ENJOY WITH THE BEST 2018 DBF PICTURES

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Ya están disponibles las imágenes del DBF 2018

También tienes disponible el vídeo resumen de la última edición del DBF.

Y ya estamos trabajando para el próximo DBF.

Reserva las fechas: 20, 21 y 22 de septiembre de 2019.

¿Te lo vas a perder?

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IF YOU CANNOT COME TODAY, COME TOMORROW FOR ONLY 4€

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If you cannot come today, you can tomorrow for only 4€

An ideal day for families and local public with activities prepared for kids.

The final highlight will be the release of species recovered by the Natural Park, and we would like to share it with lots of children!

Remember that you can also have lunch in MonNatura, with a great assortment of Delta cuisine.

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LET’S GIVE BACK A BIRD TO NATURE

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The Wildlife Recovery Centre of Canal Vell, is a facility inside the Ebro Delta Natural Park and has the aim of recover injured or vulnerable wild animals.

In the last years, they have received around 500 animals, many of which are birds. Many of these birds arrive to the centre in a very bad state, so a veterinary team take care of them and try to give back them to the wildlife. Even so, not all the recovered birds have the possibility of surviving in wildlife, that’s why some of them rest in the centre with educational purposes.

On Sunday the 23th, during Delta Birding Festival, some of these birds will be returned to nature. They are some species that were moved to the centre because of their inability of living in the wild, but now, thanks to the Centre team work, they are prepared to live free. The Agents Rurals will cooperate during the activity explaining the excellent task this and other centers in Catalonia are doing.

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CHOOSE YOUR OUTFIT FOR THE FESTIVAL!

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As a good birder, don’t miss the chance to purchase most unique DBF products!

Car stickers, multifunctional waistcoats for your country trips, bird identification basic visual guides, a field notebook perfect for not to miss a thing and write down all your “bimbos”, caps or straw hats to better endure sunny days, and, this year… don’t miss two new T-shirt models! Homo birder and Birdwatching mode are their names! We hope you love them!

And also, take advantatge of the festival and take with you some of the sets with tipical Delta zone products. A good present from your stay in the festival.

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ENJOY WITH THE MEALS AND THE REST OF SERVICES OF THE DBF!

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Whether you are a repeater in Delta Birding Festival or if it’s the first year that you come, we have prepared some surprises that will make your visit much easier and entertaining.

In the first place, at lunch time you will be able to enjoy three “Food-trucks”, that will turn lunch time into an opportunity to taste quality food in a very suitable format for the festival. In the second place, you will have at your disposal a shuttle busthat every 15 minutes will drive from Platja del Trabucador to MónNatura Delta, so in case you have to park a bit far from MónNatura Delta won’t be an obstacle to fully enjoy the festival.

Finally, “Deltacleta” service will also be offered, just as last year, an electrical bicycle renting service that allows to make a bike stroll around the zone in a comfortable, pleasing and nature contact way. Don’t you miss it!

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FIND THE BIRDS OF THE DELTA

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The DBF and Barcelona’s Zoo have prepared a very funny activity for children for this edition. You will find pictures, drawings or miniatures all around MónNatura Delta facilities. Your objective will be to find all this birds and identify them, then you will have to write them on a form you will get at the reception desk.

Everyone that find all the birds, will participate in a drawing lottery. The prize will be an exclusive personalized visit to Barcelona’s Zoo, where an expert of the park will show you the exotic and wild birds that live there. In addition, the winner will receive two books: “Els ocells silvestres del Zoo de Barcelona” and “Atles dels ocells nidificants de Barcelona

Prepare your birds guide and your identifications skills to find the birds of the Delta!

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WATCH BIRDS WITH AN ARTIST EYE

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When we want to see the beauty of the nature and the birds, we often watch photographs, but there’s a different and more personal way to do it: thanks to nature artists’ job. At DBF we will count with the presence of four nature artists that show the different ways of observe nature.

In one hand, Mira al Pajariko is an illustration and nature art project of birds. They do illustrations using watercolor, engraving, oil painting and acrylic.

The project “Papel y Plumas” of Nacho Sevilla, is an exhibition pictures related to the world of birds using different techniques (watercolour, oil painting, inks, charcoals, pencil…).

Lucía Gómez Serra, presents his project “Ala de arce“. She is devoted to scientific and nature illustration. She gives courses and workshops on this area.

Paco Ventura is an Aragonese sculptor who is in love with the natural world. He matched his passion with his abilities to obtain extraordinary results.

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COME TO DBF BY TRAIN OR BY BUS!

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This year you can come to the DBF by public transportation from Barcelona on Saturday the 22nd, thus we will contributing to sustainability!

To come by public transportation you have to go to l’Aldea by train or bus and a free minibus shuttle will drive you to MónNatura Delta. More info.

Also, you will have at your disposal a shuttle bus that every 15 minutes will drive from Platja del Trabucador to MónNatura Delta, so in case you have to park a bit far from MónNatura Delta won’t be an obstacle to fully enjoy the festival.

Finally, “Deltacleta” service will also be offered, just as last year, an electrical bicycle renting service that allows to make a bike stroll around the zone in a comfortable, pleasing and nature contact way. Don’t you miss it!

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A DUCK, A STAMP AND A MILLION DOLLARS

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What have all these to do? You can find out by watching the movie The Million Dollar Duck on Friday, September 21st in Amposta. Traditionally, the DBF fires out on Friday evening and includes a movie screening in the town of Amposta, outside the festival grounds. In this year’s edition we’ll see a documentary that unveils the interiorities of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, a very special (and weird) art competition run by the U.S. Government.

The film follows six artists that will compete to have their painting of a duck selected for a stamp that the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service issues every year. The contest has not money reward but just a certificate and the rights reproduction of the painting. So, how do the winners make a million dollars (or much more)? Hundreds of contestants compete for the prize, money must be somewhere!

Apart from the contest itself, sales of the stamp produce millions of dollars that go directly to conservation of protected wetlands across America. Actually, the survival of thousands of real ducks depend on the duck stamp.

Watch the movie and find out what all this story is about!

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WHO WILL BE THE WINNER OF THE ZEISS-RESERVOIR BIRDS 2017-2018 CONTEST?

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For the past year, at the web of rarities and ornithology topics RESERVOIR BIRDS, with the sponsorship of ZEISS, a difficult but fun Identification Contest is developed. This is a test in which the participants have tried to identify each month the species shown in series of 4 images published on the RESERVOIR BIRDS website, on the first day of each month. The correct identification of the species of an image gives one point to the participant. The participant who obtains the highest score will be the winner of the test and will win a fantastic ZEISS Conquest HD 10×42 binocular whose price exceeds € 1,000.

This September is the last round corresponding to this First Edition of the ZEISS – RESERVOIR BIRDS Contest and on this occasion, to allow the announcement of the results at the Delta Birding Festival 2018, to be held between the 21st and 23rd of September in the Delta de l’Ebre, will have as date / time limit of answers on September 21st /23: 59: 59.

And on Saturday 22nd , at one o’clock, on the terrace of the building of the Mirador 360ª of Món Natura Delta where the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL is celebrated, the heads of the RESERVOIR BIRDS website and the representatives of the ZEISS brand will announce the winner of the contest and they will make the act of handing over the binoculars to the winner, in person if he attends the festival, or virtually if he cannot be there!

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SECOND-HAND OPTICS MARKET AND CLEANING SERVICE OF BINOCULARS AND TELESCOPES

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It is worth taking advantage of it, if you have some unused binoculars that you would like to sell or exchange for new ones, at the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL you can do it easily with the collaboration of ORYX.

Attendees of the festival will have an exhibition space of second-hand material to bring used material that you want to sell or for see if you find a binocular or telescope that for its price, status and features you may be interested to buy. ORYX will manage the purchase / sale. All the material received will have a technical review and cleaning before putting it up for sale. The material will be delivered in deposit (before in the store or during the festival itself) and will be exposed under the responsibility of ORYX. Sellers will have to decide the selling price of their items and will give 15% of this price to ORYX as a purchase / sale management.

And for only € 20 ORYX technical service will do a professional cleaning of your binoculars, reviewing and adjusting, if necessary, the external elements.

Please contact ORYX (oryx@weboryx.com or 93 4185511) as soon as possible if you are planning to bring some material to be sold on the secondhand market of the Delta Birding Festival.

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PRESENTATION OF “AVES QUE DEJAN HUELLA”, A TRACKING MANUAL FOCUSED ON BIRDS.

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For some years now, the study of the tracks left by the wild fauna in different habitats has become a discipline in itself. In our country there are great experts and there is a large group of amateurs who participate in courses and meetings. Luisa Abenza is one of the most known expert, the one who has devoted more time to the traces left by birds in particular and has the merit of having published the first bird tracking guide in Spanish and one of the most complete in the market.

But Luisa has a special connection with nature and wildlife that goes far beyond knowing how to recognize a track. Thus, the presentation of her book will be much more than this since it will be accompanied by Eloïsa Matheu, another great naturalist and expert in this case in the study of one of the most characteristic “tracks” of birds, but much more ephemeral, their songs. Undoubtedly, Rafa Serra, director of Quercus magazine, who will lead this presentation, will make us enjoy a great time listening to two great naturalists!

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SEO-BIRDLIFE MAINTAINS, YEAR AFTER YEAR, ITS COLLABORATION WITH THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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We renew the support that SEO-BirdLife has given us in all editions of the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL with more energy and new proposals! This year RIET VELL, the nature reserve managed by the SEO, will be a must, either because you participate in the LUMIX DELTA PHOTOTOUR, in the DIGISCOPING workshop of Swarovski or because you do not want to miss learning how traditional rice harvesting is done in the Ebro Delta and how It benefits the birds.

In addition, we will enjoy its presence as an exhibitor, offering information about their projects and the opportunity to meet the members of IBERAVES, a group of accommodations and companies dedicated to nature and wildlife tourism that, according to the criteria of SEO- BirdLife, we have guaranteed that they offer a quality service.

Andrés Barbosa, the vice-president of SEO-BirdLife, is one of the outstanding protagonists of the lecturers program, do not miss his studies on penguins in Antarctica.

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TRAVEL FROM THE ISLANDS TO THE DESERT DISCOVERING AMAZING STORIES

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We will start our journey in the Midway Islands, place at the middle of North Pacific, where we are going to discover how all the trash we generate leaves a heart breaking landscape to the Albatross that live there. Don’t miss the documental “Albatross” on Friday at 17:00 and Saturday at 10:30.

From this distant islands we continue our journey in a closer ones: the Canary Islands. There are a few places on earth that have such a diverse variety of terrain and range of climates concentrated in a relatively small area – temperate coastline, scorching arid deserts and tundra, tropical rainforests and frozen snow-capped mountains. And there are few places that are as heavily exploited by humans, yet remain a wilderness. You will be able to see “Islas Canarias: La vida en el límite” on Saturday at 17:00 and on Sunday at 13:00.

We continue our trip around the islands with the chapter of “Planeta Tierra II: islas” where we are going to discover how the remote islands are sanctuaries for some of the most exceptional creatures of the planet. You will be able to see it on Friday at 19:00 and on Saturday at 13:00.

Finally, we will leave the refreshing waters of the islands to go into the desolate furnace of Namibia where an unexpected predator survives. Desert lions roam the Namib, but with few adult males remaining, the population is under threat. Discover how the coalition of five adolescent brothers holds the key to the future of their kind with “Vanishing kings” on Saturday at 19:00 and Sunday at 11:00.

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JOINING EFFORTS AGAINST LITTER ON NATURE

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Throwing litter on nature, “basuraleza” in Spanish, is one of the biggest environmental problems this days. The Libera Project, driven by SEO/BirdLife and supported by Ecoembes is one of the biggest initiatives that are going on in our country to fight against this threat and to contribute to conservation and improve the natural heritage. During the festival, Jose Luis Gallego, the famous media, talk us about the project.

It is a project that is promoting one of the biggest citizen mobilisation in environmental favour. A transversal action proposal and open to everybody where thousands of citizens have already joint.

More than 11000 volunteers, 500 collection spots, 300 groups implicated, 50 projects of recovering and restoring natural spaces have been sponsored. 15 scientific alliances set in motion, more than 100 tons of litter retired from the field by hand, 45.000 objects analysed and identified. There is a lot to do, it is true, but we are going on the right way.

 

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DO YOU WANT TO WIN A PHOTOGRAPHY DRAW?

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The revolution of digital photography and that of personal communication on a global level, has changed many things in the world of nature photography. How many nature photography contests do we receive invitations to participate?

