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Ludo
Bathed by the Ria Formosa, Ludo is a local concentration of waterfowl
by the characteristics of their habitats. Here, we are in the presence of
saline areas, lake areas, marsh and reedbed. Although it can be
traversed using vehicles, is preferable to use a bike or walk the walk
Ludo.
Most interesting species:
Spoonbill, Kentish Plover, Red-necked Nightjar, Great Reed Warbler, Azure-winged Magpie

Other species:
Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, White Stork, Wigeon, Gadwall,
Teal, Garganey, Shoveler, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Black Kite, Osprey, Moorhen, Water Rail,
Eurasian Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Knot, Common Redshank, Greenshank, Little Tern, Green
Woodpecker, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler

Rarities:
Marbled Teal, American Coot, Cream-coloured Courser, Sociable Lapwing, Red-necked Phalarope,
Herring Gull
Spoonbill, which also breeds in the area, can sometimes be seen here.

Continuing along this route will take you to
Quinta do Lago.
Best season: All year. The variety of birds that can be found at this location varies throughout the year. This
site is important for wintering, breeding and migrant birds.
District: Faro
County: Faro
Where it is: To get to Ludo from Faro, just leave the city following the signs to the airport and after leaving the
main N125, and turn towards the Pontal-Gambelas. Another possibility is to follow the road that runs around
the Faro airport and that leads to Praia de Faro.


If you want to know other places to watch birds in this region, we suggest:
A view over ribeira de São Lourenço
Visit:
Starting with the zone Gambelas / Pontal, near the airport, it is possible
to visit the pine plantations which lie before Ludo farm. Birds around
here include Azure-winged Magpie, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker and
Red-necked Nightjar. After the pine forest lies an area of
well-preserved reed beds, which hold Reed Warbler, Great Reed
Warbler, Moorhen and Water Rail. Nearby, there are several salt pans
and ponds and this is where the majority of waders can be found;
typical species here include Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Knot and
Greenshank. There are several breeding pairs of Kentish Plover and
Little Tern.
Close to the saltpan area lies Ribeira de São Lourenço; this is a small
river where you can find some of the highest concentrations of Wigeon
and Shoveler in Portugal. Other birds here include Great Crested
Grebe, Gadwall, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Garganey and Teal.
Often there are flocks of Eurasian Coots. On the banks of the river,
there are large trees, which are often used as a perch by Cormorants
and White Storks, along with the odd Osprey and the Black Kite.
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