In mid- September I found myself in sunny Tarragona, Spain in the Ebro Delta some 90 minutes drive south of Barcelona. The Delta is a coastal expanse of ricefields that at this time of year is in the process of being harvested. It is at this time that wonderful marshy wetland areas are exposed after the harvest - a magnet for a plethera of birds.
A view from the fair to the coast
The venerable raptor guru, Dick Forsman, delivering a talk
I was visiting the 2nd ever Ebro Delta Birding Festival http://www.deltabirdingfestival.com/?lang=en as a general spectator. It was my first visit to the area in 13 years but I remembered nothing of it during my exploration!
Can anyone name this dragonfly?
Yellow Wagtail (Iberian race)
This field is rammed with waders - believe me!
Another Audouin's Gull
TUB checking a Great Reed Warbler
The SEO Birdlife reserve next door to my hotel