Friday, 29 October 2010

Another Algarvian Adventure

Azure-winged Magpie 
On October 1st we flew to Faro with our friends Gen, John and Pete. Our holiday cottage overlooked the Ria da Formosa saltmarsh and lagoons with a good variety of waders and sea birds.

The garden is a haven for local birds including Azure-winged Magpie, Little Owls, Spotted and Pied Flycatchers, Great Spotted and Iberian Green Woodpeckers, Waxbill,  Hoopoe, and Red-rumped Swallows to name but a few.

Bar-tailed Godwit 

Griffon Vultures 

We managed to fit in a Pelagic from Sagres for Shearwater and a visit to the Alentejo for Bustards, Vultures etc. as well as visiting the Odiel Marshes in Spain and the Castro Marim salt pans.

Red Signal Crayfish at Vilamoura
Monarch Butterfly at Vilamoura  

Other sites that we visited included Quinta do Lago and Ludo Farm, the Parque Ambiental at Vilamoura and Lagoa do Salgados.

Our final species count was 156 which included a Sacred Ibis found at Salgados on the last day. A tropical downpour was a refreshing end to a great birding holiday!