wings over tagus

The Natural Reserve of the Tagus Estuary, close to Lisbon, is the destination if you want to photograph birds. Established in 1976, the Nature Reserve is a bird sanctuary in a traditional Portuguese landscape, allowing you to get unique images of wildlife and the land.


Wildlife Sanctuary
Covering an area of over 14,000 hectares which is a mix of extensive surface of estuarine waters, vast fields intersected by creeks, marshes, salt flats and alluvial agricultural land (marshlands), the Natural Reserve of the Tagus Estuary (RNET) is included in the Natura 2000 network since 1980 and is recognized as a wetland of international importance (Ramsar Site).

This bird sanctuary is mostly important for aquatic birds, which give the Tagus estuary its international importance. The flocks of wintering species reach up to about 120,000 individuals. A shelter for migrant species, the area is also “home” for multiple species, many Mediterranean, not usually seen further North. More than 250 different species of birds, from the Greater Flamingo to the Pied Avocet, of which up to 25% of the population wintering in Europe has been counted on the Tagus Estuary, are listed as present in the area.

Birdwatching at EVOA
This trip for three photographers, on board a 4x4 that offers a good photographic platform for some records and space for each participant to have a window at their disposal to capture unrepeatable moments, allows the discovery of this sanctuary about 70 kilometers from Lisbon.

Although not essential for photography, if participants want to visit the Tagus Estuary Birdwatching and Conservation Area (EVOA), which gives access to hides close to three freshwater wetlands, created by the project and managed for birds, it can be arranged (access ticket not included in tour price). This visit is more suitable for a whole day tour.

Where: Tagus Estuary (Portugal)
When: by arrangement
Cost: €70/person
Group Size: 3
Highlights: A journey through a unique landscape with opportunity to see bulls, horses, agriculture fields and… birds, just a few kilometers from Portugal’s capital, Lisbon.
Registration: To register, or if you have any questions, please send email to info[at]joseantunes[dot]com.