I was alerted to the fact that Greater Flamingo might be breeding at Lagoa dos Salgados by Dennis Wilby, a visiting birder.
Yesterday morning I saw two adults sitting on raised nest mounds at the lagoon, one of which briefly stood up to reveal a single egg.
Flightless chicks were reported at Castro Marim in 1986 and a worker at the salinas (Salt Pans) allegedly found an abandoned cold egg there two years ago.
If there is a hatch at Salgados it will be the first proven breeding of this species in Portugal. And, another testament to how important this wetland is in the Algarve ecosystem.