Lakes excursion

We offer full day guided lakes excursions (8 hours) to the Alentejo Plains (inland).

During our tour we will visit the Lagoa dos Patos (Duck lagoon).

Although known as the Duck Lagoon, this wetland is in fact a reservoir. Although not a major water area, here you can see the highest concentrations of ducks throughout the Alentejo. Moreover the adjacent rice paddies attract waders and other waterbirds. A visit to the Lagoa dos Patos is unavoidable.

There are two areas of interest: the lagoon itself and the rice fields downstream. The Patos Lagoon stands by concentrations of waterfowl as well as Egrets and other waders as Spoonbills and Flamingos. The margin of the pond does not have much vegetation which hinders the approach of the birds, so a telescope can be very useful (which we will bring).

It is worth scrutinizing the shores of the lagoon, where usually occur some waders as the Black-winged Stilt and Sandpipers. Just below the wall there is a set of agricultural land that is often flooded and where in some years rice is grown.

This area is good for watching waders, Snipes and sometimes Dunlins, Sandpipers etc.. The Water Pipit is frequent present here. The ditches surrounding the fields are housing Moorhens, Cetti´s Warblers and in the cold season, some Reed Buntings.

Sometimes you can also see some Spanish Sparrows. It is also a breeding place of Collared Pratnicoles.

Most interesting species:

Eurasian Spoonbill
Great Crested Grebe
Greater Flamingo
Red Kite
Water Rail
Collared Pratincole
Water Pipit
Reed Bunting
Spanish Sparrow

Other species:

Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Red-legged Partridge
Little Grebe
White Stork
Great Cormorant
Gray Heron
Little Egret
Cattle Egret
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
Eurasian Coot
Black-winged Stilt
Common Sandpiper
Common Snipe
Black-headed Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Little Owl
Common Kingfisher
Eurasian Hoopoe
Carrion Crow
Sky Lark
Cetti's Warbler
Zitting Cisticola
European Stonechat
Spotless Starling
Meadow Pipit
Eurasian Linnet
Red Avadavat

Rare species:

American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
White-headed Duck
Sociable Lapwing
American Golden-Plover
Black-tailed Godwit
Pectoral Sandpiper
Red-throated Pipit

Collared Pratincole Birdwatching Tour

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Guided Birdwatching in the Alentejo region of Portugal