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Ebro Delta Birding Experience Tour, Catalonia, Spain - 6 Days

Ebro Delta Birding Experience Tour, Catalonia, Spain
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Ebro Delta Bird watching Tour

The Ebro Delta Experience bird watching tour is our mid-length multi-day option and is currently our most popular birding holiday. During your 4 day visit we will be taking a comprehensive look at the birds of the Ebro Delta natural park and also embarking on a day trip into Els Ports natural park with a visit to Mas de Bunyol (Vulture observatory) and spending an afternoon in the mountains looking for raptors and other bird species associated with upland terrain.

This tour features private airport transfers to and from Barcelona, Valencia or Reus International Airports and 5 nights accommodation in our private villa, situated right on the doorstep of the Ebro Delta in a tranquil countryside location. The villa will be your 'home from home' for the duration of your bird watching holiday and will comfortably accommodate parties of up to 8 people. There are also great opportunities for birding at the villa, the big raptors patrol the area regularly and species such as Hoopoe, Bee-eater & Golden Oriole are frequent too around the garden.

The Ebro Delta Experience bird watching tour offers a completely different birding day trip for each of the 4 days of your visit, starting out with a trip into the southern section of the Ebro Delta. The second day we will be heading out onto the Ebro river by private boat to see the most unspoiled areas of the delta and get close up to many varieties of birds of the river bank. On day 3 we will head into the mountains to check out feeding vultures and many other species of upland pine forest and sunny mountain slopes. The tour culminates with a day trip of the varied habitats of the northern section of the delta, completing a comprehensive overview of the bird-life and environments contained within with remarkable birding paradise!

Ebro Delta Experience bird watching tour - 5 highlights:

  • Vast flocks of Greater Flamingos viewed close up on the saline lagoons of the Ebro Delta
  • Wonderful waders, a diverse selection of Europe's wading birds throughout the 4 seasons
  • Discovering the Ebro delta by boat with close up views of birds like Little Bittern & Purple Heron
  • Vultures & Raptors on our trip to the Els Ports mountains with a memorable visit to Mas de Bunyol
  • Unforgettable scenery of the unique Ebro Delta, along with fantastic seafood paellas at rustic local restaurants
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival day

You will be collected from Barcelona El Prat International Airport by one of our team and transferred to your accommodation, our private Villa situated in the countryside just outside L'Ampolla on the edge of the Ebro Delta. The remainder of the day will be at leisure, in the evening you can dine out in the Mediterranean harbour resort of L'Ampolla or self cater at the villa, according to your preference.

Day 2
Day 2 - Ebro Delta South guided birding tour

Following breakfast you will head out on a full day guided birding tour of the southern section of the Ebro Delta with Al Henderson. We will be visiting all of the best bird watching sites to the south of the river, which will include some of the well known areas as well as some hidden gems. Areas of the Delta which will be visited will include Isla de Buda, Riet Vell bird observatory, La Tancada salt marshes, El Trabucador sand spit and also the huge reed-beds and open water lake of L'Encanyissada.

Lunch will be either a Packed Lunch, or alternatively a stop off at a local restaurant - according to the clients preference.

Day 3
Day 3 - Ebro River bird watching boat tour

Morning will be at leisure, although there are some great birds to be found close to your accommodation in the olive groves for those requiring an extra birding 'fix'. The boat tour will begin after lunchtime when you head out with Al on a private 18ft Carolina Skiff, launching at Amposta. We will be slowly making our way down the river, observing many birds such as herons, bitterns, egrets, warblers, terns and raptors from close quarters. The tour concludes with an Ebro sunset and the spectacle of hundreds of birds returning to their roost on Isla de Sapinya in the heart of the Ebro Delta.

Day 4
Day 4 - Els Ports guided mountain birding tour

Following breakfast we make an early start and head to Valderobres in the Els Ports natural park. Here we will meet Jose Ramon (the Vulture man!), who will take us to his excellent observatory where we will witness the feeding of many hundreds of Griffon Vultures, with the possibility for Egyptian Vulture too (summer months). After witnessing this unforgettable spectacle, we will then be working our way back towards the Ebro Delta but checking out birding sites in the pine forest belt, as well as some rocky mountain slopes on the way.

Once again lunch is a choice between a Packed Lunch option or a Restaurant stop off.

