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Ebro River Boat Trip - 1 Day

Ebro River Boat Trip
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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.

Day 1
Full Day Trip

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
Wildlife Reviews
4.98 stars
- based on 7  reviews
  1. Fantastic River Safari on the Ebro
    Richard Webb11 Jul 2019
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    I have just returned from a 4 day break in the Ebro Delta region. I was lucky enough to book a Boat Birding & Photography Tour with ebrodeltabirding.com and had the most fantastic day along the margins of the mighty River Ebro. Al, the guide and skipper of the boat was a friendly, hugely knowledgable guy and expert photographer and was able to offer advice , information and knew every inch of the river like it was his own. We saw purple herons, Squacco Herons, Little Bitterns, Bee Eaters to name but a few but the highlight came when Al left juicy titbits on the surface of the river near a Black Kite roost which tempted the 2 kites to circle then swoop for the offerings right in front of the boat barely 10 feet away. For a photographer this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and from a bird watching point of view, the kind of personal one on one experience with this magnificent bird of prey that you would struggle to find anywhere else in the wild. The boat is spacious, comfortable and easily cuts through the river to get to different locations but then a silent electric motor allows you to get within just a few feet of the numerous wading and roosting birds among the reeds. I’m still sifting through my hundreds of photographs over a week after returning home. A fabulous day out in the company of a fabulous guide. The guest house is beautifully run by Al and his wife Wendy, is very comfortable and in such a lovely remote location that you can't help but just sit and reflect in the peace and quiet over your early morning coffee. Fabulous value for money, great company and overall a wonderful experience. Already booked again for next year. Do it. You won't be disappointed. 5 STARS*****
  2. Ebro Delta by boat and on foot
    Tom and Sandra Cleary29 Apr 2019
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    Our birding tour with Al was absolutely fantastic. Al was very knowledgeable and informative, and despite the fact that we’d been experienced birders for over 30 years we learned so much from him on our 2-day tour. We also saw wonderful birds in his garden and around his house, such as Bee-eaters and Hoopoe. The house was very comfortable and relaxing. Wendy, Al’s partner, was also very accommodating and helpful, and we had access to all the amenities in the house and we were able to relax there when we weren’t out birding. We spent one whole day on the river in Al’s boat, and another whole day with Al on the northern part of the Ebro Delta. Our day on the river was both incredibly peaceful and exhilarating. The star birds of this trip were the water birds, especially the Squacco Herons, Night Herons, Great White Heron and other egrets, amazing views of a Black Kite circling and diving, and many lively terns, especially the Whiskered. Other special sightings on the first day on the river were the Subalpine Warbler and the Spotted and Pied Flycatchers. Much of the second day was spent on foot, tracking down the Great Reed Warbler, the Yellow Wagtail, the Slender-billed and Audouin Gulls, the Glossy Ibis and flocks of flamingos. The cream on the cake at the end was seeing literally dozens of Collared Pratincoles, mostly standing to attention in just two fields. Since the trip, Al has sent us a portfolio of terrific photos of our best sightings. We definitely plan to go back. Sandra and Tom Cleary
  3. A day boat-birding with Al
    Mike Heljula27 Apr 2019
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    I visited the Ebro Delta in early March and was taken out by Al on the river boat tour. We had a wonderful day, drifting quietly down the reed lined margins of the river. With Al’s help I was able to get great views of passerines such as Penduline Tit and Zitting Cristicola, which I had not previously seen. Other highlights included a huge colony of Night Herons, 2 Booted Eagles perched in riverside trees and to cap it off a magnificent Osprey seen at close quarters in the evening. I would thoroughly recommend this day trip, and great value too.
  4. An afternoon with EbroDeltaBirding
    Felix Brader22 Aug 2018
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    Amazing guide; we had a great time photographing birds on a boat trip up the Ebro; lucky, he had time for me so spontaniously, because i was only there for one day. I am so looking forward to my next trip to the delta in april.
  5. A fantastic day birding on the Ebro
    Elizabeth April elliott01 Jun 2018
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    A memorable day out with an extremely knowledgeable guide. Al made myself and my fellow guests feel safe on his boat and kept us amused with his company whilst seeking out some fascinating birdlife.
  6. Ecellent trip
    Dai and Juliet06 Sep 2018
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    An excellent afternoon. Al picked us up at out hotel and dropped us back afterwards as we had no car. We saw great birds with fabulous views of an osprey with a huge fish. Al was excellent at spotting the birds as they flew by as well as identifying calls. It was a very relaxing and absorbing afternoon of bird watching. Would do it again any time.
  7. 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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Is there a toilet facility on the boat?

No, but we will break off mid-way through the tour at a riverside cafe for a refreshment break.

How big is the boat?

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.

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!

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Tour Facts

  • 1 - 4 people
  • Amposta / Deltebre
  • English