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Lagoa dos Salgados
Lagoa dos Salgados or Pêra Marsh is a relatively small coastal lagoon in central Algarve, and one of the birding spots in the country where you can sight a highest number of waterbird species form a fixed observation point. In the surrounding area, sand dunes separate it from the sea, there are some orchards of Fig and Carob, and a golf course. The lagoon is under constant threat of heavy tourism, and is surrounded by urban complexes. 
The area hosts a great diversity of waterbirds, and Greater Flamingos and Eurasian Spoonbills are regular presence. Some of the local breeders are Purple Heron and Black-Winged Stilt. Waders are abundant during the winter and migration season, with Avocet, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit or Ruff being some of the regular migrants. Scarcer wintering birds include Caspian Tern. Some of the local specialties are Purple Swamphen, quite common here, and Ferruginous Duck, recorded to breed in recent years. 
In the surroundings of the lagoon, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe and Woodchat Shrike can be easily found. 
The area also has proven to be a great spot for rare waterbirds, where birds like Long-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs or Lesser Scaup have been spotted, amongst others.

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