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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Birds of Sal

Although Sal may be overshadowed by Santo Antão and other islands for birdwatching, we still have an excellent array of species to be proud of!  The birds can be viewed around the salinas, along the foreshore and in the desert.  Although as residents we consider most of the birds to be every day, for visitors from Europe they could be on their life list of birds to see.

Our favourites include the Kentish plover which nests in the salinas, the Red Tailed Tropicbird whose distinctive call can be heard at our camp at Serra Negra and the magnificent ospreys, a massive sea eagle, one of which lives close to Turtle House.

Since we often get asked by visitors to the hatchery about birds as well as turtles we have produced our own little guide to the most frequently seen birds on Sal.  Thanks to Neal Clayton & Guido Vermeulen for their hard work in compiling the list.

Download The Birds of Sal Turtle SOS 2012 here

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