Thursday, February 18, 2016

Catalunya - Ebro Delta

The Ebro Delta covers a significant area but the birding spots aren't particular easy to find.  The day was a little hurried, it was a fleeting visit before the flight home and the weather wasn't particularly typical of Catalunya.

I tried to make the most of it there and decided to drive around in search of whatever February could offer.

The beach was a desolate place as the cool wind skipped off the sand with just a Little Egret and a Sanderling there dancing along the shore as the sea lapped against the rocks.



Skirting round the edges of the agricultural fields, a group of Purple-Swamphen were present, and nearby, an impressive flock of around 250 Glossy Ibis took flight as I attempted to quietly creep up for a closer look.  Also there were a few Green Sandpiper, and a single Wood Sandpiper that was frustratingly flighty.



The inlet at El Garxel held a few interesting birds including a gathering of Mediterranean Gull, Greater Flamingo, a couple of Whiskered Tern, and a Dartford Warbler on the walk up to the viewing screens.



A fluffy first-year Black Redstart was picking off insects along the edge of the estuary.


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