You will be driven to the Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve, which is only 20 minutes from Lisbon and is the most important Portuguese wetland. You will enjoy your birdwatching in this area, which is considered a Ramsar wetland site of international importance, and includes a wide Special Protection Zone (ZPE) and a Nature Reserve (RNET), of over 35,000 acres specifically created to protect wintering, migrating, and breeding populations of aquatic birds.
However, because of the specific geography of the area, it abounds in a remarkable variety of non-wetland biotopes as well, including wooded slopes and extensive pastures. Put together, the greater Tagus Estuary contains a quite extraordinary range of birds, from flamingo to black-shouldered kite and squacco heron to little bustard.
The area bird list includes more than 250 species. Before returning to Lisbon you will have a comfort stop at Alcochete, to relax and chat about the beautiful species you have just seen.