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Some short overviews of the Ebro Delta, Cap de Creus, Garraf Massif, Llobregat Delta, Aigüamolls de L’Empordá

Oliva Rama tours

Oliva Rama Tours and Holidays

  • Being based on the east coast of Spain I run half & full day tours, plus a popular 'short break' birdwatching around the Valencia, Alicante, & Albacete Regions. In addition to the locally run birdwatching tours we also have all-inclusive birdwatching holidays to other areas of Spain including Andalusia, Castilla la Mancha & Extremadura, Pyrenees & N/E Spain, and the Picos de Europa. Our WP tour programme is currently limited to Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia, Southern Morocco and Scotland, but we have plans to expand to Bulgaria, Poland and the Azores.

Catalunia and North West Spain November 2010

  • Stephen had done much research in advance of our arrival and as such was quite confident that our bird would show up. About five minutes later, as predicted, he spotted our quarry a stunning Wallcreeper....John Fox reports.

Costa Blanca, March 2013

  • We walked up to a viewpoint next to the visitor centre to find several pairs of re-introduced Red-knobbed Coots...Clive and Jack Oldham report.

RSPB Aberdeen Local Group Catalunya Trip 30th April to 7th May, 2011

  • Our trip to the Ebro Delta, Els Ports Mountains and the Lleida Steppes of Catalunya was timed to coincide with the start of the bird breeding season and at the same time pick up migrant passerines and waders, passing North through the delta area....Hilary MacBean reports.

Birding in Catalonia October 2010

  • Back to Aiguamolls, and here we picked up Water Pipit before the first star bird of the day when not one but five Honey Buzzards passed overhead with many Pallid Swifts...Frank Mawby reports.

Catalonia September 2010

  • On our return journey we managed to pick up Caspian Tern-another lifer for me, an Osprey fishing and slender billed gull...Jonathan Prochera reports.

La Pineda, Costa Dorada. May 26th-June 2nd 2009

  • Typical birds of the fields and hill slopes were Whinchat, Woodlark, Subalpine, Sardinan warblers. And the small valleys held a profusion of Melodious and Cetti’s Warblers...Derek Lister reports.

Murcia and Alicante 12-17 April 2008

  • Driving the 60k to our house in Fortuna, north of Murcia,where we stayed for the five days.The area looks very barren at first glance, but to the East of the main E15 dual carriageway, lies the fertile, green area of El Hondo,with it’s pools and marshes. I was to visit here next day...Alan Jack reports.

Barcelona, Spain, June 2007

  • This is less a commentary on the practicalities of bird-watching from Barcelona, reflecting my experience on a recent short break in Catalonia...Graeme Charles reports

Murcia January 2007 - A short overview, Brendan Threlfall

Catalunya-NE Spain 6th - 13th May 2006

  • The following day we went to the Lleida steppes and had stunning views of Pin Tailed Sandgrouse amongst Stone Curlews surrounded by flocks of Calandra Larks...Jan Scheeres reports

Roses, North East Spain 8th August to 15th August 2005

There were many highlights during the holiday, but perhaps the best bird for me was one, possibly two, Alpine Accentors seen at around 2500m at Nuria. At that height, I also had good close views of Griffon Vultures overhead, but disappointingly no Lammergeiers....Colin Davies reports.

Collared Pratincole

The Ebro Delta, Spain and the Ile de Re, France May 2004

  • During May we made a trip to France and northeast Spain, partly business, partly birding; there was no rigid birding itinerary. The Ebro Delta was the only site we had definitely planned to visit. In the event, we managed to squeeze in a fair amount of birding, including a few days at the Ile de Re, a large island in the Bay of Biscay...Nick Ransdale reports

Spicing up a trip to Barcelona - The Llobregat Delta

  • The Llobregat Delta is adjacent to Barcelona International airport and is probably the best option for birdwatchers staying in Barcelona with a few hours to spare....Chris Cameron reports

Ogston Bird Club, Spanish Pyrenees-Belchite-Ebro Delta May 14th -29th 2003

  • To Belchite for 0600 hrs and our date with Dupont's Lark.  Immediately we opened the car doors we heard them calling.  We had distant views but they were almost impossible to locate, I think they have burrows. An amazing experience listening to this very rare bird...Richard Wesley reports




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Some Useful bird books for Eastern Spain :
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Where the birds are in Northeast Spain
Steve West: Buy direct from the Author

  • This excellent book looks at all the most wanted birds of Aragon and Catalunya and gives the key sites in which to find them (with some nice sketches and handy maps), thus enabling the visiting birder to quickly target the species at the top of their wish lists!

Where to watch birds in Southern and Western Spain
Ernest Garcia and Andrew Paterson: Buy from or

  • The reprint and update of this excellent book have been long awaited. I have birded in this region of Spain many times and yet I still have much to learn, Garcia and Paterson are the experts. Where else in Europe can you see five species of swift in one day? Did you know that Ruppel's Griffon Vulture is now regular in part of the region? New sites have been added and access details thoroughly updated. Areas covered include birding hotspots such as Extremadura, Gibraltar and Ronda. A "must buy" if you are traveling to Southern Spain.

The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe
Rob Hume, Peter Hayman (Illustrator): Buy from

  • This is quite simply the best illustrated guide to Europe's birds that I have seen. Every bird is pictured at least five times (and sometimes twenty times) in varying poses within its habitat. Seeing the birds in context, really gives this book the edge.
    The text, written by an expert, is concise, thorough and up to date. Many of the recent splits are included. The likes of Yelkouan Shearwater and Southern Grey Shrike are illustrated superbly for perhaps the first time in any recent guide.
    More than a field guide, the book is coffee table size, and certainly deserves to be in the collection of every serious bird watcher.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson: Buy from or

  • "Well, it has been much hyped but it is all true. This beats most other European guides by a significant margin. The songs and calls are extremely well notated, even though the pronunciation takes some getting used too. Many pictures for each species. Very information dense. Buy it. The best available bird identification book for Spain

Where to Watch Birds in North and East Spain
Michael Rebane, Stephen Message: Buy from or

  • North and east Spain embraces an impressive range of habitats from the Pyrenees to the sun-drenched Catalan coast. As a consequence the area is rich in birdlife and full of potential for visiting birders. The 189 sites are described in terms of habitat, access and the species to be seen. The 104 major sites are accompanied by a map as well as maps of the region to show the location of each site.

Recommended travel books for Spain:

The Rough Guide to Spain
Mark Ellingham: Buy from or

  • Published Jan. 2002, "The Rough Guide to Spain" is thoroughly up to date (all the prices are in Euro's!) and of the usual high standard that we have come to expect from Rough Guides. This is an excellent guide to my favourite place in Europe for a bird watching holiday. Over a thousand fact filled pages entice the reader to visit the towns, castles and Moorish villages, so full of character and history. For the birder, there is a very useful section on wildlife that gives an overview of the birds to be seen and the main regions to see them.

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