Birdwatching in Southern Catalonia
This Birding Catalonia tour is a comprehensive week-long bird watching itinerary of the South Catalan region which aims to showcase the very best that this fantastic terrain has to offer. We will be visiting the most prolific bird watching sites in the area and concentrating on 3 completely different habitats in order to maximize the variety of birds that will be encountered.
Wetlands - In this birding Catalonia tour we will be in some amazing wetland locations, starting of course at the famous Ebro Delta which we will be exploring by car and boat, looking for rare birds like Collared Pratincole, Little Bittern and Savi's Warbler. As the week progresses we will visit some other fantastic wetland birding zones, including Sebes Nature reserve at Flix and also other excellent reservoirs at Ivars & Utxesa (Great chance to see the rare Bearded Reedling).
Mountains - The second key habitat that this birding Catalonia tour incorporates will be mountainous areas in the Els Ports natural park. We will make a visit to the superb vulture observatory at Mas de Bunyol (Griffon & Egyptian Vultures), look for some of the tiny residents of the pine forest (Crested Tit, Firecrest, Bonelli's Warbler etc.) and also drive through some rugged mountainous zones which are suitable for the likes of Blue Rock Thrush, Black-eared Wheatear and many more.
Steppe lands / Plains - The third terrain we will explore during the week will be the drylands close to the city of Lleida, which offer a completely different mix of species in expansive open agricultural zones. Here we can find some of the most sought after species of Spanish birding, with highlights such as Little Bustard, European Roller, Lesser Kestrel, Southern Grey Shrike, Great-spotted Cuckoo, Montagu's Harrier and both Pin-tailed & Black-bellied Sandgrouse.
This Birding Catalonia tour is fully inclusive of return airport transfers to Barcelona International Airport and features five nights accommodation at our private villa close to the Ebro Delta, with the other two nights of the tour based in comfortable Hotels in the Lleida area.
Birding Catalonia tour Highlights Include:
- Fantastic Flamingos of the Ebro Delta, see hundreds of Greater Flamingos feeding in the saline lagoons
- Boat tour of the Ebro Delta, observe spectacular species like Little Bittern & Purple Heron close up!
- Watch hundreds of Griffon Vultures descend to feed in the mountain leg of the tour at Mas de Bunyol
- The colourful European Roller is a highlight of birding the plains around Lleida
- Dramatic vistas throughout the tour, ranging from the flat lowlands of the delta to the rugged limestone mountains of Els Ports.
If you have a little more time to spend on your holiday, maybe you would like to experience a day trip such as the Ebro River Birding Boat Trip.