Day 5
Day 5 - Ebro Delta north guided birding tour

The final bird tour of the Ebro Delta Experience is a guided tour of the Northern section of the Delta, where we will again be visiting a mixture of habitats in search of the best bird life on offer. Areas that we will be visiting will include Lo Golero marshes and Badia del Fangar, riverbank habitat on the northern bank of the Ebro, Riumar and also the El Garxal lagoon at the mouth of the Ebro.

Lunch is a choice of Packed Lunch or Restaurant stop off.

Day 6
Day 6 - Departure Day.

 One of the team will return you to Barcelona airport in time for your return flight home.

Notable species we are likely to encounter on the Ebro Delta Experience Tour: Red Crested Pochard, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Black Kite, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle, Osprey, Kestrel, Black-winged Stilt, Common Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, Whiskered Tern, Black Tern, Audouin’s Gull, Turtle Dove, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, Penduline Tit, Sand Martin, Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Zitting Cristicola, Nightingale, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Serin, Reed Bunting, Shelduck, Gadwall, Garganey, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Great-crested grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Bittern, Greater Flamingo, White Stork, Spoonbill, Short-toed Eagle, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Bonelli’s Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Kestrel, Merlin, Hobby, Peregrine, Water Rail, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Sanderling, Temminck’s Stint, Dunlin, Little Stint, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Collared Pratincole, Little Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Sandwich tern, Common Tern, Roseate Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Cuckoo, Little Owl, Scops Owl, Nightjar, Roller, Woodchat Shrike, Crested Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Short-toed Lark, Wood Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Mistle Thrush, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Grey Wagtail, Red-throated Pipit, Water Pipit, Linnet, Purple Swamp-hen, Glossy Ibis, Red-legged Partridge, Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Goshawk, Golden Eagle, Alpine Swift, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Raven, Chough, Jay, Crested Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Thekla’s Lark, Woodlark, Skylark, Crag Martin, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Western Subalpine Warbler, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Short-toed Treecreeper, Wren, Rock Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Alpine Accentor, Rock Sparrow, Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, Corn Bunting

What is included?

  • Airport Transfers Barcelona Airport
  • 5 nights accommodation in our private villa close to L'Ampolla (B & B or self catering)
  • 4 private guided bird watching days with Al Henderson
  • Drinks and snacks available at the accommodation (honesty bar)
  • Spotting scopes and spare binoculars available

What is not included?

