Ebro Delta Birding. Private bird watching day trips of the Ebro Delta and surrounding area.

If you are visiting the Ebro Delta area and  fancy heading out on a birding day trip, then we have 4 different day itineraries available for you to choose from. You can find full details of our bird watching day trips, along with prices, in the section below.

Benefits of booking with a guide

EXPERT LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

The Ebro Delta is a vast area (think 320 square Kilometers) and as such can be a daunting prospect to tackle without an expert. Al has been living in this region for 20 years and has gained an intimate knowledge of the delta in all different seasons. As a result, Al can take you straight to the zones that will optimize your chances of seeing all the most spectacular sights, along with the possibility for rarities. This includes locations which are away from the beaten 'tourist track', where many unique opportunities await. Our boat tour of the Ebro in particular will provide you with the opportunity to see some of the best birding areas which are completely inaccessible by foot.

FULLY EQUIPPED TOURS

We have all the equipment necessary to get you great sightings and captures of the birds. A Hawke Endurance ED 20-60 x 85mm spotting scope will accompany us on all our tours, and Al will be taking pictures with a Canon EOS 80D coupled with a 100-400mm IS USM mk II lens (along with Canon x1.4 mk III Tele-converter where required). We also carry a  bluetooth speaker to encourage difficult to see birds, such as warblers, out of dense reeds.

DOWNLOAD YOUR PICTURES FOR FREE

When you book a tour with Ebro Delta Birding, you can download Al's photo selection from the day free of charge once the tour is finished. 

Bird watching day trips on the Ebro Delta

Option 1 : Ebro Delta Bird Watching Day trip, by Car & Foot

Tour Overview:

We will discover the best bird watching areas that the Ebro Delta has to offer in this day trip. Our tour will take you through agricultural zones, marshes, salt pans, sand spits, woodland and riverbank as we search for a vast array of bird species.


Typical itinerary of the tour:


  • Tour will commence around 09.00am, you will be collected from your accommodation / train station
  • Morning route around the northern section of the Ebro Delta. The locations we will visit may be altered according to the season, but are likely to include Badia del Fangar and the Lo Golero marshes.
  • Lunch will be taken around 13.00. We give clients the option of breaking off for a restaurant lunch, or alternatively stopping at a picnic area (packed lunches are available on request).
  • Afternoon route will see us switch to the southern section of the Ebro Delta, where we will initially visit Isla de Buda nature reserve and L'Alfacada. we will progress towards the Trabucador sand spit, La Tancada salt pans, paying a visit to the bird watching hide at Riet Vell. The tour will conclude at the vast marshland area of L'Encanyissada in the early evening period.
  • You will be returned to your accommodation / train station at the conclusion of the tour.




 

Tour Facts

  • Locations: Badia del Fangar, Lo Golero, Isla de Buda, L'Alfacada, Riet Vell, El Trabucador, La Tancada, L'Encanyissada
  • Typical duration: Around 9 hours inc. lunch, usually from 09.00 - 18.00
  • Party size: 1 - 6 people
  • Language of guide: English
  • Tour Availability: Year round
  • Best Time of Year: Migration periods may offer widest variety of species, but this tour is productive all year round.
  • Walking involved: Minimal, a few short strolls to observation towers & birding hides
  • Price: Party of 2 people 80 EUR per person, Party of 3 - 6 people 60 EUR per person, Single client booking 150 EUR



Sunset on the Ebro river boat tour, run by Ebro delta Birding

Option 2 : Ebro River Bird watching Boat Tour

Tour Overview:

Our exclusive bird watching boat tour of the lower Ebro river gives you the opportunity to view riverside species at close quarters. We will drift slowly down the unspoiled margins of this beautiful river on our private 18ft Carolina Skiff which provides a perfect platform to observe spectacular species such as Little Bittern and Purple Heron, up close and personal!


Typical Itinerary of the Tour:


  • Tour will commence early to mid afternoon. We can collect you from your accommodation or meet you at the public slipway on the river, depending on which is more convenient for you.
  • We will progress slowly downstream from Amposta, taking in the sights and sounds of the riverside reed-beds.
  • Early evening we will stop at a riverside cafe at Sant Jaume d"Enveja for a coffee / refreshment break.
  • We progress back up stream towards the islands of Isla de Gracia & Isla Sapinya in time for a super Ebro river sunset, where we will witness the spectacle of many thousands of egrets, herons & ibis coming in to roost for the evening.
  • The tour finishes back at Amposta and you will be returned to your accommodation.

