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!
Seamless adventure with great birds. We had such a great experience birding in Spain with Al as our guide! Highly recommend this tour!
What an awesome day! We went the last week in august 2021. We drove 1,5h from the surroundings of Vilafranca and boy was it worth it! We did a full day with Al, south and north side. We just saw so many species that were new to us, it was incredible. 26 new species we counted for us medium experienced bird watchers from the Netherlands. Al was really kind and arranged everything smoothly. Would 100% recommend, and hopefully come back one day, as in every period of year there are interesting different birds to see in the Ebro delta!
A superb experience! We spent 4 days with Al exploring the Delta and surrounding area. Al is great company and has an unbelievable depth of knowledge. Would 100% recommend!
We started our Spain birding in the afternoon half of our first day exploring the Ebro River with Al Henderson from Ebro Delta Birding. The seasonal winds were working against us but our wonderful & sharp-eyed guide managed to bag a decent amount of sightings despite very windy conditions and bumpy ride.
It was not a great day photographically as the winds and bumpy ride made it real challenging but it was a wonderful way to spend the 1st day with an excellent introduction to the Ebro river, the source of life in the Ebro Delta.
I would wholeheartedly recommend anybody with interest to take up this trip with Ebro Delta Birding, personally I would love the come back in a different season to do this again where other species can be observed.
Spain is a criminally under-rated country when it comes to birding and the Ebro Delta is a decent place to start exploring, being a manageable driving distance from Barcelona.
Our guide Al promised a much better 2nd day and he was right, the 2nd day was nothing short of amazing.
Excellent Birding on the Ebro Delta. We spent two days birding with Al. One on the Ebro River and the other in the delta. Both days were great! On the river we saw more herons than ever before; especially night herons. We also got extremely close to a little bittern and observed it catching a fish. The delta itself was packed with birds and we saw everything from hoopoes and wagtails to marsh harriers Audouin’s gulls. Not to mention a large number of shore birds. Al has an exceptional knowledge of birds and is definitely in the know of the best areas to see birds in different environs. He was great to spend time with and is also a very good photographer. Highly recommended. We will definitely do another tour when we return to Spain. Thanks Al!
We spent a wonderful afternoon and evening (3 of us with Al as our guide). The trip was very well organised and started right on schedule. It was wonderful to motor down the Ebro River in a small boat and to get so close to the bird life along the river banks and the two islands we passed. The distance we covered and the immensity of the river were impressive as was the smaller channel we took which ended very close to the sea. We had numerous occasions to meander slowly along the bank to see the many birds up close. Al was an excellent guide and made the trip a real learning experience for us. The high-speed return to our starting point at the end of the evening was most exhilarating. All-in-all a great experience that we would definitely recommend to others
The Ebro Delta is a truly great year round destination to visit for a bird watching tour, and we can see a great diversity of bird life in the different seasons. This video gives you an insight into some of the birds you can expect to encounter throughout the year.
The iconic bird of the Ebro Delta bird watching experience is the Greater Flamingo. We have a huge population numbering well into the thousands which can be seen all year round. Enjoy this video featuring these fascinating and beautiful birds!
One species you are sure to encounter on a bird watching tour of the Ebro Delta is the Grey Heron. In this video we can observe these stealthy hunters as they search for prey around the various wetland birding habitats which can be found on the delta.
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 Guara. 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 Guara, even venturing into villages on occasion!
Bird watching holidays, highlights of Serra de Guara : Lammergeier, Wallcreeper, Alpine Accentor, Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler, Golden Eagle, Eurasian Black Vulture.
For a full tour itinerary including prices, click through to the Multi-day Tours section of our website
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!