The main attraction for birdwatchers visiting Terceira
has in recent years been the high number of different wader species possible
to see in the quarry at Cabo da Praia. One or several visits there have
often been combined with shorter visits to the harbour area (mostly late
autumn and winter) in Praia da Vitória in search for interesting gulls,
and short stops at Praia da Vitória ponds (= Paul da Praia), and other small
wetlands or reservoirs like Lagoa do Ginjal, Lagoa do Negro or Cabrito water
The former comparable larger wetland at Paul da Praia is at the
moment undergoing a restoration and new "ponds" and "ditches" have been
constructed at the same time as the former landfill has been removed. This
looks all very promising - and let's hopes that those in favour of a restoration
towards a natural environment and function will lead the way, and that the
area not will turn into an artificial city park. Time will tell!
Paul da Praia area in Praia da Vitória. A former wetland
that have been reduced to a couple of small ponds and a rubbish dump (landfill),
but now is being more and more restored. (Photo 2008-09-08:
Apart from a larger wetland in Praia, which
hopefully will attract both more birds and birdwatchers, there are also
other changes taken place.
The quarry at Cabo
da Praia (or more exactly southeast of the harbour) is being slowly cleaned
up and some temporary buildings have been removed. Although we still are
waiting for the final cleaning from old rubbish, and the planned birdwatching
shelters and hide - there is now a straight forward way to approach the
area along the seaside from the north.
Furthermore there is some sort of a seaside boardwalk
being constructed between the fishing boat area in Cabo da Praia and the
beach in Praia da Vitória. This means a better birdwatching path to use
for those that arrange a taxi drive out to the quarry and then walk and
bird the way back to Praia.
Construction works for a bordwalk between the beach
in Praia da Vitória and the harbour area in Cabo da Praia. (Photo 2008-07-20: