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eBird Portugal | Birdwatch in Alentejo
Portugal joined in strength to eBird. This platform launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society is a real-time online checklist program. I use regularly the eBird application on the phone to record the birds that I see during my walks and guided tours. I actually recommend the use of...
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Red-footed Falcon | Birdwatch in Alentejo
Last May saw an incredible arrival of Red-footed Falcons into Portugal. A migratory species, it breeds in Eastern Europe before spending the winter in Southern Africa. Rarely recorded in Portugal, with most sightings being in the south during autumn migration, this spring saw unprecedented numbers appear in the country with many adults and immature birds...
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Chris from Maceira, share her experience with us Dull… I hear you say. But wait – these visitors to our garden in Portugal are certainly not dull to look at and most are fascinating to learn about. Join me in a trip around the garden in late summer and autumn. My husband Cliff and I...
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Birdwatching Tours | Birdwatch in ALentejo
April has been a busy month for Birdwatch in Alentejo and our tours with clients have seen us visiting some amazing places, observing lots of birds and taking in the wonders of the spring flora which is absolutely delightful this year following the wet winter and early spring period. The Alentejo landscape is literally covered...
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Birdwatch in Alentejo
The city of Estarreja has been focusing on promoting and creating activities associated with nature, and in particular birdwatching. Proof of this is the Bioria project which has established a set of routes with information and support facilities for visitors. Over the weekend of April 12th-13th, Birdwatch in Alentejo attended the Birdwatching Fair – ObsevaRia2014....
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Monte da Serralheira | Birdwatch in Alentejo
The Monte da Serralheira is a unit of agro-tourism that has apartments for rent just outside the World Heritage city of Evora. Birdwatch in Alentejo and the owners teamed up in partnership in 2012 with the aim of promoting bird watching in the area, and last week came to the end of a project we’ve...
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Birdwatching Tours | Birdwatch in Alentejo
Spring has arrived in the Alentejo and the area is a hive of activity, with some wintering species lingering in small numbers, while many migrants are either passing through en-route to the north or returning to take up residence for the summer. The last of the Common Cranes have left the area, while many resident...
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Birdwatching Tours | Birdwatch in Alentejo
The opening two months of the year have seen us very busy planning tours for 2014, making website alterations and planning conservation projects. Despite what has been a bit of a wet and windy period – unusual for a Portuguese winter – we have still run trips out into the field seeing a wide diversity...
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Extremadura Tour | Birdwatch in Alentejo
Last week, Birdwatch in Alentejo participated in a tourism promotion initiative in conjunction with the Provincial Council of Badajoz entitled “Extremadura From Another Point Of View.” The aim of the week was to look at ways to promote the bird watching richness of the area, coupled with the various options for accommodation and activities available...
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Birdwatching Évora | Birdwatch in Alentejo
We performed one visit around Évora area, in the company of my friend Paulo Alves, mainly to the steppe areas and some water reservoirs, were we observed many birds, despite the rainy morning and very cloudy sky. Below is the list of observed species: 1European StonechatSaxicola rubicola2Barn SwallowHirundo rustica3Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochruros4Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus5Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus6Carrion...
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