PORTUGAL'S BIRDS AND NATURE: Lisbon Estuaries, Alentejo and Algarve
April 17 to 26, 2018
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Portugal possesses a fantastic diversity of habitats in a relatively small area, so it is easy to visit species-rich areas without the need to travel long distances. Couple this with spring migration and you have a winning combination of birdwatching, nature exploration with great scenery and history. Our explorations will be coordinated through Birds & Nature Tours Portugal, the country’s premier tour company.
We will visit the Tagus Estuary and the Sado Estuary Nature Reserves. These two remarkable protected wetland areas have extensive bird lists that include Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco and Purple Herons, Black-winged Kite, Little Bustard, Collared Pratincole, Iberian Grey Shrike and Spotless Starling, and an excellent selection of ducks, waders, gulls and terns. The Alentejo region will be next on the itinerary with time spent on the rolling plains of Castro Verde (the home of Great Bustard, Montagu's Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, European Roller, Calandra Lark, Rufous Bush Robin, Black-eared Wheatear, etc...) and the bluffs and hills of the Guadiana Valley Nature Park, noted for species like Iberian Imperial, Golden and Bonelli's Eagles, Eurasian Black and Griffon Vultures, Black Stork, Eurasian Eagle Owl, White-rumped Swift, Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting.
We will also go to the Algarve, a Portuguese region rich in protected wetland areas situated on a major fly-way for migrants from Africa and notable in particular for waders and passerines. Some of the places you will visit, namely the Ria Formosa Nature Park and the Castro Marim Nature Reserve, are unique in Portugal as sites for rare and highly localized species, like Audouin’s and Slender-billed Gulls and Lesser Short-toed Lark.
While birds and birdwatching will be the focus of the tour, we will also take opportunities to learn about Portugal’s biomes and nature as well as visit several cultural sites to get a sense of the country’s history. ACTIVITY LEVEL
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PACE, WEATHER, AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS: Portugal’s weather in April is normally very pleasant (60-80 degrees F) with clear skies, but of course it is possible to have rain so being prepared with both sun protection and rain gear will be necessary.
Tour size is limited to 12 participants.
Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, a list of participants, addresses of motels, lists of things to bring, a reading list, a list of probable/possible birds, further information about weather, dress, etc., will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.
DATES: Tuesday April 17, 2018 to Thursday April 26, 2018 (flights home on April 27)
NOTE: Flights from the eastern US normally leave at night and arrive in the morning; it is highly recommended that you fly to Lisbon on April 15th, arriving in Lisbon the morning of April 16th. There will be an optional city tour on that day. Lodging on April 16th is included in the price (meals on your own).
PRICE: Cost for this tour is $4,295 per person based on double occupancy; single supplement (if you request single occupancy, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you) is $550. A deposit of $500 will hold your place until December 16, 2017 when full payment becomes due.
PRICE INCLUDES: Price includes guide fees, airport transfers, ground transport (in a bus with driver), boat trip at Olhão, accommodations (including breakfast), meals (lunches in local cafes and dinners in local restaurants – including wine), free use of optical equipment (quality binoculars and telescopes) and field guides, entrance fees to private or protected areas, participant’s accident insurance and VAT.
Price does not include airfare to/from Lisbon, or items of a personal nature.
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