  • International Flight Tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches & Evening meals (packed lunches can be arranged for certain tours)
Wildlife Reviews
4.98 stars
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  1. Wonderful day of Birdin!
    Sandy Vickers22 Nov 2019
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    I would give 10 stars if I could to our day birding with Al. He took us to many environments and was so knowledgeable about what we were seeing. We are from the U.S., and we added many more new birds to our life list that day. I would highly recommend him as a guide!
  2. Ebro Delta and environs
    Neil Berry28 Oct 2019
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    Four day version - packed tour of the Ebro Delta and environs including a river boat excursion, the high plains and mountains, vulture feeding extravaganza and much more with my ‘birding wife’ and fellow non-birding daughter, all brilliantly weaved together by Al. His relaxed but expertly informative style made for a great overall experience and varied holiday, with many spectacular and memorable sights. Plenty of opportunity as we drove round the delta for photography and sightings. Whether you are an expert birder or not (I'm definitely the latter!) doesn’t matter as Al caters for all and his enthusiasm is infectious. All other parts of the holiday worked well with accommodation and smooth transfers. Fab time, great introduction to the area leaving us wanting more. Highly recommended.
  3. Ebro Delta Birding, birding at its best
    Lesley Cogger-Berry28 Oct 2019
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    This place is special. This guide, Al Henderson, is special. We visited with Ebro Delta Birding, in autumn, on the tail-end of the migration south for many bird species and we were very privileged to witness spectacle after spectacle. Numerous Marsh Harriers cruising in to roost amongst the reedbeds all on a backdrop of hundreds of glossy Ibis criss-crossing the dusk sky and a murmuration of starlings thrown in. 1000 or more White stork shuffling for position before swirling up in turn on the midday thermals amongst red kites, griffon vultures and even a much rarer black stork. And the exchange of roosts between the night heron colonies, with their large bright red eyes, switching places with many hundreds of egrets, cormorant and an osprey, all viewed in reflection too, with the sunset behind, from Al's boat out on the river Ebro. The delta itself has vast numbers of birds, some resident, some migrant. All year round you can also witness the balletic displays of the flamingos, of course and we also took the opportunity to witness a private feeding of over 200 Griffon Vultures at a fantastic mountainside retreat permitting panoramic views from above and below. As a family (not all of whom are 'birders') there was something for everyone... new species, new behaviour, new songs, fantastic photo opportunities and a chance to see a wide variety of landscapes. Well over 100 different bird species were seen on this trip. However, it is the sheer number of birds that was unexpected and that easily rivalled costal reserves in the UK and trips to The Gambia, for example, with the promise of more to be seen at different times of the year too.
  4. Ebro Delta Birding Review- Great October visit
    Lisa & Stephen Featherstone29 Sep 2019
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    We had a fantastic 4 days birding with Ebro Delta Birding. We went to the Northern and Southern Delta, on the river boat trip and to the nearby mountains. Al, our host was extremely knowledgeable about the area, the birdlife and specific places that different species could be found. We would have been completely lost without such an experienced guide. Al is also an excellent photographer and sent us a range of beautiful photographs of the birds we saw. We had four very different days including one on the river, one in the nearby mountain range, featuring over 500 Griffon vultures feeding, and two in different parts of the delta area. We experienced a range of habitats and bird types and were able to get extremely close to the birds, including the smaller ones which are sometimes difficult to see let alone get close to. Al also provided background information on the habits of the various birds. Highlights included Osprey, numerous kingfishers, a Egret Roost, Waders, Vultures, and the small birds incuding a Firecrest and Crested Tit. We very much look forward to returning to the area and Ebro Delta Birding.
  5. MagicAl
    Abdus-samad Rana25 Aug 2019
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    This was my first birding tour abroad and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My wife enjoyed it too even though she is not an active birder herself. This is because the tour has been structured so well by Al with a different experience every day. I would like to mention that if your other half is a non birder or passive birder it doesn't matter. Just take them along as they will love the peace and quiet of the countryside villa, the beautiful scenery of delta and mountains, and the variety of experiences on each day of the tour. Even though there is a village 5 minutes away from the villa, we decided to stock up on supplies and cook our evening meals at the villa. There is a large Eroski supermarket that Al took us to on the first day where everything is available. We even bought a nice pair of slippers as we'd forgotten to bring ours. Al was really flexible with the tour and even agreed to an extra half day of birding for an extra charge in the drylands on the way back to Barcelona on the final day. We had booked a 5 night stay in Barcelona after the birding and Al was kind enough to drop us off at the accomodation we had booked. Ok now on to the birding. On the way to the villa we were fortunate enough to get a red necked nightjar! We managed to get a really clear view in the car headlights. A dream start. Al is an expert on the area and new exactly where to go to get different species. The first day we visited the South Delta and got 55 species, 20 of which were completely new to me such as bee eater, collared pratincole, penduline tit and audouin's gull. We also got a great paella for lunch! The second day we visited the griffon vulture observatory which was simply an amazing experience. Hundreds of vultures were fighting for food and being fed by one brave man! We also crossed the river on a car ferry which runs completely on the river current. This was a totally unique experience which we both loved. The third day was the river boat tour which started mid day till sunset. The highlights were little bittern, caspian tern and an osprey towards the end! We managed to get quite close to the osprey on the boat and Al took some great photographs including some aerial shots. My wife loved the boat tour especially the stunning sunset views at the end. The fourth day was the north delta, highlights included slender billed gull, little tern, golden oriole and temmink's stint. Now this was supposed to be the end of the birding but we had decided to do a half day birding on the last day on the way to Barcelona. This was great because it was a different kind of habitat and gave us different species including short toed eagle, roller, pin tailed sandgrouse, woodchat and southern grey shrikes and best of all LITTLE BUSTARD. This was the best bird of the tour as they aren't seen much. All in all we got 101 species, 41 of which were new. This is more than we were expecting during this time of year. Also, Al provided us with some great photos he had taken which he shared via dropbox. I can't recommend Al and this tour enough and we will be back probably in Spring to get a different variety of birds.