The head of CASANOVA FORMACIÓN, Roberto Alcaraz, will give two workshops at the festival.

 

RETOUCH FOR NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTESTS 

TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE YOUR NATURE PHOTOS

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OLYMPUS, FUJIFILM X, LUMIX G, BENRO AND SIGMA INVITE THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS.

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Nature lovers and birdwatchers like to photograph and preserve an image of their good times practicing their hobby and nowadays there are more and more photographers that approach and discover with great interest, the extraordinary beauty of nature that surrounds us. At the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL, both will have the opportunity to progress in their hobby with the help of great experts.

The main brands in the world of nature photography collaborate actively sponsoring conferences with great experts in this specialty. For example, Nicolas Reusens, a Colombian photographer of Swedish origin who has won several prestigious international awards, invited by BENRO, will present an extraordinary report opposing the fragility of Central American hummingbirds with the strength of Steller’s sea eagle wintering in northern Japan. The Ramos brothers, Javi and Rafa, X-photographers of FUJIFILM X, will share sensations and looks in a new stage of adaptation and change with new equipment. Iñaki Relanzón, thanks to LUMIX G, will reveal the extraordinary richness in birds and marine mammals of the Malvinas archipelago, in the southern ocean. Marcos Lacasa from OLYMPUS will explain the secrets of wild photography with a particular reference to the possibilities offered by the privileged environment of the Ebro Delta. And still Francisco Romero will bring us the exciting world of MACRO photography from the hand of SIGMA.

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PICAMPALL, THE NATURALIST AND CONSERVATIONIST ASSOCIATION OF THE DELTA DEL EBRO, COLLABORATES WITH THE FESTIVAL

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PICAMPALL, since the first edition of the festival, has collaborated very actively in the organization of several festival activities, always with great success of participation. They know better than anyone the Delta, the great stage where the festival takes place. Do not miss the pellets workshop or the nocturnal tour, a unique opportunity to observe up to 3 nocturnal raptor species in one night, plus the brown nightjar and maybe the European nightjar!

In addition, their commitment to the preservation of the natural values ​​of the Delta makes them worthy of a return in the form of economic aid from the festival to support some of their conservation projects. This year, the monitoring of the populations of black wheatear in the Terres de l’Ebre will continue, a species in alarming regression in many places of its distribution and especially in Catalonia. Sunday afternoon, we recommend you accompany the members of Picampall who are carrying out the project to unearth the habitat of this species, at the Perelló, where nothing will have to do with humid environments, full of water birds … rather on the contrary, we will discover the beauty of Mediterranean littoral habitats, dry and rocky, but full of life as well.

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2018 INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS

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Since 2014, when the Delta Birding Festival started with its first edition, the number of international exhibitors has been growing at a steady rate. Now, in 2018, we have a good representation of companies or public offices from most of the world that cover Europe, America, Asia and Africa, not to mention the Spanish companies that travel to birding destinations all over the world.

Birding is a global hobby that is spearing low-impact tourism in places that otherwise would have to resort to income sources that would have a stronger impact on the environment and probably not benefit the local population as birding tourism does. If you want to visit birding destinations anywhere in the world, no matter how exotic they are, you are going to find a lot of options at the Delta Birding Festival.

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DRAWING TO SAVE THE TURTLE DOVE

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This edition of the Delta Birding Festival will gather renowned artists who not only will give us talks or participate in events but who will also make a contribution to this year’s conservation project. Each of them, Killian Mullarney, Blanca Martí, Ian Lewington, Martí Franch and Toni Llobet, will paint a Turtle Dove, each with their own style and materials and will donate the painting for a raffle in the Festival.

You can buy tickets at several points of the Festival so as to get your chances to be one of the five guys who will be lucky enough to get any of the original drawings. Tickets are sold at 3€ each and the drawing will be held on Sunday at Marquee 1 jointly with the prize ceremony of the ORNITHO-SWAROVSKI RACE Contest.

The money from ticket sales will be set aside for the conservation project that the Festival is sponsoring this year, which is a study of the Turtle Dove using satellite technology to figure out its migration routes and other details of the biology of this bird, whose populations are declining all along its distribution range.

We are extremely grateful to the artists for the donation of their works of art!

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LAST AVAILABLE TICKETS FOR GUIDED TOURS

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This year we bring you a lot of novelties in guided tours. Some them have all the tickets already sold out, consult all of them and don’t miss yours!

Last year we made our first nocturnal guided tour, it was such a success that we have doubled “Night birds” (Friday and Saturday 19:00) and we have add “Bat night” (Saturday 19:00) and “Delta’s nocturnal sky” (Saturday 18:30).

The photographers are lucky too because we repeat the classical “Lumix Delta Photo Tour” (Saturday and Sunday 7:00) and we add the activity “Photolympus” (Saturday and Sunday 7:00) and we repeat the activity “Photodigiscoping” (Sunday 7:00).

The ones that want to make their first steps in ornithology will be able to participate in “Take the flight” (Friday and Saturday 17:30 and Saturday and Sunday 10:00). The ones that want to discover new places on delta can participate in “A secret paradise at delta “Saturday and Sunday 8:00) and “Delta Hot Spots” (Sunday 8:00).

If your weakness are the bird sounds, you will find all the help with “The sounds of nature at the evening” (Saturday 18:30) and “Nature by ear” (Sunday 8:00); If you want to go further don’t miss “Green birding” (Saturday and Sunday 8:00).

At last, we couldn’t forget the classical guided tours by boat “A river of birds” (Saturday and Sunday 9:00) and “The pelagic birds of delta” (Sunday 8:00).

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HOW DO WE LOOK AT NATURE?

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Catalan artist Blanca Martí exhibits her drawings of wildlife in With Nature Eyes where she has painted chimps, eagles, wolfs and other wildlife with her personal style, which is that of a natural perspective, that is, from nature. Her drawings are stunningly realistic and transmit intense feelings that are difficult to describe.

 

Blanca has painted animals and nature-related subjects for magazines, posters, commercial brands, signs in natural parks and books. Her drawings are artistic with perfect compliance with scientific standards, capturing the size, colours, proportions and posture of the animal. She has a degree in History of Art and has learned painting and scientific illustration in celebrated Catalan art schools.

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YOU ARE STILL ON TIME TO PUT YOUR ADVERT IN THE PROGRAMME

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In this edition of #dbf2018 we repeat the format of the programme from last year: A5 measure, very visual and intuitive. The programme will be seen by more than 2000 people, so it’s a great opportunity to place your advertisements.

You can place from a two-page feature to a strip, we can adapt on your possibilities and budget. If you want that your message arrives to a public interested in ornithology and nature, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

deltabirdingfestival@gmail.com

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DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL AND PEOPLE FROM DELTA

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Showcase local natural and cultural values is among the Delta Birding Festival objectives. The Ebro Delta is a unique site concerning not only biodiversity but also landscape, gastronomy and overall services always provided by this land’s main asset: its people.

Many local companies are supporting the Festival as an opportunity to strengthen and position the Ebro Delta at an international level.

The Patronat de Turisme de les Terres de l’Ebre (local Tourist Board), the Municipality of Amposta and the Ebro Delta Natural Park are public institutions giving institutional and promotional support to the Festival. Local companies from the private sector such as Infosa, Creuers del Delta, Riet Vell, and some hotels (l’Algadir, Mediterrani Blau,…) are also boosting the event.

We thank them all for the support provided that will certainly raise the Festival’s profile on the international scene.

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BIRDWATCHING TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD: TWITCHING, ADVENTURE OR A GLOBAL VISION OF CONSERVATION?

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Birdwatching trips around the world: twitching, adventure, or a direct global vision of biodiversity and conservation problems?

This question will be asked during the colloquium between Mark Van Beirs, Dani Lopez Velasco and Josep del Hoyo, conducted by Rafael Serra of the magazine QUERCUS.

Among the birdwatchers there are some of them who frequently make trips to any place in the world with the aim of seeing new species of birds. Among them, some keep a careful record of what species they have seen and what they have not, and every time they get a new one, the famous “bimbos”, feel a great joy. This activity, which apparently is a simple collection, in most of these birdwatchers also involves a direct global view of biodiversity and conservation problems of many parts of the world. And not only these two global issues, they also give rise to other aspects such as the possible participation in citizen science projects (eBird, Ornithos …), documentation of observations (photos, voice recordings, videos), support for ecotourism projects and their local impact on conservation, etc. etc. The extensive experience of the three protagonists of the debate will let us learn a lot of the how and why of the birdwatching trips.

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LAST DAYS FOR THE TRIAL CAMERA CONTEST

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The trail camera contest THE SECRET LIFE OF ANIMALS will deliver the prize to the winners during the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL.

Oryx, the leading retailer in Spain of trail cameras, organize a contest of photographs and videos made with this technique, open to everyone, with the aim of making more popular and relevant the great amount and valuable information that in the last years this technique of field work is contributing to the knowledge of the nature and the biodiversity. The contest begun on June 14th and end on August 30th and you can see it here

Go ahead and send your pictures. There is a good prize to get and a good opportunity to show your work and skills on this amazing photo technic!

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THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND TRY A WIDE VARIETY OF CAMERAS AND TELEPHOTO LENSES FOR WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY.

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The DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL, has become one of the best opportunities to enjoy wildlife photography from many points of view: from the exceptional and attractive lectures of great photographers like Oriol Alamany, the Rafael and Javier Ramos or Nicolas Reusens, to receive a workshop on how to prepare your images to participate in competitions, to make a photographic safari accompanied by a professional wildlife photographers and, at the same time, to test the cameras and objectives of your favorite brand.

And you will also find the main brands as exhibitors just next to the Tancada lagoon and its flamingos and other birds, a unique opportunity to try and compare the different models and, in addition, receive firsthand the information that each brand offers to your users

And not only this, but also, during the three days of the festival, you will find exceptional offers to acquire this material!

Among others, you will find exhibitors with the latest new products such as FUJIFILM, NIKON, LUMIX, OLYMPUS, SIGMA, PENTAX, SONY … and MANFROTTO, BENRO, SLIK tripods, and from photographic hides like TRAGOPAN, STEALTH GEAR and WILDLIFE WATCHING SUPPLIES and a long list of other brands of accessories, adapters and related material.

The team of the prestigious CASANOVA FOTO store will attend anyone who is interested in acquiring any material during the festival and will also exhibit a large amount of essential accessories for wildlife photography!

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THE BEST EXHIBITION OPTICS FOR BIRDING YOU CAN FIND IN A BIRDFAIR.

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The DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL is an exceptional event very well known for the attractiveness of the conferences and activities that are developed, but also for the excellent exhibition of products and services for birders and nature lovers in general. It is particularly important that the trade show segment of binoculars, telescopes and complementary equipment that, year after year, harbors all the main brands in the market.

The great attraction of being able to find in one place, just beside La Tancada lagoon and its flamingos, the marquees of so many different brands, a unique opportunity to test and compare the different models and receive firsthand information from the each brand runners.

And not only this, but also, during the three days of the festival, you will find exceptional offers to purchase it!

Among others, you will find binoculars and telescopes exhibitors of ZEISS, LEICA, SWAROVSKI, NIKON, VANGUARD, KOWA, OPTICRON, VORTEX, MINOX, OLYMPUS, … and tripods MANFROTTO, VANGUARD, BENRO, SLIK, and many other brands of accessories, adapters and very diverse related material.

ORYX, for all the equipment for observation like binos, telescopes, nightvision, adapters for digiscoping will attend to all the people who are interested in purchasing any equiment during the festival.

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A NEW SPACES FOR THE DBF PHOTO CONTEST WINNER’S PHOTOS

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DBF Photo Contest first’s edition was a real success: 3500 photos of 500 photographers from all around the world with first level quality were presented. We want this edition to be even better that’s why this year we have created a new space to exhibit the winner photos.

30 photos will be finishers, and their authors will receive a little present and they will see their photographs exhibited in a new marquee created just for this issue. This marquee will be placed at the end of the optical fair, surrounded by the amazing landscapes of the Tancada lagoon and the last devices of the best photography and optic brands.

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BIOBSERVA, A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT

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SUEZ Spain is a usual collaborator of Delta Birding Festival, and has been awarded with the European Business Award for the Environment in the category of Business & Biodiversity (Spanish section) with the transformation project of grey facilities into green infrastructures.

On Saturday the 22nd at 17:30 during #dbf2018, Clara Rovira, responsible of biodiversity of SUEZ Spain will share the details of this projects in his talk “The facilities naturalisation and BiObserva: European Business Award for the Environment 2018.

