw, Ria Formosa

Mediterranean Gull | Zwartkopmeeuw, Ria Formosa

Lagoa dos Salgados is a nice lake with shallow shores that hosted many waders, flamingos and ibisses. The site is apparently not protected and threatened by plans for a golfcourse.

Greater Flamingo | Europese Flamingo, Lagoa dos Salgados

Greater Flamingo | Europese Flamingo, Lagoa dos Salgados

Greater Flamingo | Europese Flamingo, Lagoa dos Salgados

Greater Flamingo | Europese Flamingo, Lagoa dos Salgados

Crested Lark | Kuifleeuwerik, Lagoa dos Salgados

Caspian Tern | Reuzenstern, Lagoa dos Salgados

White Stork | Ooievaar, Faro

Many thanks to Ana Vargues, Frank McClintock, Thys, Barbara, Bruno and all the others.

Oh and by the way… we won the Mystery Bird Competion, yes!

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