We took our bikes and we bought two train tickets.
After 3 hours in the train, we arrived in l'Aldea, where we started our route. We saw a Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata) (pale form) and we went to Goleró, a tidal zone in the Fangar bay, in the north part of the delta. The Fangar bay is a great place to see some waders very close to the coast.
There, we saw some Common Ringed Plovers (Charadrius hiaticula), some Grey Plovers (Pluvialis squatarola), Curlew Sandpipers (Calidris ferruginea), Dunlins (Calidris alpina), Little Stints (Calidris minuta), 2 Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica)... and a Red Knot (Calidris canutus) as the most interesting bird.
|Bad photo of a nice Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) in|
The following day, we visited different places around the Delta. At the morning, we went to Sant Antoni saltpants and Riet Vell reservoir, where we saw (as the most interesting birds) 1 1cy Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) and 1 Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia) in the fisrt place and 1 Temminck's Stint (Calidris temminckii) and my first postnuptial Sedge warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) in the reservoir.
|Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)|
|Temminck's Sandpiper (Calidris temminckii)|
|Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)|
Riet Vell reservoir is a nice place to see shorebirds close. Is a good place to take some photos, and also a good site to see Purple Swamphens, Little Bitterns and Common Terns breeding.
|Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)|
The best sightings of the afternoon were a 1cy Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus) flying across l'Encanyissada, +60 Collared Pratincoles (Glareola pratincola) and 37 Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) in DACSA fields and +130 Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa) in Torre de l'Alfacada. During all day we say lots of commoner birds emphasizing hundreds of Curlew Sandpipers (Calidris ferruginea) that were seen in different places.
|1cy Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus).|
|Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides). It's a very common |
bird in summer.
We went to Punta de la Banya, a big coastal and saltpants zone when we hope found hundreds of ferrugineas.
Firstly, we found 4 juvenile Common Shelducks (Tadorna tadorna). Later we saw more individuals, all juveniles.
It was also a good time to gullwatch a little bit, specially some Mediterranean Gulls (Larus melanocephalus) and some Slender-billed Gulls (Larus genei).
|These are the small holes that the Sandpipers makes|
when they are eating in the sand.
We arrived to Punta de la Banya hide, when we can't continue for the sandbar because there starts the breeding birds pretection area.
|Sympetrum fonscolombii, mature female|
|Punta de la Banya|
|Joan and me (right to left)|