Alentejo is a region in Portugal with a great diversity of habitats where you can see a lot of bird species. This program was designed for take participants to discovery excellent sceneries and some destinations where the avifauna wealth is notorious.
In the great diversity of habitats visited during this programme will be possible to observe species like flamingo, glossy Ibis, purple heron, great and little bustard, eurasian black vulture, iberian imperial eagle, black winged kite, lesser kestrel, black bellied sandgrouse, calandra lark, hoopoe, bee eater, roller, azure winged magpie, southern grey shrike, spotless starling and many other species.
The program includes transportation during the activities, mandatory insurance for participants, water, birding guide and visitation rates when applicable.
Day 1 - Arrival to accommodation. Overnight stay at Vila Galé Évora. Free day
Day 2 - Tagus Estuary is the most important wetland of Portugal where you can observe a large number of bird species, especially waders and waterfowl. During the day we will visit several places inside the nature reserve and visit the EVOA Tagus Estuary Birdwatching and Conservation Area (www.evoa.pt). During winter we can see huge concentrations of shorebirds and waterfowl that find refuge in this area. Some of the species that can be observed are purpleheron, flamingo, greylag gooset, common shelduck, osprey, pied avocet, bartailed godwit, ruddy turnstone, common greenshank, whimbrel, sanderling, shorteared owl, bluethroat, penduline tit, among many other species.
Day 3 - On this day we will visit the area of the Alqueva dam, the largest artificial lake in Europe, where we can observe some waterfowl, such as redcrested pochard, coot, collared pratincole, among other species. In this lake occurred the reintroduction project of Osprey in Portugal. The programme continues through roads by forests of cork and holm oaks, cereal steppes and fantastic landscapes. This area is important for the presence of birds of prey. Among the possible species of note are black stork, blackwinged kite, black kite, shorttoed eagle, iberianimperial eagle, golden eagle, booted eagle, eurasian black vulture and griffon vultures, or eagle owl.
Day 4 - The programme include visit several areas between Évora and Beja, through cereal plains where it's possible to see Montagu's harrier, great bustard, little bustard, blackbellied sandgrouse, stonecurlew, lesserkestrel, calandralark and european roller. We will visit some small dams to observe several species of waterfowl and passerines.
Day 5 - During this day we will visit several areas in North of Alentejo, defined by Natura Network and Birdlife as important sites for birds. We will devote the first hour to visit areas identified as important for the conservation of steppe birds, which includes the great bustard and the little bustard or Montagu’s harrier. Later we will visit Caia dam and Torre da Bolsa to observe some waterfowl and passerines. In winter is possible to observe large
concentrations of common cranes.
Day 6 - Free day. Time to go home and rest of this intensive experience
It is advisable that participants arrive at the accommodation the day before. This program is recommended for a 5 night stay at the Vila Gale Evora
The birding program includes transportation during the activities, mandatory insurance for participants, water, birding guide and visitation rates when applicable.
Not included - extra drinks and other items of personal nature