Saturday 14th - Tuesday 17th April 2018EBRO DELTA, SPAIN - WONDERFUL WETLAND BIRDING
The Ebro Delta is one of Europe's greatest birdwatching sites. Declared a Biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2013, the delta is the most important wetland on Spain's Mediterranean coast.
The landscape is scattered with rice paddies, large lagoons, saltmarsh, dunes and sand-flats which host the world's largest Audouin's Gull colony. From Greater Flamingo, Western Swamphen, Little Bittern, Collared Pratincole through to Moustached Warbler and Red-necked Nightjar, there will be plenty to see during this short break.
A visit will be made to the Els Port National Park to look for exciting species such as Western Orphean Warbler, Black Wheatear, Golden Eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle and Bonelli's Eagle plus many more.
Our hotel is perfectly situated within the delta and gives easy access to all the birding sites.
Tour Leader: Steve Grimwade
Maximum Group Size: 7
We fly from London Stansted to Reus airport and transfer south to our hotel in the heart of the Ebro Delta. A short drive then takes us to the northern shore of the River Ebro where the afternoon will be spent exploring this rich area. Black-crowned Night, Purple, Squacco and Grey Herons, Little Bittern, Great Egret, Eurasian Spoonbill and Glossy Ibis are numerous around the reedbeds. The many shallow lagoons are home to small numbers of Temminck's and Little Stints, Curlew Sandpiper and in recent years, Red-knobbed Coots have become regular visitors.
We conclude the day on the coast with a visit to a tern colony and we hope to see vast numbers of Gull-billed, Sandwich, Common and Little Terns with the occasional pair of Lesser Crested Tern thrown in for good measure!
We return to the hotel for a wonderful evening meal after experiencing our first delights of the delta.
After a good breakfast we head south to the southern section of the delta where the day will be spent exploring varied habitats such as rice paddies, lagoons and saltpans. The rice paddies and lagoons hold Spotted Crake, Red-crested Pochard, Caspian Tern, Collared Pratincole and Black-winged Stilt plus Great Reed and Savi's Warblers.
Moving to the coast we can expect to get good views of many Audouin's Gulls on the saltpans, whilst Montagu's Harriers can be seen floating butterfly-like over the fields and Whiskered Terns hawk insects above the pools dotted around the area.
Breeding passerines include Lesser Short-toed and Greater Short-toed Larks, Zitting Cisticola, Woodchat Shrike, Black-eared Wheatear and Melodious Warblers amongst others.
After our evening meal we will head out to look for migrant Red-necked Nightjars that may have arrived from their wintering grounds in Africa. With luck we will get good views as they sit on quiet tracks during the evening whilst the songs of thousands of Tree Frogs echo around.
We have a change of scenery and head to the Els Port National Park where the scrub and olive groves on the lower slopes of the limestone peaks hold Bee-eater, Black-eared and Black Wheatears, Cirl Bunting, Eurasian Hoopoe, Short-toed Treecreeper, European Serin, and Eurasian Scops Owl plus many more. The higher crags and sparse bushes are home to Dartford and Subalpine Warblers whilst Griffon and Egyptian Vultures and eagles such as Golden, Short-toed Snake and Bonelli's regularly hunt the area.
This wildlife-rich park isn't just good for birds but also mammals. Spanish Ibex have a stronghold here along with Wild Cat, Otter, Wild Boar, Roe Deer and over 20 species of bat!
We spend the last few hours exploring a couple of sites close to the hotel before heading to the airport for our return flight back to the UK.
Flights from London Stansted to Reus
Full board accommodation for 3 nights
All ground transport in Spain
Full guiding services
Drinks and items of a personal nature
Lunch on day one
Relaxed, one to two miles walking per day
Expect between 120 and 140 species
Ground Price: £700
*Air Price: £150
Total Tour Price: £850
Single Supplement: £90
*Please see our tours page regarding flight costs