The keys of this project will be given during the talk, in which the workers of the company are involved through corporative voluntary work with BiObserva. This is a programme developed by SUEZ in partnership with the Catalan Institute of Ornithology based in citizen science where the bird observations of the company facilities are introduced. Nowadays BiObserva has accumulated more than 23.000 observations of 203 different species in all Spain. You can consult the data at www.biobserva.com

Delta Birding Festival recognises the leading companies in eco-innovation and that include the respect for environment in its activities.

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CANIDS AND WILD BOVIDS OF THE WORLD

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Canids and wild bovids of the world, two handbooks published by the prestigious publisher PRINCETON and written by José Ramón Castelló, a global naturalist.

In 2016, came “Bovids of the world. Antelopes, gazelles, cattle, goats, sheep and relatives “in which each species is treated with photos illustrating the male, the female, the calf and, if there are, the different subspecies, always in profile, perfectly cut on a white background. And in 2018 followed “Canids of the World. Wolves, Wild Dogs, Foxes, Jackals, Coyotes, and their relaitves “, with the same pattern, about thats other great family of mammals. Both have received excellent reviews from all corners of the world and are a great publishing success.

The author of both will come to the DBF to explain how and why he decided to face the challenge of writing these handbooks, something exceptional nowadays, with the special reward of being Spanish, from Madrid, medical doctor by profession and member of the SECEM (Spanish Society for the Study and Conservation of Mammals).

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BIRDS AND BIKES TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT

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Greenbirding is simply the pleasant practice of going out to observe nature with no internal combustion engine. Greenbirders don’t drive …they walk or cycle. It’s partly because reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a good thing, but also because by slowing down and wandering on your home patch you simple see and enjoy and experience nature better.

In this year’s edition of the Delta Birding Festival, you will have the good opportunity to enjoy this experience:  17 km circular promenade by electric bike around the lagoon of La Tancada with stops in the viewpoints and strategic points to watch birds, visiting the green filters of l’Embut, a unique spot in the Delta. We’ll use Deltacleta, Delta’s electric bike to cycle comfortably this distance without getting tired.

Ponç Feliu, experimented guide and author of “Feathers and pedals“, will point out the wildlife and flora we’ll see during the trip.

The activity includes electric bike, saddle backs to carry photographic gear and binoculars, helmet, insurance and guide.

Don’t forget to buy your ticket. Places are limited!

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VISIT MORE SPACES OF THE DELTA WITH YOUR DBF TICKET

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With your DBF ticket, this year, you will be able to participate in all the activities, commercial fairs, the lectures and the free guided tours and, in addition, you will be able to visit two symbolic spaces of the Delta for free: Casa de Fusta and Ecomuseu of the Natural Park.

Casa de Fusta, located next to the Encanyissada lagoon, is one the most emblematic constructions of the Delta. There you will find the ornithological museum, with a representative collection of the birds that live in the Ebro Delta. There are 182 specimens of 134 different species that shows the peculiarity of each one of Delta’s ecosystems.

The Ecomuseu of the Natural Park of Ebro Delta, located in Deltebre, introduces the visitant in the human and natural values of the zone. The museum suggests an itinerary where the typical environments of the Delta like the river, the lagoons, the rice fields and the riverbank forest, are recreated.

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CHATTING IN THE AGORA

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The talks from our speakers are all superb but often you feel you are curious about those things or opinions that don’t come out in a, let’s say, official talk. That’s why we have the Agora where we will interview Neil Retting and Laura Johnson about their work with the Philippine Eagle and their worldwide campaign to save endangered species all around the world. The Agora is also the place to discuss some hot issues that can’t be synthesized in a lecture; for example, our guest artists, Killian Mullarney, Ian Lewington and Blanca Martí, will talk with Catalan artists Martí Franch and Toni Llobet about the future of nature illustration, which has changed –and is changing- considerably in the digital world.

The Delta Birding Festival is a meeting point for traveler birders. We’ve had talks about birds from all over the world and we would like to find out what drives birders to go to the remotest places in the world to search for the rarest birds or make the longest possible lists. Are they collectors? Are they working for science? Are they tourists looking for emotions? This will be the subject which three globetrotters –Mark van Beirs, Daniel López-Velasco and Josep del Hoyo– will talk about, moderated by Quercus magazine director, Rafael Serra.

Here, in the Agora, you have the opportunity to listen to their opinions and points of view. Check the schedule and don’t miss those chats out!

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THE SNOW LEOPARD IN FOCUS

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Oriol Alamany and Eulàlia Vicens are a couple of globetrotters who have visited –and photographed- every corner of the planet. They’ve been to the Himalaya several times where they have taken astonishing pictures of its landscapes, people and wildlife but two years ago they decided to focus on unveiling the biology of one of the rarest cats of the world, the Snow Leopard.

In his presentation, Oriol Alamany will talk about how hard it was to get pictures of this elusive animal, what he found out about its biology, the animals the leopard interacts with and its conflicts with cattle raisers, with which it maintains a love and hate relationship.

Last year, Oriol gave one of the most successful talks in the Festival and in 2018 he strikes back to present jaw-dropping pictures of the Snow Leopard, one of the most gorgeous animals he has ever come across.

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CAN YOU SPOT THE RARE BIRD?

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Killian Mullarney is one of the most renowned bird artists in the world. His drawings not only are incredibly good as a work of art but they also have absolute scientific precision in terms of proportions, colours and –more difficult- jizz. But Killian’s drawings just reflect what he probably actually is: a researcher of bird anatomy who is able to depict what his sharp eye is able to watch. Thus, he has contributed to the knowledge of identification of many birds that otherwise would have come overlooked.

In this year’s edition of the Delta Birding Festival –the second time he joins us-, his talk will be about rare birds; specifically, on how to develop that sixth sense that allows those who find rarities to spot that slightly odd-looking wader out of the crowd. He will talk about his method to see more and miss less when you are birding, which is basically a standard process by which we ask ourselves some key questions about even common species, figuring out a puzzle that eventually leads to notice things that “don’t fit”. This can lead to exciting discoveries!

If you think you miss out on rarities either in your local patch or in the hot spots you visit, you are going to find his talk absolutely revealing and, who knows, maybe you enter the club of rarity hunters!

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FIFTH EDITON OF THE LYNX ID CHALLENGE

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Following the tradition, this year’s Lynx ID Challenge will try to find out who is the birder in the Delta Birding Festival who can identify most birds of the Western Palearctic. The race will show a continuous video with 30 pictures and play 20 sounds of birds from this biogeograhical region. Contestants will have 30 seconds to identify the picture while the song is being played at the same time. Needless to say that the picture and the sound don’t match the same species. It would then be too an easy lead, taking into account the standards of difficulty of this contest!

Lynx Eds. sponsors this contest with three prizes consisting of a set of books each. The first prize is the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Vol. 1 + Vol.2, valued in 350€.

Winners of past editions were

2014 Killian Mullarney / 2015 Marc Illa / 2016 Marcel Gil / 2017 Stephen Menzie

But these big names shouldn’t deter you from participating. You aren’t gonna find more fun in any other contest!

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BIRDS AND BIRD FAIRS OF EAST ASIA

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On the other side of the world birds are also protagonists. Due to the fact that there are also thousands of birdwatchers and because they also meet at fairs and festivals like the ones we celebrate in Europe to share experiences and knowledge and to make available to visitors a wide and varied range of products and services related to Birdwatching!

To know the two things, the birds and the most interesting places to see them in Taiwan and the east end of the Asian continent, and the most important ornithological fair of the region, the Asian Bird Fair, we will have the exceptional presence of Victor Yu, the president of the NGO Ecotourism Taiwan and former Chief Executive Officer of the Chinese Wild Bird Federation (CWBF) (the BirdLife partner in Taiwan).

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WHAT DO RARE BIRDS TELL US?

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When there is news about a rare bird, many birders rush to get a view of it. The lure of a bird that you don’t usually find near you is difficult to resist but not all birders ask themselves what that bird’s doing or just assume that it has been driven off course by the winds or its compass has “malfunctioned”.

In his talk, “Rare birds or messengers of global biogeographic changes”, Ricard Gutiérrez casts a particular view on this and analyzes what’s behind the occurrence of some species that show up apparently for no reason. Some birds are probably traveling to places different than their usual distribution areas as a result of climate change effects or environmental problems that affect them. By reviewing the records of rare raptors in Spain, Ricard will demonstrate that we must also keep a scientific eye on rare birds, beyond the anecdote and fun of finding an unusual, cute bird.

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IS SWINHOE’S PLOVER (CHARADRIUS DEALBATUS) A VALID SPECIES?

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In recent years there have been many scientific controversies when deciding what is a species and what is not, both in the world of birds and in the other large groups of animals. So much that at present there are at least three different lists of the bird species of the world that do not agree with each other, but for each one there are broad supports both at a scientific and a political level. On this topic we have already talked a lot at the DBF with the contributions of Josep de Hoyo and Nigel Collar in previous editions.

This year we will also talk about that topic, but from the point of view of a specific case, that of a charismatic South China plover that some authors consider the same species as our Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) and others, such as Jonathan Martinez, who has been studying it during the last 5 years and  will present for the first time in his lecture at the DBF some of the most recent discoveries and bring a few answers to this taxonomic dilemma.

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WHAT ARE PENGUINS TELLING US?

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Birds are regarded as good bioindicators but when we think about birds we rarely think about penguins. However, Antarctic penguins are crying out loud that there is a problem. Several penguin species are responding to environmental changes that are taking place in this region and are sending a warning message to the scientific community. Interestingly, the response of each penguin species is different but, again, the message is clear: human activity is negatively affecting even the most remote areas in the planet.

Andrés Barbosa has been studying bird populations for more than 25 years. Currently he is working on a study about the effects of global change on the populations of penguins in the Antarctica and the results he is obtaining should trigger some alarms. This investigator is currently the manager of the subarea of Polar Investigation of the Investigation State Agency of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and the Spanish delegate in the Initiative of Migratory Birds in the Arctic.

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PURIFYING WETLANDS: THE HIDING PLACE FOR HUNDREDS OF BIRDS

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The Embut Wetland, and the Illa de Mar Wetland are two purifying wetlands of the Ebro Delta created by ACUAMED (Ministry of the Ecological Transition) and managed by AQUAMBIENTE (SUEZ Spain group) that have become, since they were created, in privileged spaces for the nesting of a great number of aquatic birds. As well as ducks, coots, moorhens, swamphens, great crested grebes and pied-billed grebes, in both wetlands stands out the settled of important nesting colonies of herons and glossy ibis. It is confirmed the reproduction of dozens of couples of Little Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Squacco Herons, Little Bitterns, Black-crowned Night Herons, Grey Herons, Purple Herons, Great Egrets and Glossy Ibis.

Additionally, the colony of Whiskered Terns that are settled each year in the Illa de Mar wetland is very important, there have been counted more than 500 individuals.

These places, that have been created recently, are participating actively in the conservation of the biodiversity of the Ebro Delta, and they are also contributing with the improvement of the water quality that, coming from the cultivation of the rice, is poured into the natural waters of the Delta. These are two examples of green infrastructure.

In #dbf2018 you will have the opportunity of enjoying this two wetlands through different activities: on Saturday afternoon the free activity “The sounds of nature on the evening”, on Sunday morning “Nature on your ears” and on Sunday afternoon one of the guided tours “Delta Hot Spots.

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THE CATALAN NEWSPAPER “ARA” SUPPORTS THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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For the fifth consecutive year, the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL will receive the media support of the ARA Newspaper, announcing the event and issuing news and reports about the world of birds, biodiversity and nature conservation in the previous days of the celebration of the festival.

Do not miss the publication of the interview with Neil Rettig and Laura Johnson, protagonists of the premiere of the documentary film “Bird of Prey” about the Philippine endemic eagle, produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which tells how since the 70’s dedicated great efforts to make inhabitants of the Philippines recognize her value for the conservation of the ecosystems of the archipelago and its super emblematic character for the spectacularity of its aspect, dimensions and biology.

In addition, as every year, they will draw several double tickets and birdwatching kit consisting of a prismatic, a bag and a miniguide of the 125 birds that must be known in Catalonia, donated by ORYX, among all their subscribers.

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THE MAIN NATURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE IN SPAIN COLLABORATES WITH THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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Since the first edition we never have missed the support and the collaboration of the magazine QUERCUS to the DELTA BIRIDING FESTIVAL. His support in the publicity of the event, his participation in several activities and, finally, his report at the magazine, have been always one of the big helps of the festival.

