Birdwatching Boat Trip on the Ebro Delta River
The 1-day Ebro River Birding Boat Trip is one of our most popular experiences, a leisurely paced trip available on request, where we head towards otherwise inaccessible spots on the Ebro River and explore exclusive birding sites which cannot be reached on foot.
"We spent a wonderful afternoon and evening (3 of us with Al as our guide). It was wonderful to motor down the Ebro River in a small boat and to get so close to the bird life along the river banks and the two islands we passed. The distance we covered and the immensity of the river were impressive as was the smaller channel we took which ended very close to the sea. We had numerous occasions to meander slowly along the bank to see the many birds up close." - Sandy Young
The Ebro birding boat trip is conducted on our privately owned 18ft Carolina Skiff, a stable and comfortable flat bottomed boat with a bimini top that provides shade during the warmer parts of the day. By using a silent electric motor we are able to approach birds in a careful, non-obtrusive manner which allows us magnificent close up views and is perfect for bird photography and observation alike.
The Ebro birdwatching trip lasts for around six hours, commencing mid-afternoon when we launch the boat at Amposta and make our way downstream. We are then able to observe hordes of river-dwelling birds including target species such as Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Black Kite, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Golden Oriole, Whiskered Tern, Audouin' Gull, Penduline Tit and Great Reed Warbler.
Midway through the Ebro birding boat tour, we stop off at a riverside cafe where we can relax and enjoy refreshments while enjoying a splendid view out across the water.
The trip culminates in spectacular fashion with views of the daily roost of hundreds of egrets and herons returning to their safe perches on Isla de Sapinya. This is usually accompanied by a spectacular Ebro sunset as we head back into the slipway.
Ebro River Birding Boat Trip highlights include:
- The majestic Purple Heron fishing in the margins of the Ebro during the summer months
- Multiple sightings of beautiful Kingfishers, which are extremely abundant along the riverbank
- Ospreys fishing on the Ebro during migration periods
- The impressive evening roost of hundreds of herons and egrets who arrive around sunset at Isla de Sapinya
If you'd like to have a look at what longer tours are on offer, start by checking out the Birding in South Catalonia Tour, Spain.
Alternative Tour Name: Birdwatching on the Ebro River Day trip