00o00´/00o00´ 32,000ha, 0-10m, coastal lagoons, marine bays, rice fields, sandy shores, saltmarsh, reedbeds
Birding Site Guide
This is the longest river in Spain and also its largest delta. Over 300 species of bird have been recorded here. Despite protection as a RAMSAR site, and in parts a Natural Park, hunting is still legal across most of the area. It is home to the world’s largest colony of Audouin’s Gulls. There is a wide range of places to stay of varying quality.
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The list gives only the main species to look for here there are many commoner species not included.
Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Black-necked Grebe, Cory’s Shearwater, Yelkouan Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Purple Heron, White Stork, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Garganey, Black Kite, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Montagu’s Harrier, Osprey, Quail, Spotted Crake, Water Rail Purple Gallinule, Crested (Red-knobbed) Coot, Common Crane, Oystercatcher, Black-winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Dotterel, Kentish Plover, Temminck’s Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Wilson's Phalarope, Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin’s Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Whiskered Tern, Black Tern, White-winged Back Tern, Alpine Swift, Hoopoe, Roller, Wryneck, Short-toed Lark, Lesser short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Water Pipit, Spanish Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Redstart, Bluethroat, Cetti’s Warbler, Fan-tailed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Olivaceous Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Bearded Tit, Penduline Tit, Golden Oriole, Woodchat Shrike, Spotless Starling, Serin.