Ebro Delta Natural ParkSatellite View
North-East Spain: Ebro Delta Natural Park. Considered to be the greatest wetland area on Spain's Mediterranean coast, and the second greatest one in the western Mediterranean, it consists of large lagoons, reed beds, channels, rice fields, and seasonally flooded areas of scrub. Its over 8,000 hectares have been declared a game reserve and host some of the country's most important seabird colonies (including a breeding Lesser Crested Tern Colony.) It is because of its role as a breeding ground and refuge for winter migrants that the delta has been defined as an area of great significance in various conventions and has always been classified in the A category. As an example, there are an average of 53,000 ducks and 13,000 Coots each Autumn. These figures represent about 10% of the waterfowl that winter in the whole Iberian Peninsula. Interesting breeding birds are Greater Flamingo (1,461 pairs); Purple Heron (577 pairs); Glossy Ibis (6 pairs); Bittern (4 pairs); Black-winged Stilt (2,093 pairs); Kentish Plover (5,000 pairs); Avocet (405 pairs); Pratincole (70 pairs); Common Tern (3,000 pairs); Gull-billed Tern (267 pairs); Slender-billed Gull (392 pairs) and Audouin's Gull (11,588 pairs). The bird population of the Ebro Delta consists of 50,000-100,000 individuals belonging to about three hundred species, 60% of the total number of species found in Europe.Satellite View
Number of bird species: 390
A Birdwatching Guide to The PyreneesGraham Hearl, James McCallum (Illustrator); Jacquie Croxzier Paperback ( 1 January, 1998) Arlequin Publications
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On Observar Ocells a CatalunyaWhere to Watch Birds in Catalonia J del Hoyo, J Sargatal et al 312 pages, 40 maps, illus. Lynx Edicions 1989
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Where the Birds are in Northeast Spainby Steve West Illustrated by Ernest Leahy [Published by Steve West]
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Where to Watch Birds in North and East SpainMichael Rebane, Stephen Message (Illustrator) Paperback - 295 pages (20 May, 1999) Christopher Helm
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The Ebro Delta covers 320 square kilometres and is the second largest wetland area in the western Mediterranean, after the French Camargue. It has many natural habitats not common to the rest of Catalonia: large lakes of salt water (such as La Tancada) or fresh water (such as L`Encanyissada); kilometres of beaches with sand dunes (El Fangar) and salt wastelands (Erms de la Tancada, Punta de la Banya); places where underground fresh water comes to the surface (Els Ullals); shallow bays (El Fangar or Els Alfacs); riverbank woods and fluvial islands that, together with the ecosystems created by man - rice fields and salt pans - constitute a unique landscape of great natural wealth.
Ebro Delta National ParkWebsite
Birds make up the most striking aspect of the fauna in the Ebro Delta Natural Park. They are very important not only for human interest both also on an international basis, both in quantity and quality. Because the amount of birds that can be found in the park is so large and also the many different species are unique. The bird population consists of 50.000-100.000, belonging to about 300 species and 60 % of the total number of species to be found in Europe...
Llobregat Delta Nature ReservesWebsite
Only the most observant of birdwatchers will have noticed the coastal lagoons whilst coming into land at Barcelona's El Prat airport, perhaps on the way to other, better-known Mediterranean hotspots...
Ports Nature ParkWebsite
The Ports Nature Park is comprised of the Ports limestone massif; a large mountain chain with beautiful rivers, caves, gorges, and peaks well above 1000 m (Mont Caro at 1 442 m is the highest point). The Ports massif is situated close to the Mediterranean coast where it rises at the far eastern end of the Ebro region 200 km southwest of Barcelona...
2004 [November] - Peter Wells - Ebro DeltaReport
Arrived at Amposta in the late afternoon after a 100 mile drive from Barcelona following a superb flight down from Manston with EU Jet. On the way had a good look at a Hoopoe flying across the Autopista. Got a bit lost but eventually found my way out onto the delta in time to see a Marsh Harrier flying off to roost, and discover that White Wagtail and Little Egret are very very common indeed...
2004 [September] - Rhion PritchardReport
...We took the early morning Easyjet flight from Liverpool to Barcelona, where we collected our hire car, a Fiat Ulysse, from Europcar and set off for the Pyrenees. Red Kite and Black Kite were noted on the way, together with numerous Griffon Vultures...
2006 [March] - Audouin Birding ToursReport
...Starting at the Tortosa parador, we made our way down the Ebro River towards the delta. The dry rice fields and channels of the Ebro Delta hold very few species at this time of year, so we went for a birding route that would include as many lagoons, ponds and coastal streches as possible...
2006 [March] - Audouin Birding Tours - Ebro LandsReport
This trip was arranged by the tourist board of the Terres de l'Ebre as an introduction to the area. It included all aspects of the tourist industry, and the birding was at times interrupted by visits to hotels, restaurants and historical sites. However, the birds were the main attraction, and this trip report still gives a good idea of the species likely to be encountered in the Ebro lands during this time of year...
