A vibrant abundance of birdlife awaits you on the Ebro Delta! This section of our website outlines some of our favourite birding experiences on the Delta and features a photo gallery with some of Al's best captures to date. You can also find a comprehensive guide to the species of birds that are present here at different times of the year.
The Ebro Delta has the perfect range of habitats for waders with lagoons, coastal bays, shoreline and muddy fields. We see a huge abundance and diversity of waders throughout the season with resident species, passage migrants and over wintering birds.
Target species: Greater Flamingo, Black-winged Stilt, Glossy Ibis, Avocet, European Spoonbill
We can see a huge variety of raptors throughout the year soaring over the Ebro Delta, with everything from huge eagles to small falcons & hawks present at different stages of the season.
Target species: Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Hobby, Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Red-footed Falcon
The wetland environments which are so abundant on the Ebro Delta provide the ideal sanctuary for these types of birds. Favourite habitats for a huge selection of herons, bitterns and egrets include riverbank and extensive marshland areas.
Target species: Little Bittern, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Night Heron, Great White Egret, Bittern
Some of the most popular birds as requested by our birding clients are the spectacular summer arrivals from Africa, all of which can be found easily in and around the varied environments of the Ebro Delta and surrounding areas.
Target species: European Bee-eater, Golden Oriole, European Roller
Shallow coastal islands and protected breeding areas make the Ebro Delta natural park an oasis for thousands of gulls and terns. We are able to see some rare varieties including 80% of the world's population of Audouin's Gull.
Target species: Audouin's Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Black Tern, White-winged Tern, Caspian Tern
It's no surprise that the Ebro Delta is one of Spain's premier locations for bird watching when it comes to water birds. The huge lagoons and marshes provide the ideal habitat for ducks, grebes and other wetland inhabitants.
Target species: Purple Swamp-hen, Red-crested Pochard, Black-necked Grebe, White-headed Duck
The Ebro Delta offers outstanding bird watching all year round with many of the most spectacular birds being resident breeders here.
However, there are a great many species which are migratory and spend the summer in Europe whilst over wintering in Africa. Because we are on the migratory route that many of these species naturally follow, autumn and spring are great times to visit due to the different varieties of birds which can be seen passing through.
The winter months are also an excellent time to come because there are many species of birds (particularly ducks and waders) that come to the Ebro Delta to over winter in this perfect wetland refuge.
It's not surprising that this vast wetland environment provides a perfect refuge for a huge variety of species in this classification.
Common Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Marbled Duck, Pochard, Red-Crested Pochard
Mute Swan, Tundra Swan, Whooper Swan, Tundra Bean Goose, White fronted Goose, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Brent Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Mandarin Duck,Wigeon, Pintail, Garganey, Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Ferruginous Duck, Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup, Eider, Long Tailed Duck, Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Duck, White-headed Duck
Often sighted amongst scrubland and in olive groves.
Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant
Excellent fishing grounds are in abundance for the diving birds
Little Grebe, Great-crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe
Red-throated Loon, Black-throated Loon, Great Northern Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe
Many examples of these marine wanderers can be seen around the coast.
Scopoli's Shearwater, Greater Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Yelkouan Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Storm Petrel, Gannet, Shag, Great White Pelican
The abundance and variety of birds within this category is a true highlight of the Ebro Delta
Bittern, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Western Reef Heron, Little Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Greater Flamingo
Little Bittern, Black Stork, White Stork, Spoonbill
Predatory birds abound in this rich biological environment
Black Kite, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Hobby
Honey Buzzard, Red Kite, White tailed Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Cinereous Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Rough-legged Buzzard, Greater spotted Eagle, Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Merlin, Eleonara's Falcon, Lanner Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey
Vast numbers can be sighted in and around the marshes, including the stunning Purple Swamphen
Water Rail, Little Crake, Baillon's Crake, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, red-knobbed Coot
Spotted Crake, Sora, Corn Crake
Perfect conditions abound for a wonderful selection of wading birds
Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Little ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Black tailed Godwit, Redshank
Stone Curlew, Common Crane, Plover (6 varietals) Dotterel, Whimbrel, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Ruff, Sanderling, Dunlin,Little Stint, Sandpiper (15 varietals), Phalarope (3 varietals), Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Lesser Yellowlegs, Jack Snipe, Long-billed Dowitcher, Woodcock, Snipe, Great Snipe
Some of these Ocean wanderers have been sighted around the Delta
Cream-coloured Cursor, Pomarine Skua, Parasitic Jaeger, Great Skua, Puffin, Razorbill
A huge variety of these coastal birds can be viewed, including the rare Audouin's Gull.
Little Tern, Gull-billed tern, Whiskered Tern, Sandwich Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Common Tern, Rosette Tern, Slender-billed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Audouin's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull
Bridled Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, White-winged Tern, Royal Tern, Black-legged Kittiwake, Bonaparte's Gull, Little Gull, Laughing Gull, Mew Gull, Ring billed Gull, Herring Gull, Iceland Gull, Great Black-backed Gull
Often spotted in woodland around the Ebro
Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove
A number of different owl varieties are possible
Barn owl, Scops Owl, Little Owl, Long Eared Owl
Often arrive in vast flocks, a spectacular sight especially on the river
Swift, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin
Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow
Some of the less easily categorised birds in the area that may be encountered on your bird watching holidays
Cuckoo, Great-spotted Cuckoo, Nightjar, Hoopoe, Bee-Eater, Roller, Kingfisher, Wryneck, Golden Oriol, Magpie, Jackdaw
Green Woodpecker, Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, Brown Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Carrion Crow
Many examples can be sighted amongst the countryside
Penduline Tit, Great Tit, Bearded Reedling, Short-toed Lark (2 varietals), Crested Lark, Sky Lark
Goldcrest, Firecrest, Blue Tit, Crested tit, Coal tit, Calandra Lark, Long-tailed Tit
The riverside and reedbed habitats are perfect for a huge selection of Warblers
Cetti's, Spectacled, Sardinian, Savi's, Melodious, Moustached, Reed, Greater Reed
Palla's Leaf, Yellow browed, Dusky, Western Bonnelli's, Wood, Chiffchaff (common & Iberian), Willow, Blackcap, Garden, Lesser & Common Whitethroat, Western Orphean, Dartford, Subalpine, Moltoni's, Grasshopper, Western Olivaceous, Icterine, Aquatic, Sedge, Paddyfield, Blyth's Reed, Marsh
A great many varieties can be spotted in the undergrowth
Short-toed Treecreeper, Starling, Spotless Starling, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, Common Nightingale, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Cristicola
Wren, Rosy Starling, Ring Ouzel, Naumann's Thrush, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Siberian Blue Robin, Bluethroat, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Collared Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Black redstart, Common redstart, Rufous-tailed rock Thrush, Winchat, Stonechat, Siberian Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Dunnock
Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Tawny Pipit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Serin, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting
Citrine wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Richard's Pipit, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, Water Pipit, Rock Pipit, Brambling, Chaffinch, Hawfinch, Rosefinch, Trumpeter finch, Linnet, Siskin, Snow Bunting, Citrin Biunting, Cirl Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, Rustic Bunting, Black-headed Bunting
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