THIS TOUR CAN BE LINKED WITH EXTREMADURA & GREDOS 5 – 11 MAY
Day 1: Barcelona – Ebro Delta
Arrival to Barcelona airport and transfer to the Ebro Delta Natural Park. Depending on flight time lunch could be taken on route. The birding plan would be visiting the rice paddies of El Goleró, the bay of Port del Fangar and the lagoon of Bassa de les Olles time permiting for seeing our first Greater Flamingos, Glossy Ibis, Whiskered Terns, Red-Crested Pochards, Little Bittern… Accommodation and dinner at Deltebre.
Day 2: Deltebre – Northern & Southern Hemideltas
The birding in the morning will mainly take place at the lagoon and sand dunes around the Riumar-Garxal area, placed near the river mouth itself. Other sites to be visited this second day will be Canal Vell (rice paddies & lagoon), Illa de Buda and Alfacada-Migjorn Beach. Amongst the birds species that we should see today are Collared Pratincole, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Gull-billed Tern, Balearic Shearwater, Shag, Kentish Plover, Black-winged Stilt, Pied Avocet…
Day 3: Deltebre – Southern Hemidelta I
We will start the day at the well-known La Tancada lagoon and the SEO/BirdLife reserve called Riet Vell. We will dedicate the evening to explore the largest lagoon of the Ebro Delta, L’Encayissada. Excellent chances for Moustached Warbler, Little Bittern, Caspian, Common and Black Terns…
Day 4: Deltebre – Southern Hemidelta II
A morning visit to the Trinitat I Sant Antoni saltpans, one of the most important sites for resting terns (Common, Little, Sandwich or Caspian might be seen), should produce good views of several species of gulls and waders such as Yellow-legged and Slender-billed Gulls, Little Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Little Stint. Then you will visit the Barra del Trabucador sandbar and the Alfacs Bay, the largest bay in the delta, next to the Punta de la Banya Nature Reserve, a stronghold breeding site for Audouin’s Gull and Greater Flamingos.
Day 5: Deltebre – Tortosa-Beceite Mountains
Today we will completely change of habitat heading into the Mediterranean woods and scrubland slopes of Tortosa-Beceite Mountains, where the most important population of Spanish Ibex in Catalonia occurs. This is a hotspot for raptors (Short-toed Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Sparrowhawk…) and Sylvia warblers like Western Orphean, Subalpine and Sardinian Warlbers. A good site for Rock Bunting, Woodchat Shrike and Blue Rock Thrush amongst many others. Back to our hotel in the Ebro Delta.
Day 6: Deltebre – Serra de Godall
A new day exploring the Mediterranean mountains suitable for specialties such as Pallid and Alpine Swift, Black-eared Wheatear, Bonelli’s and Booted Eagle, etc… Back to the hotel in the Ebro Delta
Day 7: Deltebre – Barcelona
For our last day and flight schedule permiting we will visit the Llobregat Delta, a nature reserve next to the airport of Barcelona with an impressive diversity of birds. Transfer to the airport to catch your flights back home.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT THIS TOUR
Just a short note to express our thanks for organising a great week with a great guide, but Ori is not only a great guide but also a great bloke. He captivated the women and educated the men in equal measure! The hotel was a great base and the food excellent, greatly enhanced by Ori’s local knowledge of what to order and where to go.
Mick Temple (UK), April 2016
Rates per person sharing:
€ 1,400 / £ 1,190 / USD 1,550
Single suplement: € 175 / £ 150 / USD 195
Group size: Min. 4 – Max. 7 participants
* Pounds Sterling and US Dollars are given as an estimate based on 7th July 2016 exchange rates. All prices have to be paid in Euros to Spainbirds Nature Tours S.L.
GUIDE: Oriol Baena
What it is included:
– Ground transport from Barcelona airport in modern, fully seat-belted, air conditioned 9-seat vehicles
– 6 Nights accommodation with en suite bathroom (country inn and small run family hotels)
– All meals inc breakfast, fantastic “tapas-raciones” lunches and evening meals + red wine in a moderate consumption
– Services of professional birding guide
– Basic travel insurance
– Bird checklist (revised edition 2016)
– All taxes
What it is NOT included:
– Air fare (Easyjet, Ryanair and other companies operate daily flights to Barcelona from several UK airports)
– Extra drinks and other items of a personal nature
Target species in this tour:
Scopoli’s Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Egyptian Vulture, Golden Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Montagu’s Harrier, Purple Swamp-hen, Collared Pratincole, Marsh Sandpiper, Slender-billed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Little Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Black wheatear, Blue-rock Thrush, Western Orphean Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Iberian Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Rock Sparrow…
Spainbirds Nature Tours is a tour agent accredited by the Spanish Tourist Board with number CICMA 2517. This code allows us to operate under all international tourism regulations thus assuring all our clients the highest level of protection during their holidays.