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-dunes which host huge numbers of Audouin’s Gulls. 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 at the peak of autumn migration.
A visit will be made to the Els Port National Park to look for exciting species such as Griffon Vultures, Black Wheatear, Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle and lots of migrants.
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 Barcelona airport and transfer south to our hotel in the heart of the Ebro Delta. A short drive 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 reed-beds. 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 where we hope to see large 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. With the rice harvest in full swing, paddies and lagoons hold Wood Sandpiper, Western Osprey, Spotted & Baillon’s Crakes, Red-crested Pochard, Caspian Tern, Collared Pratincole and Black-winged Stilt plus the chance of a rarity such as Pectoral Sandpiper, American Golden Plover or Lesser Yellowlegs.
Moving to the coast we can expect to get good views of many Audouin’s Gulls on the saltpans, whilst Whiskered Terns hawk insects above the pools dotted around the area.
Migrating passerines include European Bee-eaters, European Roller, Greater Short-toed Larks, Zitting Cisticola, Woodchat Shrike, Black-eared Wheatear and Melodious Warblers amongst others.
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 limestone peaks hold European Bee-eater, Black-eared and Black Wheatears, Cirl Bunting, Eurasian Hoopoe, Short-toed Treecreeper, European Serin and Alpine Swift plus many more.
The higher crags and sparse bushes are home to Dartford Warblers whilst Griffon and Egyptian Vultures and eagles such as Golden 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.
Full board accommodation for 3 nights
Ground transport in Spain
Full guiding throughout
Drinks and items of a personal nature
Lunch on day 1
Relaxed, one to two miles walking per day
Expect between 110 and 140 species
Tour Cost: £860 (excluding flights)
* Estimated Flight Cost: £250
Single Supplement: £90
*Please see our flights page for more details