2006 [May] - Jan ScheeresReport
I booked a weeks birding holiday with my friend Jim through Stephen Christopher of Catalan Bird Tours (www.catalanbirdtours.com ) . We stayed in Stephens villa near Sitges and had a self contained well appointed ground floor apartment. On arrival at Barcelona airport Steve picked us up and we had a nice few hours birding at Llobregat marshes near the airport. We had talked about our wish lists and woke up the next morning to the sound of Golden Orioles and Serins in the garden and after breakfast set off for the Ebro Delta.Here we had magnificent and close views of all the herons except Bittern, Caspian and Gull Billed Terns sitting beside Audouins Gulls and the two stints. There was a good deal of visible migration with numerous Willow Warblers in the Tamarisk Bushes and an exhausted Olivaceous Warbler. At the end of the day a stunning male Roller flew in and landed beside a Hoopoe...
2007 [July] - Simon Johnson - La Marina, Costa BravaReport
2008 [April] - Mark FinnReport
2008 [November] - Cristian Jensen - GallocantaReport
...At lunch time we stopped at a restaurant, and after eating all we could, we visited the dry lands of Monegros to do some bird watching. Lorna spotted six Great Bustards, and later a flock of twenty-four Pin-tailed Sandgrouse was found on the ground. From inside the car we had good views of the birds without disturbing them. Then seven Black-bellied Sandgrouse came into our view, flying by quite close to us, but unfortunately they were impossible to see after they landed. Calandra and Crested Larks were seen, and a male Hen Harrier. Our first group of wintering Common Cranes observed flying towards the south-west and Gallocanta...
2009 [May] - Hans SchickReport
2011 [May] - Hilary MacBeanReport
2011 [September] - Pat & Judy HayesReport
2012 [May] - Steve WestReport PDF
...Shortly after we came across a Grey Wagtail and a very obliging Firecrest alongside a small stream. This was followed by a walk through the quiet and lovely Siurana, admiring the views, butterflies and some birds like Cirl Bunting, Eurasian Crag Martin and Alpine Swift....
2013 [May] - Steve WestReport PDF
...The next idea was to walk down to the beach for a seawatch. In fact the only species we saw over the sea was a Sandwich Tern, although the walk was an interesting one for Mediterranean and migrant species such as European Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, (Iberian) Green Woodpecker, Tree Sparrow, Melodious and Willow Warblers, Whinchat, and Pied Flycatcher. Now that was certainly a good way to whet our appetites for the rest of the week!...
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Aventures CoraxTour Operator
Corax offers tailored visits to the best bird hotspots in Spain. Catalunya and Aragon hold three remarkable bioregions of rich diversity and dramatic landscapes: the steppe-lands of Lleida, the Pyrenees and the Ebro's delta, showcasing the best species of SW Europe.
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Birding holidays in bird rich Catalunya...
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Why go birding in Europe? Why go birding in Spain? Why go birding in Catalonia? A fair question. Why would one choose to come to Spain for a birding holiday, bird watching short break or guided bird tour? To put it simply, Spain has the most sought-after birds in Europe. The greatest abundance, widest variety and highest species density of regularly seen birds in the whole continent. And many of these are rare or threatened, can only be seen in Spain or have the vast majority of their populations within the Spanish borders...
Ebro Bird SightingsGuide
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We are all British, freelance, natural history tour leaders who have been living in our respective regions of Spain for many years. Our experience of leading wildlife holidays in Spain and Portugal dates from 1989, both with established wildlife tour companies and a tailor-made basis for independent groups...
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Can Patiras is a large guesthouse with a full view of the Pyrenees and the surrounding Catalonian countryside. It is located in Cistella 15km west of Figueras, Gerona; it`s a perfect place to see lots of diferent birds...
Casa Guilla is a rural guesthouse situated in the prime position of the Catalonian mountain village of Santa Engracia which itself nestles defiantly on a rocky outcrop over 1000 metres up and overlooking the regional capital of Tremp. The views are breathtaking. The scenery is truly splendid. email@example.com
Ebro Riverside ApartmentAccommodation
Mequinenza offers a birdwatching paradise. The area around the Ebro Valley has a variety of fantastic scenic landscapes, moutains farmland wooded areas, olive groves and riverside. Home to thousands of species, like Golden Eagles, Griffon Vultures, Egrets, Night Heron, Bee-Eaters, Shrikes, Golden Orioles, Hobby...
In our restaurant you can taste the typical spanish dishes and the Delta cuisine`s specialities. We offer to our clients a saloon with TV, bar and a tourist information point in our reception, where we advise on the possibilities offered in the land of the Delta. The extensive and varied beaches, the rice fields, humidity zones, the Ecomuseum and the nacional park. Nature lovers can enjoy the specialised guided trips by bicycle, bus or 4WD, fishing excursions, boat tours, bird watching (especially flamingos); sailing, kaiak, canoeing.
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Photographer - Pere Alzina i BilbenyGallery
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Webpage from birder Xavier Martinez dedicated to the wildlife photography specially bird photos...
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