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Campervan Adventures in Spain & Portugal: Ria Formosa Park

Today was so much fun! We parked by the Faro airport and wandered through Ria Formosa Park and saw all the birds!

Okay you can't really see them, but these were flamingos!! Which I was very excited to see. I mean how often do you see wild flamingos?? 

There were so many fun birds!

All the flamingos!

We saw most of these birds! I saw someone post a little while ago how you are going on living your life never really caring about birds and then bam! You turn 40 and you are a birder. I laughed because it is so true for me! I even downloaded the free app Merlin Bird ID which I love! If anyone else is interested it is a great app for identifying birds! You can do a sound ID where it listens and tells you what birds are around, or a step by step ID where you enter the info and it gives you a list of potential birds. You can also save the birds so you know what you saw where. I love this app and it is so fun seeing what is around!

They also apparently have wild chameleons here! Though we didn't see any

We got to the beach for lunch

And then wandered back to the car a different way and saw so many little crabbies in the mud!

We even saw a turtle cross the road, but it was far away. We saw something moving so strangely and couldn't figure out what it was, so the binoculars came out and it was a little turtle!

The planes also took off and flew overhead right here!

Once back to the car it was off to camp (Algarve Motorhome Park Falésia) which was just a short walk to Praia da Falésia!

And in for a swim! The water was freezing, but we still swam for a bit!!

After dinner we came back to watch the sunset on the beach

Such a fun day! All the birds plus we got to go swimming!

17.58km walked/10 flights



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