This year Rafael Serra, the director of the magazine, will be the speaker of one of the most attractive sessions at the Agora, the dedicated to talk with three extraordinary global birders: Mark Van Beirs, one of the few that has achieved to observe more than the 90 % of the species of birds of the world, having travelled tirelessly as a guide of BIRDQUEST during more than 30 years to all corners of the planet.  Dani Lopez Velasco, his colleague at BIRQUEST at present, and an emergent figure of the Spanish ornithology for his level of knowledge in the identification of birds. And finally, Josep del Hoyo that adds to his huge experience observing birds all over the world, an incredible work as one of the main publishers in world-wide ornithology. Certainly, the conversation will combine anecdotes of the trips with the most interesting reflections on the conservation and the state of biodiversity world-wide.

Other than this, Rafa, with Eloïsa Matheu, will accompany Luisa Abenza to the presentation of his book on tracks of birds: “Aves que dejan huella”, that is having a big publishing success between all the amateurs to the ornithology and the nature in general.

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COLOMBIA, THE GREATEST BIRDING COUNTRY, WILL BE A PROTAGONIST

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1,964 species is the record held by this great country in northern South America. About 20% of all those that are known. And surely in the next few years, exploration and scientific research will still make this figure grow. But this is just an anecdote or rather it is the reflection of the enormous diversity that harbors a country that is between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, with the Andes as a backbone and the Amazon jungle occupying a large area.

If you want to get to know Colombia, at the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL you can contact guides and travel agencies specialized in “birding”, that will make the dream of any ornithologist who wants to enjoy this paradise of birds come true.

And we will also know about a project for the conservation of two parrot species that are seriously threatened, the lorito de Fuertes (Hapalopsittaca fuertesi) and the loro Orejiamarillo (Ognorhynchus icterotis), endemic to the Colombian Andes. With the collaboration of Eduardo Soler, from Limonium, a series of actions that can be key for the recovery of both species is being carried out.

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LUMIX DELTA PHOTO TOUR

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Each morning the Ebro Delta is a show of lights and shapes with the very highlighted leadership role of thousands of birds. And what is the nature photography: to try reflecting in an image what so much impresses our retina. Do it well requires to be at the right time and in the right place and if this happens accompanied of two expert photographers, one that knows the place and the other who is a well-known wildlife photographer, makes the experience  memorable!

With one of the more attractive brand of cameras of the market, LUMIX, in the DELTA PHOTOTOUR, you will have a good opportunity to enjoy this experience. Dawn at the bay of the Alfacs, the flamingos of La Tancada, the herons of l’Embut and the waders, purple gallinules and so many other birds situated to a short distance to the hide of Riet Vell will be the protagonists of this photographic safari in one of the more important nature reserves of the western Mediterranean.

LUMIX will provide to who wish it, cameras and zooms for photographic practice while the photographers Xavier Curto and Iñaki Relanzón will go teaching to all the assistants.

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THE NIGHT SKY OF THE DELTA

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Just before and just after sunset there is what the experts in sky photography say are the golden hour and the blue hour. To photograph the sky is a specialty and requires a technic and equipment quite different to those that usually use to photograph landscape and wildlife.

SIGMA and the experts in astronomy and astronomical photography from CELISTIA invites us to an extraordinary activity for experiencing the sky of the Delta, Saturday evening-night, with a moon that is just 3 nights to be full. Before going out, will do  an introduction session and in order to be able to see the phenomenon of the moon dawn and sunset will go to the Trabucador, close by of the festival.

 Kike Herrero Will approach us the emotions that produces the observation of the sky exposing the connection that there is between the history of the universe and we, in a privileged surrounding, the one of the Ebro Delta. The activity will combine a voyage through the nocturnal sky with cameras, objectives and telescopes, with the feelings that provides the landscape and the nature.

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PHOTODIGISCOPING WORKSHOP

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Photography with a spotting scope, like everything in the digital world and in particular photography, never stop evolving and offering new techniques and materials to achieve better results. Can we or can we not take professional level pictures with a spotting scope with the right adapters and cameras?

Rosa Matesanz, showing her extraordinary photographs answer us that if it is not like that, it is very close. So, sign up for the workshop and take the opportunity that one of the best experts at the moment explain it to you and show it to you.

There is much to learn: technique, tricks, concepts, etc., and what better scenario than the lagoons and beaches of the Ebro Delta, with flamingos, egrets, gulls and large flocks of waders and many more birds to practice while we learn

Sunday morning, we will do the practical session, but Saturday afternoon at the Swarovski stand we will spend some time preparing the materials and when we return from the tour we will return to the stand to comment on the photographs obtained and see the mistakes and successes!

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NIGHTLIFE AT DELTA

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Don’t expect to find much nightlife in the Delta from the human point of view; instead, you can find another kind of very interesting nightlife: that of night birds and other living creatures who wait for the night to go outside.

Many birds that we’ve seen during the day keep active at night. The concept “sleeping” in birds is not the same as ours. Some rest time is enough for the brain to have its pause to return to full activity in a short time.

But in the excursion that Picampall will lead at the #dbf2018 on Friday and Saturday night we’ll go after the kings of the night: owls and red-necked nightjars. We’ll go after barn and little owls near inhabited areas, long-eared owls in the few small woods of the Delta and red-necked nightjars in migration who decide to make a stop in dirt roads among rice fields to rest and feed on nocturnal flying insects..

The excursions will start at 19:00 and will last between 2 and 3 hours. We recommend to bring binoculars and telescope, but Leica allows you to prove his night vision binoculars Noctivid. Don’t miss your tickets!

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ALL READY TO TAKE DE FLIGHT

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Do you like to go out to the field to birdwatching, but you can’t identify what you see? You have never gone birding, but you would like to know some tips to get started? With the “Emprèn el vol” guided tours, you will be able to take your first steps on birding.

These tours are organized by ICO and they will take place on Friday at 17:30, Saturday at 10 am and 5:30 pm and Sunday at 10 am. We will make a tour around MónNatura Delta with two expert ornithologists (visiting the Tancada Lagoon, and other spaces) watching and identifying the birds we’ll see around us. We recommend you bring binoculars and field guide, if you have them.

This activity has no additional cost, but you need to sign up.

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NATURE BY EAR, WITH ELOÏSA MATHEU

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Eloïsa Matheu is already a classic speaker and tour leader at the DBF. We’ve had her in all previous editions and her talks, workshops and tours have always been a successful attraction of the festival. So, we knew that we were betting on a winning horse if we invited Eloïsa again. And this is what we did. She will put her vast experience at our disposal to learn about the use of recording devices and techniques to recording the sounds of nature, either birds or whatever other creatures we can find.

The tour will take place in the Viewpoint of Raimundo, in the North shore of La Tancada, right across the lagoon where the Festival is. Olympus, who sponsors the activity, will lend small recorders, microphones and other material to participants so that they can test this equipment in real conditions with one of the best experts you can get.

This workshop is strictly limited to 12 attendees, so if you are interested in the subject you should hurry up to book your seat!

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PRACTICE THE FLIGHT PICTURES WITH PHOTOLYMPUS

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By the ending of September there is an important migration passage at Ebro Delta, that’s why we will make the Photolympus activity. With the expert photographer Marcos Lacasa, we will practice bird photography focusing on flight pictures. We will learn ho to configure our cameras and he will give us all the tips to improve our technique with practice that can be difficult some times.

We will make a tour that will last about three hours searching strategic spots where we’ll be able to observe and practice the location and preparation of bird photography. The tour will pass by emblematic places of de delta like Punta de la Banya or l’Encanyissada. We will focus on take photos of passerines, waders and birds o prey.

There will be to «Photolympus» tours, one on Saturday the 22nd and the other one on Sunday the 23rd, both will start at the entrance of Mónnatura and will begin at 6:30 am, before the sun comes

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THE EURASIA TURTLE DOVE, IN THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION IN MANY PARTS OF EUROPE

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This once a common bird has experimented a marked decline in the last two decades, with the most recent few years sinking in a deep well of which we don’t know if it’ll be able to get out. Now, Turtle Doves are almost gone of many parts of the UK (where it has declined by 93%!), Germany, Franca, Eastern Europe and virtually every country to a greater or lower degree.

The Delta Birding Festival is raising money for the conservation of this remarkable beautiful and symbolical bird, giving away money to a project led by the IREC (Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos) in collaboration of other research centers (ICO, CTFC, RSPB, Birdlife and others). In 2017, the DBF contributed to the project and in 2018 it also targets this bird. Turtle Doves are marked with variety of devices, from VHF radiotrackers to GPSs, that will allow the study of their reproductive biology and migration.

It is thought that some of the more stable populations, such as the Catalan one, migrate over the sea, so supporting less hunting pressure that other populations that cross a large area were they are shot in large quantities, mainly in Spain and France.

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BAT NIGHT

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Bats are no birds, we all know it. But aren’t they fascinating? They are mammals who fly like birds without using the sense of vision, sending out ultrasounds that allow them to see the world in a way that we just can’t imagine (and no matter how long we think about it). Isn’t that fascinating? Well in this Delta Birding Festival’s edition we are going to learn a lot about these enigmatic creatures in the Bat Night.

Bat experts as Carles Flaquer of the Granollers Museum of Natural Sciences will conduct a hands-on workshop to unveil the biology of bats. Using ultrasound detectors, they will identify bat species just by detecting the frequency at which they are emitting their ultrasounds, since most species use different ranges.

They will show the techniques to study bats, which are quite different from those we use for bird study. Bats are nocturnal, hibernate, look dangerous, have a lot of associated legends and are a helpful ally to get rid of mosquitoes.

Although we can’t guarantee that you’ll end up knowing the answer to the eternal question “What is it like to be a bat?” we are certain you are going to discover a lot of fascinating facts about them.

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THE DELTA HOT SPOTS TOURS

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The Ebro Delta is a large combination of wetlands, lagoons, rice fields, sandy beaches and salt pans that spreads over 320 Km2, of which 7.500 Ha. are protected as a Natural Park to give a high degree of protection to birds and fragile habitats. However, birds are everywhere and use habitats inside as well as outside the borders of the Park, yielding very good birding spots everywhere, sometimes in unexpected places.

The Delta Hot Spots tours have the intention of exploring these mostly off-track spots with especially rich bird life. These include three points inside the Delta plus one tour in the nearby mountain ranges that overlook the whole delta.

As important as the birds themselves, the bird guides of the Delta Hot Spots are an outstanding feature of the tours. They are bird race and big year winners who can find rare birds in the most hidden places you can imagine. Those guys can tell rarities apart just by smelling their feathers at distance! Well, we are exaggerating but if you join the tour, you’ll agree with us that end up with that feeling. Just check it out!

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BIRDS IN THE HIDDEN TREASURE

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After four years of tours in the Alfacada we can state it: this is a hidden treasure that won’t disappoint the visitor. This lagoon is one of the least known in the Delta since it is of restricted access. Until 2014 few people could enjoy it but now, as a protected space managed by the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation, visitors can watch its rich birdlife joining scheduled tours.

During the Delta Birding Festival several tours are available to visitors. Guided by two expert ornithologists, you will watch waders in the abandoned rice fields near the access gate, Glossy Ibises flying by all the way long and many interesting birds. And when you get near the heart of the reserve, a professional ringer will be waiting for you to show his daily catches. Each year, many birds are ringed in l’Alfacada that range from colourful Kingfishers to Southern specialties like the Moustached Warbler.

They will show you how birds are ringed and what they are learning of Delta’s birds from their biometric measurements or ringing recoveries.

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A RIVER OF BIRDS

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Going upstream the Ebro River hides more surprises for the birder than one could think at first sight. Many locations that can’t be seen from the riverside, can be observed easily from the water. These are resting places for many species of birds who prefer them because of their inaccessibility. On the contrary, from a boat we can watch birds who rest, for example, in the island of Gracia where there is no other access.

During the migration season, like that of the festival, one can see many birds on passage who choose the river as their resting point but also as their communication way upstream or downstream, depending on the season of the year. In autumn, we’ll have birds that have the requirement to keep near the water or who take advantage of the food that the river provides in their Southward migration. Herons, waders and raptors, among many others, can be seen in the river. From Night Herons to Eleonora’s Falcons, there are a whole lot of birds that use the Ebro as a refuge in their trip and they can only be seen from the river itself, a quiet space far from human sights.

Accompanied by expert birders, with sound knowledge of the river wildlife, in this trip you can discover the Ebro in a way you had never known before.

