lunes, 20 de febrero de 2012

Aigüamolls de l'Empordà 18/02/2012

I'm sorry, I couldn't post yesterday, but I was quite ill.

On saturday my parents took me to the Aigüamolls de l'Empordà, a very good birding spot on the north of Catalonia, almost touching France. It's a complex of coastal lagoons, and the best wetlands for birding after the Delta del Ebro.
I was looking for two rarities that had been seen for a couple of weeks now, Greater White Fronted Goose and Bewick's Swan.
Once we arrived, we went to one of the hides in the Cortalet lagoon where there were Flamingos, many duck species, Greylag Geese, etc.
We carried on and went to another hide at the same lagoon. There we were lucky, another birder there saw the two Greater White Fronted Geese (lifer) between a group of Greylags. As usual at the Aigüamolls, there were also large numbers of White Stork.
Our next stop was the Estany de Can Túries, where the Swans had been reported. On the way we could see Sardinian Warbler, Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Hoopoe and Skylark amongst others.
Once we entered the hide we got a little disappointed, there weren't any birds except for a couple of Shovelers. Suddendly I realized a big white spot at the end of the lagoon. Full of hope I focused it with my scope, it was a swan. I was already thinking it was the Bewick's when it turned its head and I saw the bill, Mute Swan. There was also a Spotted Redshank around there.
 Just as we had gone out of the hide and were going back again, two birdwatchers which were going to the hide observed two white spots on a meadow newt to the hide. They were the two Bewick's Swans.
After this we went again to the Cortalet area and followed the path which leads to the beach. Our next stop was the Estanys del Matà, where there Greenshank, a lot of Snipes, a Water Rail, etc.
Finally, in the last hide of the day we observed Great Crested and Black Necked Grebes, Tufted Duck and Common Pochard.
 White Storks
 Bewick's Swan (those tiny white things)
 Reed Bunting
 Two more White Storks

miércoles, 8 de febrero de 2012

Delta del Ebro 5/02/2012 with Cristian Jensen

Last sunday we made a one day trip to the Delta del Ebro with Cristian Jensen (a local gide).
We started looking at the Bay of Fangar for waders. There were some Curlews, Dunlins and Bar Tailed Godwits. There were also Slender Billed Gulls, Flamingos, Kingfishers, Whiskered Terns and a Caspian Tern.
We continued on the northern part of the delta and saw Booted Eagle, Moustached Warbler (lifer) at Canal Vell, Water Rail, Osprey and many species of Ducks.
After Canal Vell we went to la Tancada where there were some nice flocks of ducks, including Pintail, Shoveler, Teal...
As we were close to the Trabucador, we decided to take a look, which was a really good idea. There were a lot of birds resting in the Bay of Alfacs. We started scanning the bay looking for interesting species who quickly showed: Red Breasted Merganser, Black Necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe... As I was watching a Merganser, Cristian told me to look into his scope, he had found two Brent Geese (lifer).
Our next stop was the Encanyissada Lagoon, where we were looking for White Headed Duck (three individuals had been seen there) and Greater White Fronted Goose (neither of both showed). We could see Tufted Duck, a very nice male Hen Harrier, Caspian Terns, Pochards, Red Crested Pochards and other ducks.

If you ever visit the Delta de l'Ebre or the area, don't doubt and contact Cristian Jensen and Audouin Birding Tours
Cristian also does trips to Morocco, southern Spain and other places.