Birdwatching in the Azores

For nature lovers, the Azores are a true paradise. With their imaginatively shaped blue lakes adorned by flowers, towering mountains offering breath-taking views of the land and sea, and lush, deep craters of dormant volcanoes, the Azores boast untouched landscapes.

The flora and fauna of the Azores are fascinating, with many endemic plant and animal species waiting to be discovered. Of particular interest are the birds of the Azores.

While the breeding bird population may be relatively low in species diversity, some globally unique species and subspecies can only be found in the Azores. The rare Azores Bullfinch, with only a few breeding pairs remaining, is a prime example. Birdwatchers from across Europe flock to the Azores for the chance to spot numerous rare American migratory bird species that are discovered on the islands each year.

During our journey, we will explore four different islands: São Miguel, Corvo, Flores, and Terceira. São Miguel, the largest island in the Azores, offers a diverse range of experiences, from the bustling coastal city to the serenity of vast landscapes, where hidden lakes are nestled amidst lush greenery and flowers. Corvo and Flores, together, form the westernmost outpost of Europe, attracting frequent visits from American migratory birds.

Terceira presents visitors with a vibrant tapestry of shapes, colors, and scents. The island boasts Angra do Heroismo, the first European island city in the Atlantic, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The highlight for ornithologists is the renowned wetland area of Cabo da Praia. Nowhere else in Europe can so many Arctic and Nearctic shorebirds be observed side by side.

Join us on this remarkable journey and uncover the natural wonders of the Azores, a paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird lovers alike.

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