Birding in Ría Formosa near Faro in Portugal

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This post is about my birding experiences in Ría Formosa, the beautiful nature reserve at the Algarve around Faro. While I studied in Faro I spentplenty of time in the stunning “Ría” birding and taking photos. All the bird sightings and fotos reported here were taken between september and december.

The Ría Formosa is a lagoon formed by a system of barrier islands communicating with the atlantic ocean by inlets. Part of the Ría Formosa is the “Parque Natural da Ría Formosa” near Faro. It is a Special Protection Area of around 16,000 ha and a Ramsar site. The system consists of saltwater lagoons, extensive mudflats, sand banks, dunes and saltmarshes. It can be reached from Faro, by car, by bus and depending on the season also by ferry. If the ferry is an option I would highly recommend taking it as it´s comparable to the bus by price…

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