A one-day birdwatching boating trip on a private 18ft Carolina Skiff where you will head out into the most inaccessible spots on the delta. Here you will see hordes of river-dwelling birds including rare herons, bitterns, egrets and a variety of raptors depending on the season. Magnificent photographic opportunities await as a silent electric motor is used to drift slowly and silently towards the birds.
We recommend the river tour to begin early afternoon and we will launch the boat at the public slipway in Amposta. We will make a slow journey all the way down river and take a close look at the Illa de Buda reserve. Many rare varieties of Heron and Bittern will be observed, such as Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern and Night Heron. On our way back we will stop at a Riverside Cafe for a refreshment, and then take in the nightly Egret roost at dusk on Illa de Sapinya, where hundreds of Egrets return to roost creating an impressive spectacle. At certain times of the year (Spring & Autumn) there will be a very high chance of seeing Osprey on this tour.
Notable species we are likely to encounter on the Ebro river boat 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
What is included?
- Cooler with drinks and refreshments
- Spare binoculars
- Life jackets
What is not included?
- International Flight Tickets
- Travel Insurance
- Sun Protection (Creams / glasses / hats)
- Mosquito Repellent
No, but we will break off mid-way through the tour at a riverside cafe for a refreshment break.
The boat is an 18ft (5.5 meter) Carolina Skiff. The flat bottomed design of the hull makes the boat extremely stable on the water. The boat will comfortably cater for the guide and up to 4 bird watching clients.
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!