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Tagus Estuary Wetlands: A Bird Watchers' Paradise

Portugal is not only one of Europe’s great beauties, she is also the keeper of one of Europe’s splendid secrets—rich habitat and a relatively small population make Portugal a magnificent location for bird watching. Many of the stunning bird species normally associated with Spain congregate here in a high concentration of protected wetlands. The Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve, just 20 minutes from Lisbon, is among the finest. It is one of the most important wetlands in Europe, with mud flats, salt marshes, saltpans, cork oaks, rice fields, pastures and reed beds. Designated a Ramsar wetland site of international importance, the estuary includes a wide Special Protection Zone of more than 34,000 acres created to protect wintering, migratory and breeding populations of aquatic birds. Seasonally, the wetland is home to more than 120,000 waders, waterfowl and other aquatic birds. During migratory periods, it is not unusual to observe more than 100 species in a single day, including flamingos, black-shouldered kites, squacco herons and little bustards. The area is known to attract more than 250 species altogether. The specific geography of the Tagus also features non-wetland topography—wooded slopes, extensive pastures and wide steppes that weave an inseparable bond between the nature reserve and traditional agriculture. A stone’s throw from the marshy bog, lumbering livestock seek the shade of cork oaks, and sharply contrasting lichens cling to the trees, creating virtually psychedelic whorls of shape and color. Keep an eye out for predatory mammals too—the crafty Egyptian mongoose moves in tight family groups in search of eggs and little hatchlings. Through your visit to the Tagus Estuary, you are doing to part to ensure that this corridor of safety for the birds of Europe is maintained and improved—part of your entry fee is used by the Institute for Conservancy of Nature & Biodiversity to operate the Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve.Notes:Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Use of binoculars and a telescope is included.
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Customer Reviews for Tagus Estuary Wetlands: A Bird Watchers' Paradise
Review 1 for Tagus Estuary Wetlands: A Bird Watchers' Paradise
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Birds galore

Date:August 10, 2014
JWinchester
Location:Netherlands
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:April
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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I'm not a "bird person" per se, but I do enjoy being out in the country and spotting wild life, so this excursion appealed to me from the go. Having visited Lisbon 6 months earlier already, cinched it. I did not regret booking it. We were a mere handful of guests in a minivan, which allowed us to take our time and look for birds at our leisure. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable, and our driver, while new to the bird watching business, was good also. The list of "birds seen" grew very quickly, between three stops a stone's throw away from Lisbon. Definitely recommended, even at the steep price.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 2 for Tagus Estuary Wetlands: A Bird Watchers' Paradise
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Bird Watchers Paradise!

Date:December 24, 2013
sbwilli4649
Location:Huntington, WV
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:November
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We were the only two on the ship that had signed up for this tour, so we were in a private car with our guide. Starting the trip, we had 450 birds on our lifetime list finished with 43 new ones in a five hour tour. Guide was an excellent spotter and new the estuary like his own back yard. We only covered the North third and hope to get back and see the other two sections.
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