A one-day birding trip to the Southern section of the Ebro delta sees a visit to some extraordinary birding locations including Isla de Buda, Riet Vell observatory, La Tancada, Punta de la Banya and the marshes of L’Encanyissada.
Morning - L'Alfacada (Isla de Buda), Punta de la Banya & La Tancada
The morning itinerary sees us take in a great variety of sites with the emphasis initially on coastal birds and waders before we switch to the prolific salt lagoons at La Tancada where we can get fantastic photos of Flamingos at close quarters. Many other spectacular waders will be sighted, such as Avocet and the fantastically elegant Black-winged Stilts.
Afternoon - L'Encanyissada & Filtre Verd
We will break off for lunch at Poble Nou and then resume the tour at L'Encanyissada and the adjoining 'green filter'. This is one of the most prolific sites around the Ebro Delta for a vast array of different species. We can see almost everything around here, spectacular raptors like Marsh Harrier and Osprey, Herons & Bitterns, waders of many varieties and also ducks, grebes, and other waterfowl. A bird watching paradise!
Target species on the Ebro Delta south tour include: Shelduck, Gadwall, Garganey, Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard, Little Grebe, Great-crested grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Bittern, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Greater Flamingo, White Stork, Spoonbill, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Osprey, Lesser Kestrel, Kestrel, Merlin, Hobby, Peregrine, Water Rail, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Temminck’s Stint, Dunlin, Little Stint, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Snipe, Jack Snipe, Collared Pratincole, Little Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Whiskered Tern, Black tern, Sandwich tern, Common Tern, Roseate Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Little Owl, Scops Owl, Nightjar, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole, Woodchat Shrike, Penduline Tit, Crested Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Short-toed Lark, Wood Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Zitting Cristicola, Mistle Thrush, Nightingale, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Red-throated Pipit, Water Pipit, Serin, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Purple Swamp-hen, Glossy Ibis
What is included?
- Collection / drop off from your accommodation in the local area / local train stations
- Cooler with drinks and refreshments
- Spare binoculars available on request
- Spotting Scope
What is not included?
- International Flight Tickets
- Travel Insurance
- Sun protection (Hats / glasses / creams)
- Mosquito repellent
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!
The Ebro Delta south tour does not have any strenuous amount of walking, with just a few leisurely 5 minute strolls to certain hides & observatories. Most of this tour is vehicle based.
We recommend that you bring the following items with you: - Insect repellent (mosquitos can be a nuisance on certain days) - Sun Cream / Hat / Glasses - Binoculars (although we do have spare sets available) - Clothing appropriate to the season