Terceira Island, Portugal
Azores Birding in an unlikely placeThe amazing Azorean fauna and flora makes these islands a natural hidden treasure of the world. If you are an animal lover, and your perfect idea of vacations is to watch different species of birds, insects, and fishes, among others, the Azores is the place to be.
In Cabo da Praia, Terceira, inside an old quarry where stone for the construction of Praia da Vitória port was extracted, in the end of the industrial park and next to the Fuel Park of Terceira Island, you can find an unlikely place to watch birds.
Looking around, it’s not the most attractive place, but the Birdwatching International Community considers it one of the biggest spots on the Ocidental Paleartic to observe North American species. Close to the sea, during the high tide, some ponds appear in the quarry. This is the exact spot to observe the birds that look for wetlands for feeding, nesting, and to rest from long migratory journeys.
In this wetland, you may find a significant number of waders species, some rare migratory birds, ducks and the endemic aquatic specie: Snowy Plover – a small wader in the plover bird family that breeds in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, the Southern and Western USA and the Caribbean.