Tagus Estuary & Fuente de Piedra~


Portugal and Spain have extensive wildlife reserves,

sheltering flamingos, black headed gulls and many other birds!

Tagus Estuary is the largest reserve in Western Europe,
and one of thirty natural protected areas in Portugal.

Fuente de Piedra Natural Reserve in Malaga Spain is known for it’s flamingos.


To mark the last day of our trip, we escaped the bustle of Lisbon,
and spent the day exploring,

enjoying the blooming flowers,
and belly dancing in little town of Alochete Portugal!
We are home at The Holler now, but it is still, cheers to you from Portugal & Spain~

211 thoughts on “Tagus Estuary & Fuente de Piedra~

  1. What you always share is more than beautiful! The images you capture reflects the beautiful spirit which has made a lasting home in your heart! Nature smiles with every shot you share! Have a lovely Sunday Cindy, and thanks for sharing your gift!

    1. All the best to you my dear friend Wendell! Thank you for your thoughtful words. People like you are why I so love blogging! Be well and happy weekend Wendell~ <3

  2. Timothy Price

    Beautiful photos. We were on the Rhône delta in 2103, but the mistral winds had set in so we had steady 60 mph winds blowing sand on the beach and making it difficult for the poor flamingos.

  3. I really liked the ruuins, would have liked to explore them… did you get up and do any belly dancing, to keep the “bod” limber…. you headed back to the holler?

  4. Why wouldn’t one leave Lisbon altogether and live forever in Alochete! Amazing photography as always. Is it the expense of your camera, or are you an absolute natural – one out of the bag?! One day we shall meet, and I shall ask for a lesson!

    1. Alochete has the most interesting pronunciation in Portuguese. It sounds a bit like my favorite swear-word. It was a charming little place and the whole town was out for the fair. I agree with you. Lisbon is an incredible city, but nature’s peace cannot be beat!

  5. Cindy, those close-up photos of the flamingos make me want to reach out and pet them! What a treat to get out into the more relaxed areas of Portugal. Those old buildings are full of charm. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

      1. When I lived in CT there was a about a year where plastic flamingos were landing in a pond off the highway. It was kind of fun to see the flock growing. Some prankster was having a wonderful time.

  6. Welcome home and thank you for this amazing tour, Cindy! Flamingos symbolize beauty, balance, and grace and so does your photos. <3

  7. I’ve been trying to catch flamingos and get close in several places – Mexico, Morocco, Spain… Never came close to photos such as these. Well done, they are beautiful!

  8. Astonishing pictures, so beautiful, Cindy. I am sure you had a good time there and enjoyed a lot. But Portugal and Belly Dance? I would not have expected it. 🙂

    1. There is such a strong Moorish influence in Portugal and Spain. It influenced architecture, tile design, music and dance. So lovely. But, I admit, the belly dancers had me hopping out of the car before it stopped!

  9. Same here in Florida! We developed so much of the state that the only flamingos you see are at preserves – sad. I’ve watched as years went by, less and less wildlife in the state.

  10. Great photos! I was so pleased to see flamingos. In 2006, we went to isla flamingo, in the Bahamas and I expected to see thousands of them. Unfortunately, they’d been devastated by bird flu and the sanctuary was closed to visitors … I did not see a single flamingo down there.

  11. Welcome Home!! Cindy, these flamingos are stunning — my fingers are twitching to pet their long, soft necks. And the color just pops, doesn’t it?! Thanks for letting me travel vicariously!

  12. Oh, I just love flamingos so this would be heavenly! I’ve never heard of it before but made a mental note now – hopefully will get a chance to visit – and see some belly dancing. It’s not audience participation, is it?!

  13. Great photos again Cindy! As you know we have the flamingos here as well from April through September. Perhaps you will catch shots of them on your next trip through… 🙂

      1. Wonderful Cindy. Where do you plan to be? Next year, it almost sounds far away but yesterday was Christmas and it is already June… 😉 x

      2. I know, I thought exactly the same thing as I wrote this to you! We are making changes in the trip now, but so far we will be in Alsace. Tell me again where you are?

  14. Flamingos are always up for a bit of photography, Cindy, and your telephoto captures them beautifully. Too bad the belly dancers weren’t performing that other great dance of the region, then you could have titled your blog: Flamingos and Flamencos. 🙂 –Curt

  15. gli aironi fiammeggianti sono quanto di più elegante e bello possa offrirci la natura, ce ne sono anche da noi negli stagni della Sardegna, li hai inseriti in un contesto davvero magnifico, complimenti

  16. We visited the nature preserve in Malaga, Spain region some years ago. Missded the nellie-dancers, though. Found a local shop where we purchased ham, cheese, and bread for lunch, just before he closed for siesta. Great memories.

  17. Beautiful photos as always 🙂
    Yes the flamingos are beautiful and so are the red poppies but they come alive through your eyes and your camera 🙂 What a gift you have ! Obrigada for sharing
    Turtle Hugs

  18. What a beautiful end to your trip Cindy!! The thing that made me most homesick for Spain were the red poppies. They grew thick in the fields around the pueblo where we lived!! You to their vibrant colors just right!! Thanks for sending off all these photos!

    1. At The Holler we are surrounded in spring by fields of California Poppies which I love, but it is only in Europe that I see the red poppies which I so love! They are simply stunning. I can well understand why you loved them~ <3

      1. I have a little photo of a couple red poppies on the bulletin board over my desk. They just seem so happy. Glad you were able to see so many beautiful things Cindy!! Welcome home!

  19. I really like the vibrant colors of the clothing in the local folks who live in these quaint and beautiful towns, Cindy. I am so happy you seem to have had good weather!
    The pretty pink flamingoes are perfectly captured with even the circles around their eyes displayed! I cannot help loving the sweet and oh so soft baby ducklings, too. Thank you for stopping by my posts, as I run through saying catch up as often as work allows. <3 Peace and so glad you are safe and sound home again, Cindy.

    1. I have no idea why your posts weren’t showing up in my reader. At some point I said, “Where’s Robin?”
      I went to your blog and saw all I missed.

  20. Bonsoir CINDY MERCI pour le partage de ces belles photos
    L’amitié est un sentiment fort
    Il est beau de la découvrir
    Sur ton blog je peux lire tes poèmes , tes créations
    Les messages de tes amis (ies)
    C’est une appréciation forte
    On peux y trouver toutes sortes d’amis Français ou étrangers
    Quelle partage
    Sur nos blogs on vit un monde de paix
    Ce serait si beau que sur terre règne la paix règne

    Passe une belle soirée , prends soin de toi
    Bernard , bises

  21. You took fabulous of these beautiful flamingos, Cindy! Love the close up images. 🙂 It’s so wonderful to travel with you. 🙂

  22. So pretty! Cindy, thanks for liking my post about Irena’s cookbook – I would love it if you could share with your friends! It’s a good book – and she’s pretty poor:) Her son has actually ‘borrowed’ nearly all her money and she’s just about broke.

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