I was planning on being in Portugal for 10 days on a bicycle trip, but was hoping to squeeze in a bit of birding. However, I had no car and didn't know where to go or how to get there. Turning to social media, I found on eBird the Regional Reviewer, Eduardo Realinho, for the municipality that I was going to be in, Guardo, where we would have a down day for biking. I connected with Eduardo on Facebook. I was just hoping he could recommend a birding guide I could hire, but instead he volunteered to take me himself and show me some of his favorite haunts.
We spend the whole day together, he took me to multiple sites, showed me a bit of the natural world in Portugal, and shared a lot of his experience with birding. I ended the day thanks to Eduardo with 25 new species on my life list and a few endemics such as the Iberian Magpie, Spanish Eagle, and the Iberian Green Woodpecker.