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STEP ON BOARD WITH OUR PELAGIC TRIPS

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As usual, the Delta Birding Festival will provide the opportunity to sail out to the high seas to watch pelagic birds. Mediterranean and Balearic Shearwaters, Audouin’s Gulls, Gannets and Petrels can be seen from our sea trips but this year we will depart from the harbour of l’Ampolla instead of that of Sant Carles de la Ràpita. L’Ampolla is set on the base of the North Delta where the continental platform is shorter, so the boat will get to high seas sooner than in previous years, increasing the chances of watching pelagic birds.

Also, the likelihood of watching dolphins and whales increases in that area. In spite that these sea mammals are difficult to watch, visitors have reasonable chances to spot them in this area. Bottlenose and Striped Dolphins are the commonest species and if you get lucky, Fin Whales can also show up. Give it a try and join the trip!

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DBF2018 TICKETS ON SALE!

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You can buy now your Delta Birding Festival 2018 tickets online!

Remember that profits from tickets sales go to a conservation project.

 

 

 

And don’t forget to book your seat for the outdoor activities; we have prepared some very cool ones!

  • Boat trips: we’ll have a boat trip offshore departing from the l’Ampolla harbour to watch pelagic birds and, with some luck, also dolphins or whales. Another trip upriver will unveil the hidden birds of the Delta that you can’t see from anywhere else but from the river itself.
  • Photography tours: to fit all tastes: early in the morning, during the day, at night and courses of special techniques. A large variety so that everyone feels comfortable. Our sponsors will let you test their equipment so that you can have in your hands the latest photographic gear in the market.
  • Night walks: there’s life at night too, so we’ll set out to discover night birds, bats or watch and discover the wonders of the night sky of the Delta.
  • Tours for beginners: if you have not yet started out birding, don’t worry, this is your opportunity! Tune your senses to become a birder, your sight to snap a glimpse of a wader passing by or your ears to hear that chipping sound from the reed bed. Do as you want, but get started!
  • Other guided tours: exclusive visits to the reserve of l’Alfacada, a true paradise for the birds in the Delta; a begginners’ workshop on sound recording by Eloïsa Matheu or the Delta Hot Spots on Sunday afternoon with renowned bird guides who are frequent participants of outstanding bird competitions. These are some of the proposals. We’ve got more.

 

A wide range of opportunities to spend a weekend born just for the birder!

The entrance ticket is valid to get into the festival grounds during the 3 days and tickets for outdoor activities must be bought separately.

And all this in the benefit of birds…

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THE QUEST OF THE RAREST BIRDS IN THE WORLD

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To a certain extent, Mark van Beirs is more of an explorer than anything else, at least in his spirit. His constant desire to observe and document the rarest birds on Earth, those that just a handful of people may have seen through their binoculars, demonstrates that this is his approach to birding. Certainly, we are happy to have such kind of people among the guests of the Delta Birding Festival.

One of the rarest birds Mark has had the privilege to watch is the Congo Peafowl (Afropavo congensis). This bird was first described in 1953 after Dr. James Chapin compared a feather from a woman’s headdress with those of some stuffed animals in a museum. In 1955 Chapin managed to watch it. Since then, the bird was relocated on just a handful of occasions to reassess its population status and then Mark decided he had to be one of the privileged humans to meet that bird face to face. In 2015 he set up an expedition to the remote forest that are home of the Congo Peafowl with the help of the African Wildlife Foundation and he succeeded.

He will talk about this trip and many other he has leaded as a BirdQuest guide to Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Mongolia and many countries that sound really exotic to most of us.

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BECOME A #DBF2018 VOLUNTEER!

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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 shifts: Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Each volunteer can choose one or more shifts. There are various tasks, for example, to help in the organization of the presentations marquee or help on the selling of the tickets in advance. All of these tasks are essential to run the festival and to achieve our target: have fun, help others to have fun and earn money to the conservation project. All the volunteers have the free entrance for the three days of the festival, for sure.

If you want to be part of this big DBF volunteers family, go for it and register yourself as a volunteer filling the form.

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ONCE AGAIN THE ORNITHO-SWAROVSKI RACE COMES BACK!

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As every year, we launch the Ornitho-Swarovski race that will be open from June the 13th until September the 22nf. The race consists in go out to the field and count all the birds you see (that is a complete list), then introduce all this data in Orntiho.cat portal.

The basic conditions to participate are:

  • All the lists must have a minimum length of 30 minute and must be done in Catalonia
  • All the species introduced must have a count of the individuals detected, it can be exact, an estimation or a minimum quantity.
  • All the participants must register themselves in-person during the DBF at Institut Català d’Ornitologia stand.

Among all the lists introduced correctly in Ornitho.cat, we will draw a pair of binoculars Swarovski Optik EL 10×42 valued in 2300€!

The more lists you enter, the more chances to win. Consult the race conditions.

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THE DBF PHOTO CONTEST COMES BACK!

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For second year in a row, the photography contest of the Delta Birding Festival organized by Casanova Foto amb DBF and sponsored by Fujifilm, Benro, Vortex and Oryx, comes back. Last year we had a great participation with very high quality photographs and we hope this year they have the same level. The theme of the contest will be again “Wild birds and nature” and we want to promote the beauty of the birds and nature though its images.

Prizes valued in 9000€ will be given distributed in the following way: 1st, 2nd and 3rd absolute prizes that will receive photographic equipment from Fujifilm; three secondary prizes for the categories “birds portrait”, “birds behavior” and “birds and their environment”, that will receive a filter kit by Benro; one secondary prize for the special category “photos of birds made in Ebro Delta”, that will receive a Vortex binoculars and twenty three finalists that will receive the book  “Bird Photographer of the year 2018”.

The last day to send your photographs will be August 15th and on September 9th the 30 finalists will be published. These photos will be exhibit during the DBF.

On September the 21st, we will know the name of the winners. You can already send your photos and consult the conditions of the contest.

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BIRDING IN THE FORESTS OF NEW GUINEA WITH DANI LOPEZ VELASCO

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This BirdQuest tour leader has taken groups birding to the most remote places of the world, thus acquiring a remarkably sound experience. Dani visited the festival in 2014, where he left the audience astonished with his birding stories from all around the world. Now, he is back to tell us about what he has discovered in the impenetrable forests of the island of New Guinea, where the astounding birds of paradise rival with Bowerbirds or tropical Kingfishers to be the most spectacular birds on Earth.

In a country where wilderness means getting to places with no road access, deep uninhabited valleys or mosquito-infested rain forests, Dani has seen some of the most extraordinary scenes in nature a human being can witness, like the courtship of the birds of paradise. The jaw-dropping behaviour of these birds can touch forever even the least sensitive souls with their extreme beauty. And we’ll have the privilege to have Dani show it to us.

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STUDYING MIGRATION IN DETAIL WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES

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Ivan Maggini, from the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, is the coordinator of the Austrian ringing scheme and an active investigator who focuses on the study of bird migration. His research on the impact of bird physiology on survival has led him to study migrant birds from the most varied environment. He published papers on how oil impairs the capacity of birds to take off, rendering them more vulnerable to predators hence implying a greater mortality than that recorded on the spot after oil spills.

Dr. Maggini’s interest on large scale movements of birds took him to the Sahara and the Negev deserts, two serious barriers that birds fear to cross and impose them serious physiological limitations that they overcome with formidable adaptions. Currently he has teamed up with the Catalan Ornithological Institute to place antennas in the oasis of Yasmina, Morocco, located on the fringe of the Sahara Desert that records birds tagged with small radio emitters to find out how long they stay in the oasis, their preferred direction and other variables.

Using the latest technology, Dr. Maggini tags even small passerines the size of a Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus). In the Delta Birding Festival, he will present the results of his investigations, providing answers to some long-awaited questions on bird migration. This talk is a must for every ringer and birder with an interest on migration.

Author: canvis2016

HOW EVARIST MARCH CAN TEACH YOU TO BE A NATURE GUIDE

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You may have led groups on nature tours, taught bird identification or done some public activity on birds that probably people liked because you showed enthusiasm and your birding skills are remarkable but if you want to deliver good guiding services you need more, even if you don’t feel like so. Evarist March is a professional guide who has put into practice a training programme for all those who want to lead birding tours, either in a professional or occasional way.

In his talk at the DBF 2018 he will show us how he trains tour leaders to become something more than a guy who shows you what’s up in the surroundings. He trains leaders to use techniques that really teach and resources that help us out to learn fast, making visible the invisible flavours of nature, much beyond interpreting the landscape.

Beyond that, March is an exceptional communicator who is able to touch audiences deep inside with his passion.

Author: canvis2016

BIRD ILLUSTRATOR IAN LEWINGTON AT THE DBF

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This English bird illustrator is one of those few bird artists who are able to combine scientific drawing with fine artwork. His drawings keep the proportions, colours, posture and jizz that the birdwatcher likes (and needs) for identification and learning purposes but he is able to combine this with tremendously beautiful artwork. If you have doubts about this, just visit his web page at www.ian-lewington.co.uk and judge by yourself. We bet you’ll agree with us.

After seeing his drawings in many best selling bird guides, Ian has now coauthored with Steve Howell and Will Russell one more illustrated guide:  Rare birds of North America, which covers 262 accidental species to the United States and Canada coming from the Old World, tropical America and the world’s oceans.

At the Delta Birding Festival 2018, this artist will unveil how such a monumental work is put into practice and will also discuss some of the challenges bird artists have to face when dealing with new digital techniques that replace pencils and paint brushes.

Author: canvis2016

CSI STANDS FOR CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION BUT DEFINITELY NOT SO FOR BIRDS

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Professor Martin Collinson will talk about CSI Birding but no, he won’t investigate crime scenes. With what he ironically calls “CSI Birding”, this scientist uses DNA techniques to reach a whole new level in the knowledge of birds. From DNA samples coming from any live tissue or organic material of a bird, he can work out much more than we could previously think of and turn it into very useful information for birders and ringers. A fecal sample can disclose the sex of a bird, its geographic origin or its kinship with other individuals. In an endangered population, DNA variability among individuals can throw light into its long term viability.

Collinson works at the Institute of Medical Sciences in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he teaches a variety of subjects not directly related to birds but, being a dedicated birder, he has applied his knowledge on genetics to birding, yielding surprising results that you’ll be able to discover at the DBF 2018. Just listen to him and discover a new side of birding!

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THE MOST ENDANGERED EAGLE IN THE WORLD WILL VISIT THE DBF

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With only 850 individuals in the wild, the Philippine Eagle ranks sadly in the 8th position of the most endangered birds in the world. Within raptors, only the California condor is higher in this unfortunate list. But the eagle has some allies that have undertaken a campaign to save him; Neil Retting and Laura Johnson are outstanding leaders of this group of people who are dedicating efforts to save this deadly predator who can kill a monkey in a fraction of a second, hence the name of Monkey-eating Eagle with which ornithologists also refer to the bird.

Neil and Laura will talk about their efforts to raise awareness among Philippine people to preserve this treasure of their land. This have led them to campaign for the eagle’s survival both with the locals and the highest instances of the government. In the 1970’s Neil achieved the enthusiastic compromise of former president Ferdinand Marcos to declare the Philippine Eagle the country’s national bird and, after that, many other eagle-fans have followed.

Nowadays the national bird of the Philippines is widely recognised as an important asset of the country’s natural heritage but a growing forest industry and the needs of underdeveloped communities are destroying the habitat of the eagle at a worrying rate. The film Bird of Prey, with footage taken by Neil Rettig from the deepest parts of the tropical jungle, unveils both the hidden biology of the Philippine Eagle and the efforts for their preservation.

We are proud to announce that, apart from the talk of the authors, there will be a European premiere of the full film. It will be on Saturday night and you just can’t miss out on it!

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THE EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE AND BLACK REDSTART GET THE MOST BENEFIT FROM DBF 2017

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This week the funds raised by the festival (Edition 2017) have been given to the two chosen investigation and conservation projects.

On the one hand, the project that monitors European Turtle Doves to find out what migration routes are the safest. This is a project leaded by the Centre Tecnològic i Forestal.

And on the other, the monitoring of the Black Redstart in the Terres de l’Ebre, conducted by Picampall.

Congratulations to both projects that give meaning to one of the goals of the Festival, that is, to set money aside for bird conservation and monitoring.

