Birding Lisbon : The Tagus Estuary

Birding Lisbon : The Tagus Estuary

When:  October 2017             Weather:  Cool to hot   15-30C

Nikon P900,  Leica M 35mm summilux

Had a day free and joined a birding tour to the Tagus Estuary with Bernardo Barreto and a few other English birders….we set off about 715am in the crisp morning air and crossed the Vasco da Gama Bridge, one of the longest in the world to get across the estuary.

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We headed first to the salt pans….

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First bird of the morning…a little owl

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Salt pans with loads of water birds

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The dominant bird on this outing was the lesser black backed gull

 

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2 ring plovers on the left and two kentish plovers on the right

 

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Black winged stilt

 

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Pied avocets

 

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Black tailed godwits

 

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Sanderlings

 

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Flight of the Flamingos

 

We then moved on to the mudflats….

 

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A pair of Crested Larks were larking about on the road….

 

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The mud flats of the Tagus Estuary

 

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Flamingos were everywhere

 

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A sandwich tern posed..

 

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And then took off….

 

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Stone chat

 

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Zitting Cisticola

 

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Zitting Cisticola

 

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and then a flash of black and white..

 

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A shy Sardinian warbler

 

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And creeping around a bearby treetrunk was a short toed tree-creeper

 

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Black shouldered kite

 

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Black shouldered kite

 

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Northern Wheatear

 

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Spotted Flycatcher

 

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Wheatear

 

After lunch we set off to look for the Squacco heron and Iberian magpie….

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Private Cork farm where we had fleeting glimpses of the Iberian magpie formerly azure winged magpie

 

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Coot in the green pond

 

Squacco heron

Squacco heron

 

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Squacco heron

 

common sandpiper

common sandpiper

 

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Hoopoe

 

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Common Waxbill

 

Serin

Poor shot of female Serin; the male was brilliantly yellow

 

We then headed to the northern part of the estuary …..

Yellow crowned weaver

One of the star birds of the afternoon, the yellow crowned bishop or weaver

 

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yellow crowned bishop

 

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Wryneck

 

wryneck (3)

Wryneck

 

 

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Our last stop for the afternoon was the northern estuary shore to seek the bluethroat

 

Blue throat

He was very shy and flitted amongst the bushes and the muddy bank….the Bluethroat

 

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On the way back, Bernardo spotted these Lapwings

 

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Green hued lapwings which are very different from the tropical red and yellow wattled lapwings

 

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Common buzzard

 

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common buzzard

 

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

 

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Distant blurry shot of common kestrel

 

little bustards in flight

and just before we left, we spooked a group of ground birds….

 

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A small group of Little Bustards were our last birds of the day.

 

We were out from 730 am to 5pm and Bernardo from Birds and Nature Tours Portugal was industrious and hunted out each and every bird we had asked to see.  It was a great day out and I would recommend this bird outing thoroughly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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