In this section you can find details of all the latest sightings from our excursions into the Ebro Delta Natural Park, Spain's number 1 destination for bird watching holidays. Scroll down to discover interesting features concerning the birds of the Ebro Delta and surrounding area, and check out more favorite photography from our birding tours in our species galleries!
One of our most popular birding day trips is the bird watching boat tour on the lower reaches of the River Ebro. Join Al aboard our private Carolina Skiff and enjoy the best of the riverside fauna as we search for spectacular birds such as Purple, Squacco & Night Heron, Little Bittern, Osprey and many more!
Check out this video for a sample of some of the birds you can expect to see around the Ebro Delta during the winter months - a great time to plan a bird watching holiday!
In mid September the rice harvest begins annually on the Ebro Delta. This attracts many thousands of herons, egrets, waders and gulls who feast on a veritable banquet of tasty morsels!
New for 2020, we have added a dedicated winter birding tour to our line up of multi-day guided bird watching holidays. The tour will take in some of the most spectacular birding events in Northern Spain and will be available between November and February for parties of 1 - 6 birders.
The first leg of the tour will be on the Ebro Delta, where we will spend a day enjoying a mixture of resident birds and winter visitors.
Highlights: Bluethroat, Moustached Warbler, Glossy Ibis, Greater Flamingo, Booted Eagle, Purple Swamp-hen
For the second leg of the tour we head inland to Laguna de Gallocanta, the largest natural lake in Spain. This famous birding site harbors a wintering population of 10-20,000 Common Cranes annually, with numbers of up to 60,000 recorded during peak migration periods in early November and late February. Alongside the numerous Cranes, we can also expect to see some of Spain's other dry-land species in the plains area which surrounds the lake, and also many raptors.
Birding tours of Gallocanta highlights: Common Crane, Great Bustard, Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Little Bustard, Stone Curlew
The third and final phase of the tour sees us travel north to another famous bird watching area, the Sierra de Gaura. This beautiful mountainous landscape of cliffs and canyons lies on the southern slopes of the Pyrenees. We will be based in the picturesque village of Alquezar and will be searching for some of Europe's most sought after birds, the mighty Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture), and the elusive but elegant Wallcreeper, which over winters on the warm south facing cliffs of the Gaura, even venturing into villages on occasion!
Bird watching holidays, highlights of Serra de Gaura : Lammergeier, Wallcreeper, Alpine Accentor, Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler, Griffon Vulture.
For a full tour itinerary including prices, click through to the Multi-day Tours section of our website
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The Rose-coloured (or Rosy) Starling is a rare vagrant in Catalonia and was spotted on one of our birding tours around the Ebro Delta in late March. Interestingly, the bird appears to be gathering material for nesting. Picture credit goes to our client, Susa Stonedahl from the US, who was on hand to get this nice click of the bird.
This handsome bird was spotted on two occasions in 2019 with clients on bird watching holidays, both during the spring migration period. The Red-footed Falcon is a long distance migrant that will occasionally stray into north-eastern Spain, and we had good sightings of male birds on the Ebro Delta in April and also on the Lleida plains in mid May
This variety of tern is a close relative of the Black Tern but usually occurs in more easterly parts of Europe. Despite this we had a few isolated sightings this spring, mainly on the Ebro river boat birding tours. White-winged Tern can be distinguished from Black Tern by it's red legs and white wing coverts and rump.
A group of 4 Ruddy Shelduck were present for a week or two during the autumn bird migration in 2020. Natural range of this species is more to the far east of Europe, but small colonies occur in western Europe mainly due to escapees from private waterfowl collections which have become naturalized. A rare bird sighting none the less!
This unusual sighting caused a little bit of head scratching on one of our Ebro River boat birding tours back in the summer! The bird is a leucistic Swallow, which has pigment deficiencies that cause this odd, pale looking appearance. The chances of seeing a Swallow with this strange condition are believed to be 1 / 1,000,000!
Rare and localized in Europe, the White-headed Duck has been present on the Ebro Delta during the autumn / winter months in 2020. This diving duck is best seen in the breeding season, when the male birds develop an absolutely stunning bill of powder blue coloration. Sure to be a popular target species on our bird watching tours in 2021!
Birders who opt for any of our multi day birding tours will be treated to a unique spectacle at the Vulture observatory at Mas de Bunyol. We will leave the lowlands in the morning and take a trip into Els Ports mountain range. The highlight of this is a visit to Mas de Bunyol where, as part of a conservation effort, the local vulture population is fed on a daily basis. This remarkable spectacle is witnessed from a superb observatory, and we will see Griffon Vultures descend in great numbers to squabble over the 200 kilos of rabbit carcass that is deposited. In the summer months it is also possible to see the migratory Egyptian Vulture. This tour is also available on a day trip basis.