Birdwatching by canoe
Terres de l’Ebre has the perfect landscape for nature activities. Its extraordinary geography with mountain ranges and massifs, the Ebro River and the Delta make it unique, both on an ecological and human level. Therefore, it was not in vain that in 2013 it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, making it the second one in Catalonia.
This unique landscape is home to Enblau, a small family business dedicated to nature activities such as kayaking and hiking in Terres de l’Ebre, all of which are completely customized for each client so that they can peacefully discover our magnificent lands. This is why we don’t usually join different groups of people together; we want to offer you an activity at your rhythm and to your requirements. We want people to enjoy doing sport and also appreciate our respect for our region so that they can get to know our heritage in a different way.
At Enblau we offer different activities: kayaking down the Ebro, hiking, historical routes by kayak (with the collaboration of Terra Enllà), outings including hiking and photography or birdwatching by canoe, an activity which we pioneered in the Catalonian River Ebro.
Birdwatching by canoe, as its name suggests is an activity whereby you go birdwatching in a canoe along a stretch of the Ebro River. The kayak or canoe is the perfect boat for this kind of activity as it is sustainable, silent and adapts well to the surroundings. Furthermore it allows us to take all the material we need with us, and because it is stable and so easy to handle we can reach tight corners which would be impossible to get to with any other kind of boat.
We generally go birdwatching in the stretch of water between García and Móra d’Ebre. On a normal round trip, this would take approximately one hour, but when we go birdwatching it can take two hours or more depending on the number of birds we see. This stretch gives us the chance to discover some of the wildest parts of the Ebro River, like the Siuruna River estuary or the island of Subarrec. You can see birds along the whole stretch, but thanks to specific points along this specifically chosen stretch, you can observe those species more difficult to find in open river, like the kingfisher for example, which is one of the most beautiful birds in the region. One of the most outstanding spots on this stretch is the cliff near Subarrec Lake, where you can sometimes see birds of prey or even ravens. The stretch from García to Móra is usually a great place for bird watching, and depending on the season there are numerous species to be found such as the cormorant, purple heron, black kite, European bee-eater and the green sandpiper among others. There are also species which can be seen all through the year: the grey heron, little egret and the kingfisher to name but a few.
So birdwatching by canoe is the perfect activity whether you are an expert in kayaking and ornithology or not, as no experience in either of these is necessary because a monitor will accompany you for the whole trip, showing you everything you need to know for sailing a kayak and giving you more information on the birds you see along the way. This is the perfect experience for families as well as different age groups.
The route begins at Garcia dock, where material is given out: lifejackets, canoes (single or double), oars, waterproof bag for taking material that cannot get we, binoculars and plasticized sheets so that you can identify some of the birds you see. Before getting into the water, we show you how to use the canoes and explain about some of the birds you will see during your trip. Once all doubts have been cleared up, we will start the route. For the whole stretch, the monitor will guide you to the most interesting places and help you to identify the birds you find, until you reach Móra, where the journey ends.
With the aim of seeing more birds, we recommend that this activity be done in reduced groups of about 10 people. If there is time and the inclination, an enjoyable experience would be to stop at one of the river islands and go for a swim.
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