Birding Olhão

Unsurprisingly a few things have changed

It has been six months since we were last here so you would expect a few changes. Some are good such as the road from the airport to Olhão has finally been finished so you no longer have to drive through the centre of Faro.

Changes beyond the marina

Other changes we’ve yet to decide whether they are good or bad such as the destruction of the abandoned fishponds beyond the marina. So far the impact on the Ria Formosa seems negligible but the work is unfinished so this is clearly going to be a case of watch and see.

Fortunately though much is still the same such as the wonderful staff here at Real Marina Residence, the superb lunches at Vai e Volta and of course the fascinating birdlife of the Ria Formosa.

Grey Plover
Grey Plover about to enjoy its lunch!

We haven’t done much since our return on Wednesday apart from stock up the cupboards and stroll around the saltpans.

We will though over the next five months be exploring new areas. For now though here’s a photograph from today when something quite wonderful happened.


The delightful Bluethroat very kindly posed for me without the plastic bottles, mud and weeds. Check out an earlier post of mine to find out why this made our Saturday! Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday too wherever you are, and if you are spending today in front of your computer why not check out Six Word Saturday.

15 comments on “Unsurprisingly a few things have changed

  1. lovely photos – I’m a regular visitor to Olhao too – my inspiration are the wonderful crumbling buildings and streets and the succulents growing wild on armona island. Really enjoy your blog 🙂

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    • Thank you so much. Like you I love the fact that Olhão is not perfect as there is so much beauty in the crumbling buildings, they do though seem to be reducing in number. Guess good for locals.
      We’ve not been to Armona for a whole now – maybe this week! Love the colours there and those succulents you mention are amazing.


  2. Wonderful shots and the blue throat is a catch and a half. Welcome back.


  3. Great work, this.

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  4. These are such a delight, indeed! Thanks, Becky!

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  5. Hello Becky,
    thanks a lot for your wondeful stories and fotos. One day we will meet in Olhão, I’m sure.
    Here my fotoblog:

    Greetings from Wurzburg, Germany

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  6. Jayne Turnbull

    Fascinating update as always. Really interesting to keep up with developments and wonderful birdlife in this area.

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    • Thanks Jayne . . . .at the moment we are unclear if the changes are to create a second marina or a beach. Not sure I’d want to go on the beach here given the sewage outlet is only metres away!!


  7. Amazing photographs dear Becky, how they find and eat them. Thank you, love, nia

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