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Dunas Douradas lagoon
This is a small lagoon, enclosed between the sea, several touristic
resorts and a few pinewoods. The lagoon has managed to survive the
urban pressure environment. It is covered by aquatic vegetation and is
used as a refuge by several species of waterfowl. This place remains
underwatched, so the information available on its birds is rather scarce.
The lagoon can be approached from any of the surrounding resorts, either from the west or from the east –
when the sun is shining, the former option is best in the afternoon. On the west side there is an observation
tower, which provides a good view over the area, while on the eastern side there are several pines and
bushes that can be used as camouflage.
One of the specialties of this place is the Little Bittern; this bird rarely perches in the open, but can sometimes
be seen flying low over the water. The Purple Swamp Hen can also be found at this site and sometimes
shows up among vegetation, but its observation is not always easy and patience is required. Other species
that can usually be found here include Eurasian Coot and several species of duck, including Common
Pochard and Gadwall. Little Grebe and Moorhen breed at this lagoon and can sometimes be seen at close
range. Among the passerines that can be found in the aquatic vegetation, the most common are Cetti’s
Warbler and Common Waxbill (the latter is often seen in small flocks).
In late summer, when the shore of the lagoon tends to get muddy, a few waders can often be seen, such as
Common and Green Sandpipers and during migration times there have been records of Little and Black
In winter, this small wetland attracts small flocks of Teal or Shoveler, while the Crag Martins can often be
seen flying over the water.
In the surrounding pine forests is possible several land birds, such as Turtle Dove, Bee Eater, Azure-winged
Magpie and Greenfinch.
Best season: the information available on this site is very limited, so it is not possible to define the best time
Where it is: in the area of Vale do Lobo, close to Almancil and slightly to the west of the complex of Quinta do
Lago. Access is made on the roads that lead to the surrounding touristic resorts, but the lagoon itself is not
If you want to know other places to watch birds in this region, we suggest:
|View over the central part lagoon, with the aquatic vegetation that covers part of the area
|The small Dunas Douradas lagoon, as seen from the eastern side, through an opening between vegetation
Most interesting species:
Little Bittern, Purple Swamp Hen, Black Tern, Bee-eater, Crag Martin, Azure-winged Magpie
Little Grebe, Litte Egret, Grey Heron, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Common Pochard, Moorhen,
Eurasian Coot, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Little Tern, Turtle Dove,
Kingfisher, Hoopoe, White Wagtail, Cettis’ Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Common Waxbill