Author: canvis2016

FESTIVAL DE AVES DE TOLIMA – COLOMBIA

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TOLIMAIn this edition of the festival we welcome a delegation of Colombian people who have chosen the Delta Birding Festival as the most suitable place to promote the Tolima regionas a unique destination for Spanish birders who want to discover the exuberance of the neotropical avifauna. Tolima is a department that is home to an extraordinary biodiversity that shares with the Ebro Delta a wide area of rice fields.

At the same time, the capital, Ibagué, also organizes a festival under the motto “Alas por la Paz”, in which experts and amateurs are invited to attend along with tourism operators and those responsible for wildlife conservation. The festival promotes the “aviturismo”, which is the promotion of ecotourism, but focusing on birdwatching, one of the biggest biological resource of this region.

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ENJOY WITH THE 2017 VIDEO RESUME

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Enjoy with the video resum of the last edition.

Y empieza a reservar las fechas para la próxima edición: 21, 22 y 23 de septiembre de 2018. ¿Te lo quieres perder?

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IF YOU CANNOT COME TODAY, COME TOMORROW FOR ONLY 4€

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ENTRADES2If you cannot come today, you can tomorrow for only 4€

An ideal day for families and local public with activities prepared for kids.

The final highlight will be the release of species recovered by the Natural Park, and we would like to share it with lots of children!

Remember that you can also have lunch in MonNatura, with a great assortment of Delta cuisine.

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LET’S GIVE BACK A BIRD TO NATURE

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_MG_0386The Wildlife Recovery Centre of Canal Vell, is a facility inside the Ebro Delta Natural Park and has the aim of recover injured or vulnerable wild animals.

In the last years, they have received around 500 animals, many of which are birds. Many of these birds arrive to the centre in a very bad state, so a veterinary team take care of them and try to give back them to the wildlife. Even so, not all the recovered birds have the possibility of surviving in wildlife, that’s why some of them rest in the centre with educational purposes.

On Sunday the 24th, during Delta Birding Festival, some of these birds will be returned to nature. They are some species that were moved to the centre because of their inability of living in the wild, but now, thanks to the Centre team work, they are prepared to live free. The Agents Rurals will cooperate during the activity explaining the excellent task this and other centers in Catalonia are doing.

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A LOT OF SERVICES FOR YOU

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deltacletaWhether you are a repeater in Delta Birding Festival or if it’s the first year that you come, we have prepared some surprises that will make your visit much easier and entertaining.

In the first place, at lunch time you will be able to enjoy three “Food-truckspriscila”, that will turn lunch time into an opportunity to taste quality food in a very suitable format for the festival. In the second place, you will have at your disposal a shuttle bus that every 15 minutes will drive from Platja del Trabucador to MónNatura Delta, so in case you have to park a bit far from MónNatura Delta won’t be an obstacle to fully enjoy the festival.

Finally, “Deltacleta” service will also be offered, just as last year, an electrical bicycle renting service that allows to make a bike stroll around the zone in a comfortable, pleasing and nature contact way. Don’t you miss it!

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FIND THE BIRDS OF THE DELTA!

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DBFThe DBF and Barcelona’s Zoo have prepared a very funny activity for this edition. You will find pictures, drawings or miniatures all around MónNatura Delta facilities. Your objective will be to find all these birds and identify them, then you will have to write them on a form you will get at the reception desk.

Everyone that find all the birds, will participate in a drawing lottery. The prize will be an exclusive personalized visit to Barcelona’s Zoo, where an expert of the park will show you the exotic and wild birds that live there. In addition, the winner will receive two books: “Els ocells silvestres del Zoo de Barcelona” and “Audubon. Sobre las alas del mundo“.

Prepare your birds guide and your identifications skills to find the birds of the Delta!

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IMPOSSIBLE TO BE CLOSER

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Notícia NaturapropNaturaprop (meaning close nature) is a project of environmental education and services to wildlife lovers that several people have launched, including Toni Llobet, one of the best bird and wildlife artists of our country. In the property of Can Teixó (Girona) the visitor can get in intimate contact with a kind of nearby wildlife that passes surprisingly unnoticed for most of us.

Without having to go to Africa to have experiences with large animals, one can have the same sensation of discovery watching a genet, a fox, a woodpecker, a jay or a badger from Naturaprop’s wildlife observation hide. The pictures that visitors publish (see Naturaprop’s Facebook for numerous examples) are proofs of the unique experiences that they have lived, often together with their families because the goal of this project is to show common wildlife to also common people.

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INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS AT THE DBF

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Expositors internacionalsThe DBF was born with an international scope in mind but, obviously, it takes some time to get to be known overseas. From the very start we’ve had speakers from several different countries but stands in the commercial fair from other countries were almost absent. In this 4th edition we have exhibitors from Colombia, Uganda, Poland, Italy and Senegal who have found the DBF attractive enough to come all the way to the Ebro Delta.

With the exception of Colombian Cortolima, which is a public agency to promote tourism in this country, they are companies that offer high quality birding tours. The presence of Mamaland Safaris, Marek Borkowski, Skua Nature and Abdou Lou enrichens the options of local guiding companies that travel to both local and international destinations and give a lot of options to the visitor to plan their next birding trip.

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ORNITHOLOGICAL TOURISM CHOOSES THE DBF TO PROMOTE ITSELF

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Turismo Naturaleza Mirua NavarraIf you are tired of your local patch and you are looking for a place to watch birds in Spain, keep reading because this may interest you. Six Spanish autonomous communities have chosen the DBF to inform the visitants all the opportunities for ornithological tourism they can offer.

Andalucia Turismo presents itself as the great corridor of migratory routes of birds, where you can find 63 special protection areas. Extremadura, will tell us that they are a community with environment diversity that is home of a lot of bird diversity and offers different possibilities to nature photographers and birders. In addition, the Comunitat Valenciana defines itself as a very complete destiny for birdwatching, they offer a good touristic infrastructure, diversity of habitats and ecosystems that allows the visitant to see lots of species.

The Balearic Islands present themselves as a hot spot of biodiversity in the Western Mediterranean, in the festival they will be represented by Turisme d’Alcudia and Mallorca Natural Tours. From Turismo Galicia, they will explain the different ecosystems their community have and that makes possible the observation of a wide range of bird species. Finally, Turismo de Aragon will show us all the peculiarities to see birds of their community, they have singular spaces, a lot and very close different habitats and quite natural spaces.

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WATCH BIRDS WITH AN ARTIST EYE

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_JMF5321When we want to see the beauty of the nature and the birds, we often watch photographs, but there’s a different and more personal way to do it: thanks to nature artists’ job. At DBF we will count with the presence of five nature artists that show the different ways of observe nature.

In one hand, Mira al Pajariko is an illustration and nature art project of birds. They do illustrations using watercolor, engraving, oil painting and acrylic. The project “Papel y Plumas” of Nacho Sevilla, is an exhibition pictures related to the world of birds using different techniques (watercolour, oil painting, inks, charcoals, pencil…).

Lucía Gómez Serra, presents his project “Ala de arce“. She is devoted to scientific and nature illustration. She gives courses and workshops on this area. Paco Ventura is an Aragonese sculptor who is in love with the natural world. He matched his passion with his abilities to obtain extraordinary results. Finally, Plego will show their fantastic 3D figures made from separate pieces of paper are folded and glued until they form a surprising bird.

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WORKSHOPS FOR EVERYBODY AT DBF!

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7G5A7741Are you coming with kids at DBF?

That’s great because they are going to enjoy it a lot! The Agents Rurals, the Gepec and the ornithological association Picampall, have prepared some workshops to for the whole family to make them learn and have a lot of fun.

The Agents Rurals will explain us what do we have to do when we find an injured bird and they have also prepared a gymkhana to learn how to identify some animals by their footprints.

The Gepec has organized 6 games were the kids will learn how to identify some by the group where they belong, their silhouette, visual identification, their morphology and their sound. Don’t miss this activity on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

At last, the ornithological association Picampall, will make again the successful workshop “Egagrópiles deltaiques“, where you are going to learn what some birds eat analysing its regurgitations.

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COME TO A FREE OUTDOOR CINEMA SESSION!

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005_pDBF activities take place in different places at Ebro Delta like MónNatura, Alfacada lagoon, Goleró, Sant Carles de la Rápita port… and of course Amposta. On Friday the 22nd, at tourism office, we are going to make an outdoor ornithological cinema session.

Firstly, we are going to project the short film by Disney Pixar, Oscar winner “Piper“. Piper is a Sandpiper that lives confortable in its nest near the beach well attended by its parents. One day, they decide that it’s time to Piper to go outside the nest and look for food. Piper is very afraid of going out of the nest, but when it tries it, will discover that it can do amazing things.

The main movie will be “Brothers of the wind“, directed by Gerardo Olivares and with an Austrian production. “Brothers of the wind” explain the story of an orphan of mother kid and abused by his father. One day he finds a chick of golden eagle and he adopts it. When the chick grows up, the kid will have to face his destiny: deciding if he gives freedom to the bird and accept his new life.

The session will be free and have bar service. Don’t miss it!

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NATURE WITHOUT GARBAGE

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unmetro_playas_grupoIn line with the compromise of the festival towards sustainability, in addition to promoting selective garbage collection and the use of recycled glasses, this year there will be a volunteer activity of garbage collection on the beach.

Sunday morning, framed in the project “Libera“, promoted by Ecoembes and SEO/Birdlife, there will be an action of garbage collection at the beach of the Eucaliptus.

Our target is to give value to the care and cleaning of the environment in an outstanding natural setting like the Ebro Delta. The action will collect garbage on a beach that cleaning services can’t reach and where garbage can affect the natural environment and its wildlife.

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USE THE BUS AND BIKE IN THE DBF

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AUTOBUSES_CAT-1This year you can come to the DBF by public transportation from Barcelona on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24, thus contributing to sustainability!

To come by public transportation you have to go to l’Aldea by train or bus and a free minibus shuttle will drive you to MónNatura Delta. More info.

Also, you will have at your disposal a shuttle bus that every 15 minutes will drive from Platja del Trabucador to MónNatura Delta, so in case you have to park a bit far from MónNatura Delta won’t be an obstacle to fully enjoy the festival.

Finally, “Deltacleta” service will also be offered, just as last year, an electrical bicycle renting service that allows to make a bike stroll around the zone in a comfortable, pleasing and nature contact way. Don’t you miss it!

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LOOK FOR YOUR ORNITHOLOGICAL DESTINATION!

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img_4712When we talk about DBF, we often talk about the great international and national speakers that explain us the best of their research and activities. But DBF is also a meeting point for all those birders that look for new places to see birds. If you are one of them, you can’t miss all that presentation’s room can offer to you.

From Navarra to Andalusia, Senegal, Uganda and Poland. Local experts from this places will show you where are the hot spots to watch birds in their areas. Spain offers a lot of possibilities to watch all sort of animals, from shearwaters in Balearic Islands to Iberian lynx in Andalusia, without forgetting all the possibilities the Aragonese Pyrenees can offer.

In this space, we are going to see presentations of two books too: “Pedals i Plomes”, that describes the bike journey around all Catalonia watching more than 300 bird species and “Etosha”, that presents the exceptional natural richness of Namibia with illustrations. At last, the photographers will also find and interesting corner in this place, considering that Canon and Sigma will offer photography advises to use their equipment. In addition, Casanova Foto will offer their course about how to use filters in photography.

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ENJOY THE BEST NATURE DOCUMENTARIES AT DBF

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doc_un rio de irlandaDBF is synonym of activities, talks, guided tours, fairs… but also quality nature documentaries. This year we bring four amazing documentaries to make you enjoy between activity and activity, you just have to visit Marquee 3 and enjoy a time of peace and beauty.

We invite you to a trip of delicate beauty and discovery gathered in “On a river of Ireland“, where you will navigate in canoe through the river during the four seasons capturing everything what happens there.

We also will enter bird’s life with “Venidos del cielo“, a documentary recorded in Extremadura where we are going to see how the life of that birds is.

Thanks to the BBC, we are going to introduce ourselves in one of the chapters of “Earth Planet” series, in its new version.

And last, we will feel like a bird with the documentary “Earthflitgh: Europe”.

 

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SIGNING BOOKS AT AGORA

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DBF 2016 - 34This year, in the new marquee ÁGORA, located in the center of the area of ​​optics exhibitors, in addition to being able to listen to interviews and talks with the most outstanding speakers of the festival, you can also ask for a signed copy from handful of authors, both novelties and books that remain of great interest.

Jennifer Ackerman, author of “The Genius of Birds” with the translated version “El ingenio de los pájaros”, in addition to offering us a conference in the main marquee of the festival, will also spend some time to be close to its readers, first with the interview with Abel Julien on Saturday at 18.30 and then signing his great book to everyone who wants to get it!

