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Delta de Llobregat

The Barcelona international airport is surrounded by a wetland called Delta de Llobregat. It’s an excellent place to get a really close look of the busy birdlife. It’s easiest to reach by car. The distances might seem short looking at the map, but distance can easily be a 5-10 km when getting to the next place because of the airport. Alternatively one could walk or bike along the beach. Gear used during the trip: D3s and Tamron 150-600.

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Ebro Delta revisited

Breaking the rules

Back in Ebro Delta again. It has been one year since the last visit but this time we focused on Barcelona and spent only one day in Ebro Delta wetlands. It is well suited for a day-trip from Barcelona and takes about 1 1/2 hours one way by car using the toll-highway (autopista AP-7, €20-30 one way). There is an option for those that have more time and are looking to save some money by taking the “scenery-route” along the coast. This will take 30-60 minutes longer but you end up saving the highway tolls. As mentioned this time our hub was located in the outskirts of Barcelona, Castelldefels. We rented a car that we used to get around and the first day we spent at Delta Ebro, 150 km south from Barcelona.
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Ebro Delta in December 2015

A winter trip back to Ebro Delta

Kingfisher hiding

Kingfisher hiding

This time we visited the wetlands in winter. We stayed at the Tancat De Codorniu hotel which used to be the summer house of Spanish King Alfonso XII. The hotel is surrounded by fields of oranges, and offers an real treat between the adventures to the delta area and the mountains. We spend most of the time exploring the wetlands but also a couple of days at the mountains in the Els Ports and Benifassa nature reserves. The last night we stayed in Barcelona and had the chance to visit Delta del Llobregat next to El Prat-Barcelona airport. Both wetlands were full of life and definitely worth while visiting in winter.

Here are a couple of pictures from the trip. Click for a larger view.

Here are two panoramas from the mountains. Please click for a better and larger view.

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View from the mount Caro towards Delta

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Dam at Pantá de Ulldecona in Parc natural de la Tinenca de Benifassa

Small creatures from our trips in Navarra and Catalonia, Spain

Beauty

Beauty

Dragonflies, dragonflies and more dragonflies. There were millions of them everywhere. Some small, some huge, some plain and some brilliant. This was of course a feast for birds and spider alike. We also saw a blue bumblebee, a carpenter bee which was quite interesting because of the coloring and size. It seemed as the little hoover fly in the picture was admiring that blue fellow as well, flying around it for quite some time.

Below you can view some of images from the trip. For the best experience, please click on the image.

Birding in Spain, part 3: Sierra de Urbasa

Nacedero de Urederra

Nacedero de Urederra

Sierra de Urbasa is part of the Urbasa-Andia Natural Park located in the most western part of Navarra. It’s only a short drive away from Pamplona offering a quick escape from the city. Be careful when driving in the natural park for there are plenty of horses, cows, sheep, bikers and hikers roaming around.

Sierra de Urbasa is also home of Griffon vultures which were easy to spot all over the surroundings, often flying at low altitude. From the top of the Urederra gorge it’s possible to get a closer look at the nests as well as the passing birds from above and below. The view is spectacular, but be aware of sudden drop, since there are no railings.

Down in the valley there is a natural park with a beautiful river, waterfalls and a magical forest called Nacedero de Urederra. There is a large parking lot from where the path to waterfall begins. The 3 hour back and forth hike goes thru a little sleepy town before entering the actual natural park. The path in the woods goes along the beautiful blue river with small ponds. In the forest we did not spot almost any birds, but it’s still worth vile a visit. It’s a popular destination for the locals to have a picnic and for tourists to visit.

Below you can view some of images from the trip. For the best experience, please click on the image.