Little egret in Ria Formosa's Natural Park - Faro, Algarve

Birdwatching in Ria Formosa Natural Park – Faro

Many people come by interested in the Natural Park around Faro. Some don’t know that a big part of the natural park is just water canals and marshes. It is, in fact a kind of lagoon protected from the sea by a set of barrier islands that shelters a number of protected species (birds, fish, plants…). Although, it is super fun to get the boat through the canals until one of the barrier islands, a lot of people in Faro go to Ludo (right next to praia de Faro) to exercise or bird watch.

So, last week, I went there in search of flamingos. Once again, I didn’t quite get the picture I’m looking for, but this is what I got instead:

Nothern shoveler and gadwall in Ria Formosa Natural Park, Faro, Algarve

Nothern shoveler and gadwall in Ria Formosa Natural Park, Faro, Algarve

common coots running from the camera in Ria Formosa's Natural Park - Faro, Algarve

Common coots running from the camera in Ria Formosa’s Natural Park – Faro, Algarve

Pied stilt eating in Ria Formosa's Natural Park - Faro, Algarve

Pied stilt eating in Ria Formosa’s Natural Park – Faro, Algarve

Salicornia europaea in Ria Formosa's Natural Park - Faro, Algarve

Salicornia europaea in Ria Formosa’s Natural Park – Faro, Algarve

Salicornia is a plant that grows in beaches and salt pans. It tastes just like the sea and makes a really unique salad. If you want to know more, I found this article and recipe: http://honest-food.net/2011/07/15/sea-beans-salicornia-samphire-saltwort/

Greater flamingos eating in Ria Formosa's Natural Park - Faro, Algarve

Greater flamingos eating in Ria Formosa’s Natural Park – Faro, Algarve

 

Why don’t you take the winter promotion and come see it for yourself?

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