Sunday, 28 November 2010

Quinta Do Lago....05/10/2010

Quinta Do Lago is a productive area for birdwatching. The Causeway, Bridge (that leads to the beach), Lake and Golf Course are the main areas to see a variety of species. Highlight birds seen were Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron, Purple Gallinule, Whimbrel, B-t Godwit, Redshank, Ringed and Kentish Plover, Little Grebe, Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal, Black and Little Tern, Knot, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Pied Flycatcher, Black-headed Weaver, Crested Tit and Chiffchaff! The best highlights being a pair of Sardinian Warblers that were perched in a tree by their empty nest, the nest was so low and exposed to the pathway and predators, quite surprising really! A Great White Egret feeding in the estuary as the tide was coming in was a joy to see, a Lifer!!Also, a Water Snake was spotted in the lake slithering towards the embankment and the absolute highlight of the holiday was a Little Bittern that flew from a reedbed just as we were about to leave the Lake hide! It was at a distance but still great views were had of it with bins and scope!!

Quinta Do a magical birding site!!


  1. Wow, it certainly is magic......what a great list of birds and some wonderful pictures for you to remember it all by Pam!
    The Sardinian Warblers and the Little Bittern are great captures well done!
    That bridge looks a bit rickety!!! lol.

  2. Thanks for your kind comments Ruth. I was well chuffed with the Little Bittern. It preened itself when it eventually settled, a pity it wasn't closer but you can't have everything can!!

    The bridge is quite!! It is a great place to scope the estuary from and also handy to take pics from. There were a lot of locals in the water 'cockling' while the tide was out, they continued until the incoming water was waist high before they departed.