Portugal

Weekend

GuideFrank McClintock
DatesAny Time
Birding Days3
Ground Price£540
$701
€648
Flight ex UK£150
Frank McClintock
Frank McClintock was born near the Sahara in Africa, and has travelled widely. He settled in southern Portugal over 25 years ago, where he built and now runs a well-appointed guest lodge with his beautiful wife Daniela, from which he takes birdwatching excursions to seek out Iberian specialities. He has been a professional guide throughout southern Iberia for over 15 years.
This long weekend is based at Quinta do Barranco da Estrada, and takes in a variety of habitats which provides excellent opportunities for a number of Iberian specialities. The guest lodge is located on the shores of a vast, freshwater, mosquito-free lake, making it ideal for birders with non-birding partners, and for families.
After arrival, explore salt pans and coastal lakes near Faro; species include Greater Flamingo, Avocet, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Red-crested Pochard, Purple Swamp Hen and Purple Heron.
Explore the Plains of the Alentejo. This day would principally be near Castro Verde, Mertola and the Pulo do Lobo. Possible species include Great & Little Bustards, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Red-rumped Swallow, Rufous Bushchat, Stone Curlew, Black-winged Stilt, Thekla, Crested, Wood and Calandra Larks, Hoopoe, Short-toed, Booted and Bonelli's Eagles, Montagu's Harrier, Black winged Kite, Lesser Kestrel, Collared Pratincole, Black-eared Wheatear, Spotless Starling and Spanish Sparrow.
Explore the high hills near Monchique and then drop down to the west coast, turning south down to the cliffs near Sagres, and, if time permits, some of the south coast. Possible species include Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Linnet, Cuckoo, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Woodchat and Southern Grey Shrikes, Roller, Chough and Peregrine Falcon.