  6. 4 day tour
    Bryce Henderson20 May 2019
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    Wow!!, 4 days birding, 116 species, in different terrains. Day one in the southern delta with all the usual specials, a field with numerous scattered pratincoles, plus the bonus white winged tern. Day two, exploring the southern LLieda steppes, with blue rock thrush, black-eared wheatear, greater spotted cuckoo and wryneck. Day three, the northern Llieda steppes. Short-toed eagle, red-footed falcon, lesser kestrel, montague harrier and lots of very wary rollers. Day four covered the high mountain fores and a final afternoon back in the Delta covering bits we'd not visited on day 1. Firecrest, crested tit, subalpine warbler and sort-toed treecreeper I have been guided in many parts of the world and whilst obviously biased because of our relationship, I rate Al amongst the best. His sensory abilities are second to none with us finding the firecrest from hearing its call through the open window of a moving car. From the bird locating us, he then heard faint crested tit peeps, the bird was with us within a minute along with the treecreepers. Al's skill with the camera means one can concentrate on the bird experience, knowing he will forward his photos onto you.
  7. Super birding and guide
    Tom and Christine Boyd07 May 2019
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    Our first experience birding on the Ebro delta and it won't be our last. Al was a super guide and host - we stayed in his very spacious villa (5 bedrooms most en suite). It was located a short drive from L'Ampolla where there are some good restaurants- 20 Euros return by taxi. We had 5 full day trips, one of which was on his boat on the river. Stupendous- very relaxing as the river has little traffic and got us close to the birds. Al seemed to have appointments with the black kite, penduline tits and a variety of herons. The trip to the mountains to see the Griffon vulture feeding station was spectacular- we must easily have seen 150 birds at close range. The trip to Flix nature reserve was also great- finally got good views of nightingale, having heard but not seen about 500 singing all week!! Also the best views of the great reed warblers singing their little hearts out. A treecreeper was also spotted and we had spectacular views of Egyptian vulture, booted eagle, buzzard, black kites and blue rock thrush. The other 2 days we spent north and south on the delta and saw an amazing group of collared pratincoles, a bird we had only ever seen singly before. Another highlight all week was the number of bee eaters in close proximity- having previously mainly eluded us on other birdwatching holidays. To top it all Al is a very good photographer and took photos of most of our sightings, a total of 103 for the week. It was the close proximity to the birds that we found especially good e.g. little bittern, wood sandpiper and a number of warblers and waders. To sum up we would thoroughly recommend the experience with Al and we will definitely be planning a return trip.
  8. Mucho más que aves - Un día con Al desfrutando del Delta del Ebro
    Javier Martinez06 Apr 2019
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    Pasamos un día con Al visitando el norte y sur del Delta, aprendiendo el ecosistema, paseando en coche y a pié, haciendo cientos de fotos y disfrutando de la excelente gastronomía de esta tierra (no faltó el arroz pero las navajas, caixetas, calamares, gambas y mejillones no se quedaron cortas!). Contratar a Al fué un regalo de mi mujer y mío para nuestra amiga Liz que venía desde Londres y es una apasionada de las aves. Nosotros no lo eramos, o eso creíamos, pero todo cambió despues de divisar y fotografiar más de 26 especies de aves en total libertad Que alguien te lleve a los mejores lugares y te permita un tour adaptado a cada necesidad es algo impagable, sobre todo cuando tienes poco tiempo. Las tarifas muy razonables. Al atardecer estábamos agotados y felices, con esa sensación de algo especial e inolvidable que nos hizo sentirnos orgullosos de esta tierra, de este Delta sorprendente y cambiante. Un día para perfecto. Gracias Al Javier i Monica, Sant Pere de Ribes.
  9. 3rd visit
    George Bryce24 Sep 2018
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    Dec, May, September. All the usual specials, flamingos, swamp hens, crested pochards.. The winter migrants in December, summer ones in May including roller, Orioles, and pratincoles, loads of raptor in autumn with great osprey viewing from the boat which allows closer approach. Nice accommodation, a friendly guide with great knowledge of the birds and the Delta. Excellent value and experience

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Why book with Ebro Delta Birding?

The Ebro delta in North East Spain is one of Europe’s premier wetland bird watching destinations. A wide variety of watery habitats can be found within > 320 square kilometres of the natural park, with diverse environments ranging from salt marshes and sand dunes to river bank and woodland. This range of habitats attracts a bewildering selection of birdlife with a species list exceeding 300 varieties!

What are the options for lunches & evening meals?

At lunch time we will either stop at a local restaurant and grab some lunch, or alternatively we can arrange to take a packed lunch. Evening meals can be taken in L'Ampolla ( a short & inexpensive 5 minute taxi ride away), or you can self cater at the Villa which has full cooking facilities including a barbecue. We can arrange a super market visit if you prefer the self catering option.

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Tour Facts

  • Ebro Delta, Els Ports Natural Park
  • 1 to 8 people
  • 5 nights / 4 days
  • Spring Migration (mid March - mid May), Autumn Migration (mid August - mid October)
  • English
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • +12 years (accommpanied by adult)
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • Barcelona El Prat International Airport
  • Barcelona El Prat International Airport