Also the great expert on gulls Klaus Mallig Olsen will be in the Agora, Saturday at 17.30 to dedicate your copy of his famous manual of identification of gulls.

Oriol Alamany, who in addition to being one of the most prestigious nature photographers in our country has developed a powerful educational task, will also be at your disposal on the morning of the same Saturday, interviewed by the editors of the magazine Quercus at 11 and then signing his popular photography manuals and some of his coffee table books.

And with them, throughout Saturday and Sunday morning, we will also have Fran Trabón, Ponç Feliu, Francisco J. Hernández, Antonio Liébana, Iñaki Relanzón, Toni Llobet, Ramón Homs and Ricard Gutiérrez.

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RESULTS OF THE IBERAVES’ SURVEY ON ORNITHOLOGICAL TOURISM

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Migration_Festival_BirdLife_MaltaIberaves, the project on ornithological tourism of the Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO/BirdLife), has the objective of offering an option of ornithological and sustainable tourism that can be used as a reference for birders that look for birder friendly establishments.

In this talk the results of a survey by Iberaves will be presented. The survey checked for needs and interests of people participating in services of ornithological tourism, plus some characteristics of the offer of ornithological tourism, an offer with particular details that differentiate it from traditional tourism.

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THE WORLD OF POLAR BEARS ACCORDING TO ORIOL ALAMANY

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Os - Oriol AlamanyOriol Alamany is a very special nature photographer who combines wildlife photography with a particular photo technique to achieve jaw dropping results. Since decades ago, this renowned photographer (with prizes in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in three occasions, for example), travels all over the world to show what he sees and what he feels in unique images.

In the DBF, Alamany will talk and show us images of the Svalvard Islands, located around 80ºN, that is, fully in the Arctic Circle. These are islands with a special spell that once lured restless explorers and now lure photographers and nature lovers -who are also restless- to admire their landscape and wildlife. Oriol Alamany is one of them. Fascinated by the beauty of the Svalvard, he has traveled to these islands five times and relates that all of them have been a memorable experience. The Arctic sea ice, the seabirds and a wildlife adapted to extreme conditions have hipnotized this passionate photographer.

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WHO BUILT THAT NEST?

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NiusBreeding is one of the most fascinating parts of the biological cycle of birds. All birds lay eggs that need to be heated so that the embryo develops. No bird is free of this task and most of them (but not all of them) solve it by building nests where they will incubate their eggs for days, weeks or months, depending on the size of the bird. But the nest needs to be strong enough to stand bad weather, or hidden enough so as not to be found by predators, or simple enough to be built fast, or must be in a reptile-proof cavity and so on; that’s why the variety of nests we can find is extraordinary.

The Grup Ornitològic de Ponent, with Eladi Ribes and Ramon Masip, will hand over their exhibition NESTS to the Delta Birding Festival 2017 that consists of more than 50 nests of more than 50 different bird species. You will see nests made of spider webs (Zitting Cisticola), of mud (swallows), of twigs and moss (sylvia warblers), in tree holes (woodpeckers), in rock holes (many species) or even aberrant nests made of wire and plastic (woodpigeon and golden oriole).

The exhibition speaks for itself but if you want to know more about the making of and many curiosities about bird breeding, you just can’t miss out on the guided visits that the authors will offer. Check the timetable in the festival’s programme and be ready to discover amazing details of one of the most interesting phases of the biological cycle of birds.

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THE GUIDED TOURS ARE ALMOST FULL!

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7G5A8596This year we have a lot of guided tours for all kind of interests. We present as a novelty, the guided tour: “Nature by ear“, where the expert on nature sounds Eloïsa Matheu will guide you on a tour where you will be able to record what you hear with features lent by Olympus. This activity is almost full, so reserve your place as soon as possible.

On the other hand, we present the “Photodigiscoping” activity, where a Swarovski Optik expert will introduce you in the photography made with a telescope, in addition the brand will lend you features to try.

The third novelty is presented by Casanova Foto, an expert from this experienced store will give a short course about the use of filters in photography in the activity: “More filters and less Photoshop“, this activity also includes material.

Finally, this year the three symbolic activities of DBF come back: the sea tour by boat “Pelagic birds of the Delta” sponsored by Excopesa Natura – Zeiss, the ride on the Ebro river “A river of birds“, sponsored by Lumix G and Bushnell, and the guided tour to the private reserve the Alfacada “A secret paradise at Delta“, that includes a practical demonstration of a ringing session. As a novelty, this year, Sigma will lend material to the participants of the Alfacada tour to take their best photos of the reserve.

Buy your tickets!

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AT THE DBF THE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY HAS A STARRING ROLE.

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Garcilla CangrejeraWith the sponsorship of the main brands of cameras and photographic lenses, all present with their own stands at the festival, we will have up to six lectures given by prestigious photographers.

CANON brings us a “strange couple”, Marc Albiac, a young photographer who accumulates prizes to the most prestigious contests, and Antonio Liébana, one of the great Spanish wildlife photographers. Between the two we will enjoy one of the largest seabird colonies in Europe and will explain how to visit it and photograph their protagonists.

FOTOTECNICA has invited another of the greats, Iñaki Relanzón, to explain us how fundamental has been and still is the professional wildlife photography to seduce all people about the imperious necessity of avoiding the disappearance of species and natural areas .

From PANASONIC, a lecture by Carlos Caraglia will go in the same direction, showing us with extraordinary images the hurried thaw of the two polar ice caps of the earth.

In addition, OLYMPUS, SIGMA and FUJIFILM with Javier Parrilla, Juan S. Calventus and Javier Ramos, we will receive master classes on how to focus on nature photography, from different angles!

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PARTICIPATE IN YOUR OWN ORNITHOLOGICAL MARATHON

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RSPL5_7431_208-1An ornithological marathon consists in the selection of a place, establish a period (normally one day) and try to see the maximum bird species. The European record of species detected in one day is held by the Zeiss Reservoir Birds Team, that detected 230 bird species in 2017 in Catalonia.

Do you imagine participating in your own marathon, competing with other teams and helped by the cracks of the ornithological teams? This year will be possible at DBF thanks to “Bits of the Delta” activity. Three teams, led by Zeiss Reservoir Birds Team (European record), Rarebirds spain – Swarovski Optik Birdracing Team (winner of the ornithological marathon by SEO on 2016) and the Lonely Birder – Leica, will guide you through three trips at three different spots on Ebro Delta.

The meeting point for the three teams will be the MónNatura reception on Sunday the 24th at 16:30, but you can go directly to the spot of your marathon at 17:00. It’s an activity with limited space, so don’t forget to reserve and give it all to make your team the winner.

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WHY DO YOU THINK THAT HORTOLAN BUNTING POPULATIONS ARE DECLINING IN THE PALEARCTIC?

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Emberiza hortulana a la provençaleJosé Luis Copete is an editor at the Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive, the greatest work on the birds of the world that has ever been published but, in addition to this task, he has a passion for investigation that has taken him to the most hidden corners of the Palearctic to study warblers, flycatchers and buntings. One of his target species is the Hortolan Bunting, a bird in population decline that undertakes long distance migrations in contrast to other European buntings, which are resident or partial migrants. However, this bird faces one of the greatest dangers a bird can face on migration: hunting. Hortolan Buntings are hunted massively in France to be consumed as a delicacy for French gourmet-hunters who consider les ortolans à la provençale as a true feast. Is this a factor of its decline?

In this talk, Copete will show the results of a 5-year work to study the migration routes of the Hortolan Bunting across an enormous area from Spain to Russia, using techniques that include the use of geolocators and isotope analysis. Apart from the migration of the bird, he has also studied the genetic structure of the European population, revealing surprises about its biology that will be unveiled in this talk.

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YOU’RE STILL ON TIME TO PUT YOUR ADVERTISING IN OUR HAND PROGRAMME

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This year we have make a whole new hand programme. We’ve made it bigger and more visual in order to show everything that’s going to happen at the festival. The programme will be seen by more than 2000 people, so it’s a great opportunity to place your advertisements.

 

You can place from a two-page feature to a strip, we can adapt on your possibilities and budget. If you want that your message arrives to a public interested in ornithology and nature, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

 

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A FESTIVAL, A UNIQUE SITE

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5-Best-Places-in-the-World-for-Birding11Showcase local natural and cultural values is among the Delta Birding Festival objectives.

 

The Ebro Delta is a unique site concerning not only biodiversity but also landscape, gastronomy and overall services always provided by this land’s main asset: its people.

Many local companies are supporting the Festival as an opportunity to strengthen and position the Ebro Delta at an international level.

The Patronat de Turisme de les Terres de l’Ebre (local Tourist Board), the Municipality of Amposta and the Ebro Delta Natural Park are public institutions giving institutional and promotional support to the Festival. Local companies from the private sector such as InfosaCreuers del DeltaSant Josep VinsRiet Vell, and some hotels (l’Algadir, Mediterrani Blau, Marjal Allotjaments,…) are also boosting the event.

We thank them all for the support provided that will certainly raise the Festival’s profile on the international scene.

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THE MEETING POINT OF THE PHOTO BRANDS DEDICATED TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY.

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fotografiaCANON and NIKON remain the benchmarks and the two brands will be present with all its range of objectives and cameras for nature photography, both for amateurs and professionals.

If you are a user of CANON or would like to introduce yourself to this brand, do not miss the photographic safaris on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The young promise Marc Albiac and expert Antonio Liébana will be at your disposal to solve doubts, explain techniques and let you try cameras and objectives in the three hours of safari by different areas of the Delta.

SIGMA will also be exhibiting also and on his stand, you can ask for using for one or two hours any of their objectives to be able to try them with your camera around MónNatura Delta!

And for all those who are thinking about what are the best options for mirrorless cameras and their recent telephoto lenses, FUJI, OLYMPUS and LUMIX will be there, with all their catalogue, ready to convince everyone that this new format has its place at amateur level and at the professional level of nature photography.

If you are considering in buying a new equipment, do not hesitate, there will be special CASANOVA PHOTO offers that surely will be worth taking advantage of!

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WE NO LONGER RUSH TO WATCH GLOSSY IBISES IN THE DELTA?

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Plegadis falcinellus - estolMany Catalan birders remember that up to the decade of the 1990s, the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) was a rare species that showed up very irregularly in Catalonia. It was a time when the presence of one of these birds meant that birders would rush to watch it but across the las 20 years, the population of the Ebro Delta has experienced an almost exponential increase, particularly of winter birds. This changes has been quite similar to other wetlands of the Western Mediterranean. Nowadays the Glossy Ibis is a very representative bird of the Delta and if we rush to watch it’s simply because it’s a really beautiful and elegant bird that was a symbol of Egyptian gods more than 4.000 years ago.

Toni Curcó, Doctor of Biology from the University of Barcelona and in charge of the Area of Conservation and Research of the Natural Park, will go into detail of the results of the monitoring work of this species in the Delta, which is demonstrating not only that the population increases but also that their dispersive movements along their distribution area are very particular. Birders, photographers and nature lovers in general from Central and North Europe -where this species is absent- have the opportunity to observe at leisure the Glossy Ibis in the Delta, where flocks of hundreds of these birds welcome them.

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ONCE AGAIN, THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL WILL HAVE THE BEST REPRESENTATION OF BINOCULARS AND TELESCOPES EXHIBITORS.

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optics_01No other event in southern Europe has so many stands of binoculars and telescopes. At the next Delta Birding Festival will be represented 12 brands, from the most prestigious ones such as SWAROVSKI, LEICA and ZEISS, to the well-known ones like NIKON and VANGUARD or the most popular among naturalists like VORTEX, OPTICRON, KOWA, MINOX, TASCO, PENTAX and OLYMPUS.

And all will be exhibiting by their official distributors, with the latest news, offering firsthand

information and allowing all visitors to compare between the various options watching the flocks of flamingos and other birds that surround the optics marquee.

Do not miss this opportunity, there is no better scenario to try and compare and

And, in addition to this, take advantage of the event as you can get the best offers that the brands themselves and ORYX will be offering during the three days of the festival.

If you plan to acquire a new binocular or telescope, do not hesitate, in the DBF you will find the best conditions to do so!

Among others, the following brands will present news that have barely reached stores or even some that have not yet arrived:

– New ZEISS VICTORY HARPIA high-end telescope of 85 and 95 mm diameter.

– New MONARCH HG telescopes and binoculars, modern and very competitive in quality / price ratio.

