We contacted Jorge of Birdwatch in Alentejo as we were planning a trip to Lisbon and Evora in Alentejo. From our first contact he was extremely helpful and well-organised. Jorge responded quickly and positively to our request. Everything went as agreed and we ended up having two excellent days of birding with Jorge – one around the Tejo estuary and one in the Alentejo. Together they gave us a good glimpse of both a wetland area and the “steppe-land” birds of the interior. Jorge has an excellent eye for spotting birds at a great distance and in poor light and this, combined with his determination and knowledge of where certain birds might be found, provided some spectacular encounters. Chief among them was a single Red-knobbed Coot among hundreds of Coots which Jorge identified through a painstaking search; three juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagles on the ground feeding on the corpse of some dead animal. We had very good views from the hillside above. We saw three or four groups of Great Bustards and then late in the evening a Black Stork which was lurking in a dark water channel. There was much more. We found Jorge good company. He told us a lot about the habitats and local environmental issues. And he provided us with a delicious lunch, including the freshest oranges from his mother-in-law’s garden. It was dark when we finally called it a day – on both days! Great birding. We would definitely turn to Jorge again if we return to the area.
Thank you Jorge for sharing your knowledge and passion during this very interesting half-day tour near Alvito. We saw 52 different species during one morning. Amazing. We started with vultures and ended with flamingos. The pic-nic was a nice touch. I recommend such tours to any bird lover. Looking forward to do it again.
“Highly recommended for the experienced and the beginner” Very enjoyable half day. Jorge is an expert guide with excellent English. The pre-tour contact was clear and concise, the pickup from our hotel was prompt, we saw and heard birds we’d never have seen otherwise, and we had our picnic at the end in the coolest spot in the heatwave. Highlights for us were a clear view of 2 cuckoos, a hoopoe in the scrub during our picnic and the flocks of black kites. I can recommend this tour to expert birdwatchers and amateurs alike.
It was a real pleasure for us to meet you again and to spend an exciting birding morning with you in your area. And yes we loved Evora. Also de Quinta do Cano was very good and in a nice landscape setting.
An excellent guided birding trip with Jorge Safara in the Castro Verde steppe and Guadiana Valley. Two years ago I visited the Spanish Extremadura area for a private birding tour. An exciting experience, but without guidance and lack of detailed knowledge of the area it is hard to find your way to the interesting sites and bird species. This year we decided to spent de holiday in the Alentejo area , including some days for bird watching in the famous Castro Verde steppe area and the Guadiana Valley. For maximum success, it had to be a guided tour. Contact with Jorge Safara, through his website, resulted in the appointment for a full day private birding trip to both areas on April 21th. At 7.00 hours we were collected from our hotel in Mertola by Jorge and his 4 wheel-drive. The start of what proved to be one of our most exciting and successful birding experiences since years. We learned to know Jorge as dedicated host and a very experienced birdwatcher with a sharp eye and good knowledge of the area. After an exciting morning with a good number of Little – and Great bustards, with a couple of Stone Curlews, Montagu’s Harriers , Booted eagle, Short toad eagle and Great Spotted Cuckoo we visited the area around the Visitors centre near Castro Verde, where European roller, Lesser Kestrel and Bee-eaters were served. This Just to mention a few examples of most exciting species for a birdwatcher from the Netherlands. For lunch Jorge had arranged a picnic at a deserted site of the steppe where a group of Black-bellied Sand grouse performed. The day could not be better anymore, until we arrived in the Guadiana river area, where my last wish, the Black-winged Kite was fulfilled with hunting- and photo shot performances of great class. Jorge delivered us in Mertola at 18.00 hours, after 11 hours guiding and a list of 60 species that made us very happy. Thank you Jorge, you are strongly recommended!
Thank you Jorge!
A brilliant few days, finding amazing birds and exploring this beautiful untouched country. We found every bird we had hoped for (except Black Stork… next time, maybe…) and many more we never expected. You are a great guide – very knowledgeable and extremedy helpful. I never would have seen so many birds if it was not for your excellent guidance. Many thanks
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A fantastic five days. A few “lifers” and some excelent views of all the target birds. Very successful and enjoyable.
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What a wonderful few days these have been. I have seen more than 30 birds I never seen before, including some I had not even heard of. Your knowledge of where to find the birds and how to identify them is most impressive. Thanks Jorge for such a great time.