This is a story about a very beautiful day of September, when I got to observe Flamingos in Portugal.
I’ve been eyeing on beautiful stories from people witnessing these gorgeous birds in the country since I arrived here. Sometimes in the South, other times on the west coast. I came across one or two by chance in the past, but never had the time to sit and capture the beautiful encounter.
Having spotted some photos online making sure they were there at this time of the year, the trip was planned on a beautiful afternoon.
Memories of an unforgettable sunset
Peacefully eating and preparing for the night, they were there. Witness them living in the lake like there was nothing around was such a nice moment to experience.
If you’ve never been birdwatching and you can’t get a sense of it, let’s compare it to meditation. Focusing on the birds, making no noise and listening to them. Trying to understand their way of doing things, makes you completely forget everything else. And it soothes you. At least it does for me.
Slowly walking at the rythm of the Flamingos, I loved to take some shots of the flora around too. The surroundings of the lake were as gorgeous as these creatures. The golden hour light is no myth. Everything looks more delicate and bears the pastel colors that I particularly like.
Many days later, I still can’t believe I got to observe Flamingos in Portugal. I live for this kind of precious moments. Knowing they’re rare and only getting rarer. That’s why it’s so important to respect the fauna and flora on each of your observation.
Precautions to take when you observe Flamingos in Portugal
- Always be silent and make slow movements. Stay afar and respect their environment.
- Never leaves any waste and/or grab the ones you find on site if you have a bag with you.
- Don’t disclose the exact location of the birds. You don’t want loads of people disturbing nature.
This apply not only when you observe flamingos in Portugal but to every outing in nature obviously. You’ll find plenty of content about fauna and flora in Portugal on the ICNF (Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas) website.
Want some more ideas about what to do once in Portugal? Head to the Discover Portugal section of this blog for plenty of inspiration!