After the pickup we go north, crossing the Tagus, at Vila Franca de Xira bridge. Here, in Lezíria, we start our search for flamingos... The Greater Flamingo is resident here, and could be seen all year. As a gregarian specie could fly on flocks of thousands looking for good feeding areas. They can be in the rice fields, in the mudflats, at the tide refuge areas. One of the Greater Flamingo movements remember us Michel Jackson Moonwalk. With its feet, the flamingo stirs up the mud, then sucks water through its bill and filters out small shrimps. While we search we certainly will see thousands of other birds, belonging to more than 200 species. We can rest and recover energies at the wetland centre. Then we return to Lisbon.
As a biologist, I love my job. I manage EVOA - Tagus Estuary Birdwatching and Conservation Area, located inside the biggest Portuguese wetland. I love nature and when I started my biology graduation I was amazed with our (Portuguese) biodiversity, as until there I didn't realize how many birds we have nearby Lisbon. With more than 10 years of experience, I would like to share my knowledge about this area - my goal is to invite others to see this unique and beautiful ecosystem nearby my community. I do guided visits daily around our lagoons and I have a lot to share. I know the best spots to be to see the biodiversity, including flamingos!
Electric car to move around the area
Binocules, spoting scopes and birds list
The visit begins entering in The South Lezíria private area: the contrast between landscapes, the variety of species that feed and take refuge in the canals, in the rice fields and in the pasture lands. The salinas and EVOA lagoons are uses as tidal bird refuge, with different water and salinity levels. Finally, the marshlands and mudflats area, considered the largest continuous area and with greater significance in Portugal.
Discover the Tagus Flamingo oasis