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Ebro Delta the south coast

We explored the southern coast of the Ebro Delta with its wonderful mix of habitats. The lagoons, marshes, saltmarshes and beaches here are teaming with birds!

Squacco Heron head
Roadside pools hold all sorts of amazing birds and progress is very slow as we kept stopping every few yards to admire more great birds. This Squacco Heron was watching us, watching him.

Whiskered Tern post
Whiskered Terns are abundant in the delta and their gratting calls fill the air over the paddyfields and reedbeds.

Wood Sandpiper pool
Waders were on the move with many species passing through even though it was only mid-July, this beautiful Wood Sandpiper was one of two birds in a shallow pool.

We headed out on to a long sandy spit that held breeding colonies of gulls and more waders, in particular many Kentish Plovers scuttled along the tide lines giving great views in the warm sunshine. Slender billed and Sandwich Tern
Mixed flocks of gulls and terns were roosting on the salt pans and it was brilliant to compare and contrast the species, here Slender-billed Gull with Sandwich Tern.

Slender billed Gull ballet
This wonderful adult Slender-billed Gull seemed to have aspirations to be a ballet dancer!

Every where we looked we saw great birds with Mediterranean and Yellow legged Gulls all over the beaches, Caspian Terns powering over the shallow waters, as egrets and herons strode through the blue waters. But it was the Audouin's Gulls that stole the show here. A large breeding colony of these enigmatic gulls were on the low dunes and we just soaked up the views!

Audouin's Gull juvenile
A juvenile Audouin's Gull resting on the sands after its first flight.

Audouin's Gull flock
Just a few of the hundreds of Audouin's Gull that breed in the Ebro Delta.

More images to follow soon!

We have some great birding trips coming up so why not join us?
This Friday, 22 July, we are visiting the Dee Estuary, RSPB Inner Marsh Farm and the Little Tern colony at Gronant, we should see some great waders, terns and gulls plus lots more! To book your place or for more information just email

We look forward to enjoying great birds with you!


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