Tour Facts:

  • Location: Amposta / Deltebre
  • Typical duration: Around 6 hours, usually mid early / mid afternoon until sunset
  • Party Size: 1 - 4 people
  • Language of guide: English
  • Tour Availability: March - October
  • Best Time of Year: March - May / August - October. Migration periods offer best chance of Osprey 
  • Safety on the boat: Your safety is our primary concern. We provide slimline Life Jackets which it is compulsory for you to wear throughout the boat trip.
  • Price: Party of 2 people 80 EUR per person, Party of 3 - 4 people 60 EUR per person, Single client booking 150 EUR

Bird watching in Spain on the Els Ports vulture & mountain tour, run by Ebro Delta Birding

Option 3: Els Ports Vulture & Mountain tour

Tour Overview:

Our bird watching tour in the Els Ports natural park is an excellent day out and provides a distinct contrast to the type of birding around the Ebro delta, with potential for many different species of birds. We will leave the lowlands in the morning and pay a visit to the vulture feeding station at Mas de Bunyol, where we can see vast numbers of Griffon Vultures descend for their daily feed (possibility of Egyptian Vulture in the summer). In the afternoon we will be searching for a variety of smaller upland birds in both pine forest and rocky habitats.


Typical Itinerary of the Tour:


  • Tour will commence at 8.00am when we will leave the Ebro Delta area and head to Valderrobres (drive of approx 1hr 15mins)
  • Visit to Mas de Bunyol vulture feeding observatory from around 09.30 - 11.00am.
  • We will check the forest area close to Mas de Bunyol for species such as Crested Tit & Firecrest.
  • Lunch will be taken around 13.00, either at a local restaurant or packed lunch (available on request).
  • The afternoon will see us making our way back to the Ebro Delta via the Serres de Cardo-el Boix mountains. Here we will be searching for a variety of species associated with rocky hillsides, such as Blue Rock Thrush and many more.
  • Return to the Ebro Delta mid / late afternoon

Tour Facts:

  • Location: Mas de Bunyol (Valderrobres), Els Ports natural park, Serres de Cardo-el Boix
  • Typical duration: Around 8 hours from 08.00 to 16.00/17.00
  • Party size: 1 - 6 people
  • Language of guide: English
  • Tour Availability: Year round
  • Best Time of Year: April - September offers chance of Egyptian Vulture & other large migratory raptors such as Short-toed Eagle
  • Walking Involved: In the morning, a short walk of 7-8 mins with a mild incline is required to enter the observatory at Mas de Bunyol. The afternoon itinerary does not require any walking, but it is available for clients who wish to venture further into the forest.
  • Price: Party of 2 people 90 EUR per person, Party of 3 - 6 people 75 EUR per person, Single client booking 170 EUR. Price includes entrance fee to Mas de Bunyol.

Purple Heron fishing in the margins of the Ebro river, viewed on a bird watching boat tour

Option 4: Ebro Delta & River combination Tour

Tour Overview:

The Ebro Delta & River combination tour offers an intense day of birding where we will endeavour to see the very best of the area from both car and boat. This is a full day bird watching experience which will begin with a driven tour around the most productive areas of the delta. In the afternoon / evening we will head onto the river by boat and enjoy the magic of seeing riverside birds close up, culminating in a magnificent river sunset and bird roost.


Typical itinerary of the Tour:


  • This tour will commence at around 09.00, we will collect you from your accommodation or meet at a pre-arranged location.
  • In the morning we will visit the best birding sites of the Ebro Delta on a driven tour with a few short walking sections to bird observatories / hides.
  • We will break for lunch around 14.00, either at a local restaurant or picnic (packed lunches available on request)
  • In the late afternoon we will head out onto the Ebro river on our private Carolina Skiff, and enjoy an evening bird watching experience on the river culminating in a wonderful ebro sunset and the spectacle of many thousands of birds heading into roost.
  • On completion of the tour you will be returned to your accommodation.

Tour Facts:

  • Locations: L'Encanyissada, La Tancada, El Trabucador, Riet Vell, Badia del Fangar, Lo Golero marshes, Ebro river between Amposta & Deltebre
  • Typical Duration: This is a full day bird tour with an overall duration of around 12 hours
  • Party Size: 1-4 people
  • Language of guide: English
  • Tour Availability: April - October
  • Best Time of Year: Migration periods are likely to offer the greatest variety of bird species, along with the chance of Osprey on the boat leg of the tour.
  • Walking involved: Minimal, a few short strolls in the morning.
  • Safety on the boat: Your safety is our primary concern. We provide slimline Life Jackets which it is compulsory for you to wear throughout the boat trip.
  • Price: Party of 2 people 100 EUR per person, Party of 3 - 4 people 80 EUR per person. Single client booking 190 EUR