DIGISCOPING, CAN WE TAKE PROFESSIONAL PICTURES?

Pictures taken by Rosa Matesanz demonstrate that’s possible to take extraordinary photographs with a spotting scope and the right adapters and cameras. At Delta Birding Festival, she will offer a workshop about the technic of photodigiscoping. All concepts learned will be practiced on the best scenario ever, the lagoons and beaches of the Ebro Delta with…

75 DAYS IN THE JUNGLE FOR 1000 BIRDS

We, humans, are like this. We like challenges, record beating and setting difficult goals. If it wasn’t for this we may still be monkeys eating fruit on the treetops. Eugeni Capella and Miquel Bonet know this very well. They set the goal to watch 1.000 bird species in 75 days in Ecuador. This is a…

BIRDS AT NIGHT WITH IAGO BRUGNOLI

The night is full of life and in this edition of Delta Birding Festival, we’ll discover it once again with the expert Iago Brugnoli. Iago is a local technician and a specialized ornithologist on Picampall, the ornithological association of Terres del Ebre. In the guided tour, he will discover the kings of the night as…

BARCELONA, THE CITY OF THE FALCONS

Like other cities of the world, Barcelona can brag about having a healthy population of urban peregrine falcons. Introduced in 1999, the falcons of Barcelona are breeding in emblematic buildings, such as the Sagrada Familia, fashion hotels or natural cliffs overlooking the sea but the process in establishing this population hasn’t been free of difficulties….

VISITING VILACOTO

This year we’ll have the amazing opportunity to visit Vilacoto, a jewel of Delta. Vilacoto is a protected wildlife area that gives shelter to many bird species. It’s managed by Plegadis foundation. This foundation receives its name from the bird species Plegadis falcinellus, which is common in Ebro Delta. During the festival, we’ll have the chance…

DELTA HOT-SPOTS

Sunday afternoon is special at the Delta Birding Festival. We close the festival in the best way, visiting delta hot spots! Among the areas with special biodiversity concentration, we’ll visit El Goleró, El Violí, El Embut o el Perelló. Furthermore, this year we include two new hot spot areas, La Barra del Trabucador, and the…

HAVEN’T YOU BOOKED YOUR SPACE AS AN EXHIBITOR, YET?

Just like every year, the festival offers you the opportunity to book your space as an exhibitor to those companies, institutions or organizations related with nature and birding. If you are an artist inspired by nature, you have to select the Zone A to book your space. Other illustrators, painters, sculptors, photographers will be there…

A HIDDEN PARADISE IN DELTA : LA ALFACADA

Visiting La Alfacada won’t disappoint you. This lagoon is one of the most unknown places in Delta, due to its restricted access. As a protected space by the Foundation Catalunya – La Pedrera, visitors only can observe its amazing wildlife’s richness by joining to the scheduled tours. During the Delta Birding Festival, you’ll have the…

RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION AT THE BARCELONA ZOO

Like all big Zoos in the 21st Century, that of Barcelona goes much beyond of just being a simple collection of animals for the great public to enjoy at close range. The research projects on endangered species and many other research works are very important strategic objectives at the Barcelona Zoo. Juli Mauri, Head of…

A RIVER OF BIRDS AT THE DBF

There are many locations at the Ebro river that can’t be seen from the riverside, and only can be observed easily from the water. These are resting places for many species of birds who prefer them because of their inaccessibility. During the boat trip, going upstream, we can watch birds who rest in these areas,…

THE ORNITHO-SWAROVSKI, THIS YEAR WITH MORE PRIZES!

The quintessential ornithological race returns with some modifications that will give you more opportunities to get a prize. The race consists in entering complete lists on the Ornitho.cat portal between February 1 and September 20, 2019. Unlike other years in which there was only one absolute winner, this year there will be 7 winners, one…

THE SOUNDS OF MIGRATION, A NEW NOCTURNAL DBF’S ACTIVITY!

This year, there’s a new nocturnal activity for you! On saturday 21th, we’ll be recording bird calls of nocturnal bird migration from 22:00 to 23:30h. Probably, some of the recorded sounds will be unknown even to the expert birder. In this activity, we’ll be accompanied by Magnus Robb and José Luís Copete, two specialized ornithologists…

ENJOY THE PELAGIC BIRDS OF DELTA!

At the festival, you will have the opportunity to embark on the high seas to observe seabirds with the activity “The pelagic birds of the delta“. You can see Balearic and Mediterranean Shearwater, Audouin gulls, gannets, storm birds and others. It is also possible that we see dolphins and whales, even though these marine mammals…

DBF2019 TICKETS ON SALE!

TICKETS FOR DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL 2019 ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE! This year’s edition will take place on September 20, 21 and 22th in MónNatura Delta, on the southern half ot the Ebro Delta. From now and on you can purchase your ticket online through the festival’s portal. Tickets are personal and valid for the three…

BECOME A DBF2019 VOLUNTEER!

Once again, we are looking for volunteers for the festival. They are the soul’s festival, they give their disinterested work to help the conservation projects and live unique experiences, knowing the first-level ornithologists that visit us, making friends and living in their own everything that happens around the festival. We organize the volunteers in four…

WHAT ARE MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE DOING IN THE WETLANDS IN THE HEART OF WINTER?

Ricard Gutiérrez, technician of the Department of Wildlife of the Catalan Government, will talk about the Waterbirds Winter Census. This year, 361 people got distributed among 163 localities around Catalonia and counted ducks, waders, seagulls and other water-lover birds around all the wetlands of Catalonia. They counted more than 300.000 individuals of wildfowl, which demonstrates…

LASSI RAUTIAINEN AT THE DBF 2019!

Lassi Rautiainen is Finland’s pioneer of phototourism and hide photography. His first photos of wild bears, in 1978, were a big novelty at that time but he did not stop there and turned to photograph the unknown wolverine and packs of wolves in the most remote areas of Finland. Little by little, an increasing number of…

NINA O’HANLON ON PLASTIC PROBLEMS

Plastic garbage in the oceans has been headline news in recent times and, through public awareness is increasing, the problem is so widespread that any wander along virtually any beach in the world will confirm that no place is safe from this contamination. Nina O’Hanlon, seabird ecologist of the Environmental Research Institute of the University…

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR ALPINE SWIFTS, ACCORDING TO CHRIS MEIER

The fact that Swifts of most species spend most of their time high in the sky, landing only for nest-building has long been known, or… may we better say, guessed? Actually, this was a suposition that had not been definitely proved and remained in a mixed terrain between scientific proof and urban legend. Christoph Meier,…

MAGNUS ROBB OR HOW TO RECORD THE SOUND OF NOCTURNAL BIRD MIGRATION

For the last decade, the sound recording specialist, Magnus Robb, has been recording the bird calls of nocturnal bird migration in Iberia and other places in Europe. This has opened a new boundary for call identification, since the calls that birds produced during migration at night can be exclusive for that activity, so they are…

TIM BIRKHEAD, A FIRST-CLASS SPEAKER AT THE DBF2019

Year after year, visitors to the DBF have the privilege to enjoy international first-class speakers. One of them for this year –but not the only one- is Professor Tim Birkhead, author of many books on the history of ornithology and bird biology, many of which have become real best-sellers (Bird Sense, Ten Thousand Birds or…

THIS YEAR, YOU DECIDE THE CONSERVATION PROJECT OF DBF2019!

In the last 5 years, the DBF has collected more than 20.000€ to give them to investigation and conservation projects like the European Bird Breed Atlas and studies about the European Dove. Until now, the organizers of the festival were the ones that decide to which project the money were given, but from this year,…