PORTUGAL, JC PORTUGAL DMC
Mr Julio de Sousa
Birds of Portugal
The Sagres peninsula is a mecca for bird watchers with Alpine and Pallid Swift, Shag, Peregrine, Blue Rock Thrush and Red-billed Chough breeding on the cliffs. On the cliff-tops small populations of Little Bustard, Stone Curlew, Short-toed and Thekla Larks, Tawny Pipit, Black-eared Wheatear and Spectacled Warbler add to the interest.
The peninsula is the best site in Portugal for the autumn migration of raptors. Between the end of August and mid November large numbers of Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk can be seen. Other regular species at this time include; Egyptian Vulture, Bonelli’s Eagle, Marsh, Hen and Montagu’s Harriers, Goshawk, Peregrine and Hobby with additional species, including the rare Black Stork, turning up almost daily at peak passages and during late autumn.
The Sado, with its source in the hills of southeastern Portugal, is the nesting ground or the stopping place for more than 200 species of birds migrating each year between Northern Europe and Africa.