– New OPTICRON ES 80 ED V4, the latest version with new optical enhancements. Made in Japan.

– New compact telescope from KOWA TSN-550 and TSN-500, a pocket-sized 50 mm, but in its unbeatable ED version in optical quality and light transmission!

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EGYPTIAN VULTURES ON THE RISE

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Helena Tauler 4Helena Tauler is an investigator who is writing her PhD thesis analyzing a subject that she knows well since long ago: the population increase of the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Catalonia. In cooperation with the Conservation Biology Team of the University of Barcelona and the Osona Naturalist Group, she started to study the demographic and environmental factors that were influencing the increase of this species in Central and Eastern Catalonia. Gathering historical data starting in 1988 and with the collaboration of other observers in 2012 she started an intensive monitoring project to locate breeding pairs, ring more than 100 chicks with colour rings that can be read at distance and take samples of feathers, blood and food items in the nests.

With all this information, they are making a viability analysis of the population, studying the diet of the species, the influence of garbage tips and the presence of pollutants in blood. In addition, they are collecting reports of ringed birds to map their movements.

In her talk, Helena Tauler will detail the results of her work, which tries to explain the reasons of the population increase of Egyptian Vultures in Catalonia, in contrast with the situation in the rest of Iberia where the species is declining.

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CLEAN OR RENEW YOUR OPTICAL EQUIPMENT

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DSCN1417It is worth taking advantage of it, if you have some unused binoculars that you would like to sell or exchange for new ones, at the festival you can do it easily with the collaboration of ORYX.

Attendees of the festival will have an exhibition space of second-hand material to bring used material that you want to sell or for see if you find a binocular or telescope that for its price, status and features you may be interested to buy. ORYX will manage the purchase / sale. All the material received will have a technical review and cleaning before putting it up for sale. The material will be delivered in deposit (before in the store or during the festival itself) and will be exposed under the responsibility of ORYX. Sellers will have to decide the selling price of their items and will give 15% of this price to ORYX as a purchase / sale management.

And for only € 15 ORYX technical service will do a professional cleaning of your binoculars, reviewing and adjusting, if necessary, the external elements.

Please contact ORYX (oryx@weboryx.com or 93 4185511) as soon as possible if you are planning to bring some material to be sold on the secondhand market of the Delta Birding Festival.

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A FESTIVAL WITH INTERNATIONAL PROJECTION

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PERIODSISTESAs every year the festival will receive the visit of journalists specialized in nature and sustainable tourism.

The tourism board of Terres de l’Ebre, one of the institutional partners of the festival, sponsors the trip of four journalists for showing them the ornithological and natural wealth of the four regions of the Terres de l’Ebre. Thus, this group of journalists will visit the Ports of Tortosa, the Sebes nature reserve and the Ebro Delta Natural Park and will also participate at the festival activities.

Sheena Harvey, editor of the prestigious BBC Wildlife magazine, Damien Bismuth, from the ornithological web Ornithomedia, the most popular in France and possibly the most visited in Europe, Tim Appleton, founder and current director of the UK Birdfair, the largest in the world, and Niels Kooyman, a journalist of the Dutch magazine Roots, specializing in nature and sustainable tourism, make up our group of journalists.

The Delta Birding Festival increasingly arouses interest beyond our borders and the presence of this group of journalists, will certainly contribute. And they also will help to make better known the interest as an ornithological destination of the whole set of natural areas of the region Terres de l’Ebre.

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A PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE FROM CASANOVA FROMACIÓN AT THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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filtres fotografia 3The prestigious photography shop CASANOVA FOTO offers the possibility of taking a course on a subject of landscape photography and nature, often quite forgotten, but basic to get better results: the use of filters.

The use of photographic filters allows us to control virtually any lighting situation, however complex. On the other hand we can give our images a very personal appearance, using long expositions with various techniques and combinations of filters. With the filters you can get good results at the time of taking the photo, without having to spend hours in front of the computer editing our photos, and thus enjoy more time of the experience of taking photos surrounded by nature. poonhillIn the workshop “MORE FILTERS AND LESS PHOTOSHOP“, taught by Roberto Alcaraz, head of training for CASANOVA FOTO, you will learn to distinguish the types of filters and take advantage of them, as well as the techniques and configurations of your equipment for landscape photography.

This workshop will be developed in two parts, one theoretical, free, in the “Sala de presentacions” on Saturday from 16.00 to 17.30 and a second practical part at the pier of the Madelenes. This practical part is restricted to 20 people maximum (for logistical reasons) and will take place between 18:30 and 21:00 on the same Saturday. The cost to participate to the practical part is 40 € and you must make the previous registration through the web.

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COLLABORATE WITH THE LOCAL FAUNA PROTECTION WITH DBF

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For the fourth year in a row, all the profits of DBF will be given to conservation projects. Last year, one part of these profits was donated to research of the Black wheatear nesting population at Ebro lands. The ornithologist association Picampall, the one that made the study, obtained a quite relevant first conclusions for the awareness of the species.

The Black wheatear is a bird that lives in open and sunny spaces and its current distribution is restricted to a part of the Iberian Peninsula and the Maghreb. Iberian population of Black wheater is estimated in between 4100 and 16000 couples and it’s decreasing. Nesting Catalan population is estimated in 401-631 couples and the main populations of Catalonia are situated in the south of Lleida and specially in Ebro lands. This species it’s in the Red List of the nesting birds of Catalonia with the “vulnerable” status.

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MONNATURA DELTA WELCOMES THE FESTIVAL

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DBF 2016 - 1MonNatura Delta, welcomes Delta Birding Festival for the fourth consecutive year, the only International birding festival that takes place in Catalonia.

During three days (22nd, 23rd and 24th September), the center will open its doors to all those people who buy the ticket for the Festival

Many activities for all ages are ready for all visitors to enjoy!

Traditional Delta canoeing (perxa) and the only 360ª viewpoint in Ebro Delta are some other charms of MónNatura Delta.

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NIGHTLIFE IN THE EBRO DELTA

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rap nocturnsDon’t expect to find much nightlife in the Delta from the human point of view; there are not many bars and discos until the low hours; instead, you can find another kind of very interesting nightlife: that of night birds and other living creatures who wait for the night to go outside. Many birds that we’ve seen during the day keep active at night. The concept “sleeping” in birds is not the same as ours. Some rest time is enough for the brain to have its pause to return to full activity in a short time. Herons, egrets, night herons (hence their name), ducks and other water birds keep moving up and down during the night.

But in the excursion that Picampall will lead at the Delta Birding Festival on Saturday night we’ll go after the kings of the night: owls and red-necked nightjars. We’ll go after barn and little owls near inhabited areas, long-eared owls in the few small woods of the Delta and red-necked nightjars in migration who decide to make a stop in dirt roads among rice fields to rest and feed on nocturnal flying insects. The Delta, which is a hive of activity during the day, keeps active with a lot of creatures that are at their high at night. In addition, the world of bird nightlife is also a world of sounds of different kinds that throw mystery into the bird excursion.

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VISIT MORE SPACES OF THE DELTA WITH YOUR DBF TICKET

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Ecomuseudelta3With your DBF ticket, this year, you will be able to participate in all the activities, commercial fairs, the lectures and the free guided tours and, in addition, you will be able to visit two symbolic spaces of the Delta for free: Casa de Fusta and Ecomuseu of the Natural Park.

Casa de Fusta, located next to the Encanyissada lagoon, is one the most emblematic constructions of the Delta. There you will find the ornithological museum, with a representative collection of the birds that live in the Ebro Delta. There are 182 specimens of 134 different species that shows the peculiarity of each one of Delta’s ecosystems.

The Ecomuseu of the Natural Park of Ebro Delta, located in Deltebre, introduces the visitant in the human and natural values of the zone. The museum suggests an itinerary where the typical environments of the Delta like the river, the lagoons, the rice fields and the riverbank forest, are recreated.

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BIOBSERVA, AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM THAT PROMOTES SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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BiobservaSOREA (municipal services company) discovers us a new and innovative project of corporative environmental volunteering based in citizen science. The volunteers are workers of Agbar enterprises (like SOREA) that report the ornithological observations they made in their work places. The web where this data is sent is public (www.biobserva.com/agbar) and there you can watch the birds observed in water treatment plants that manages the company.

The project has been created in collaboration with Catalan Institute of Ornithology and SEO BirdLife and wants to implicate the workers of the company in environmental conservation and provide data for bird studies.

During DBF we will have the opportunity of assist to an initiation on birds’ workshop and we will know a little more about this interesting project.  Nowadays it is working on 35 towns and after 2018 it will be extended to all the group facilities.

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EVER FELT YOU WANTED MORE AFTER A TALK AT THE DBF?

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20160820_141010Our guest speakers at the Delta Birding Festival are truly first class ornithologists, scientists, photographers or other but we feel that people would like to know more of them: more about their careers, more about their works, more about their future plans and, why not, more about their life. Now, in DBF 2017, these questions will be answered in a new space called Agora, where we will interview some of our international guests. Arjan Dwarshuis, Jennifer Ackerman and Tim Appleton will be interviewed and you will be able to know more about their stories, beyond what you listen to in their talks.

Agora will also be the spot where you can get your books signed and interact with the author. If you want to know more or have a little chat with them, this is the place to be. Don’t forget to bring your copy of the books you want to have signed!

Agora is going to hold also some roundtable discussions, such as the “Hora Quercus” in which nature journalists from Quercus magazine will speak about nature photography and the work of long-time nature photographer Oriol Alamany.

We know that DBF’s Agenda is tight but if you are interested in getting a deeper knowledge of some of the talks and authors, we recommend you not to miss out on it!

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YOU WILL SEE THE MOST SPECTACULAR PHOTOS OF BIRDS AT DBF

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7G5A6843Until September the 3rd, the first edition of Delta Photo Contest‘s call is open, where nature photographers of different countries are presenting their best pictures of birds. It’s a high-level contest, with a first category jury and prizes that any nature photographer would dream with.

The contest has three basic categories: birds’ portrait, birds’ behaviour and birds and their environment, and a special category of photos of birds made at Ebro Delta. Each one of the categories will have a winner, and there will also be an absolute winner that will be awarded with the main prize.

On September the 15th, we will know who are the lucky winners and during the days the Delta Birding Festival will take place, we will be able to see the winner and finalist photos at marquee 3. The exposition will live together with the projection of nature documentaries, check the timetable to visit it. The level of participation is very high and the demanding level assures that we are going to see the most spectacular photos.

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READY TO GET PUSHED TO THE LIMIT?

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Lynx ID ChallengeThere is one important highlight for birders in the Delta Birding Festival: the contest Lynx ID Challenge in which participants have to identify pictures and sounds of birds of the Western Palearctic at a level of difficulty only available to those who have been birding extensively around the region. If you accept the challenge you will be pushed to the limit, stressed by the speed of photos on screen and the sounds around your ears but certainly you’ll be rewarded by the shots of adrenaline you’re gonna get.

The contest takes place on Saturday evening in Marquee 1, when all talks, presentations and in-door activities are finished. There are three prizes for those who come in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. They consist of sets of the latest books by Lynx Eds., publishers of the acclaimed Handbook of the Birds of the World, now in its Alive version.

Previous years’ editions were won by Killian Mullarney, Marcel Gil and Marc Illa but a lot more participants had the fun of joining them in this ID race. No matter if you think you have no chances to win; just enroll the contest, have fun and get pushed to the limit!

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WHITE-BACKED WOODPECKER: THEY DO EXIST

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Gorka Gorospe Dendrocopos_leucotos_GGThe White-backed woodpecker is a woodpecker with an enormous distribution range in the Paleartic, occupying immense areas of Russia to the Kamchatka Gorka Gorospe 2jpgpeninsula, however, its distribution in Western Europe is scarce, with the forest of Irati, in Navarra, as one of the few spots in the Iberian Peninsula where it can be found. It is, thus, a rare and difficult bird for us.

Fortunately, at the DBF we are going to have Gorka Gorospe, a bird guide who will talk about the status of the populations of White-backed woodpecker in Iberia and will offer clues and advice about how to find this shy bird in the shady beech forests of Navarra. Many birders visit Navarra with this bird in mind and here you’ll have the opportunity to know how and where to look for it.

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TAKE PHOTOS OF THE DELTA WITH CANON EXPERTS

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Gaviota reidoraThe Ebro Delta is a fantastic place to take spectacular pictures, its landscapes and its fauna make them a great place to any photographer. Delta Birding Festival brings you the unique opportunity to visit the Ebro Delta with a Natural Park ranger/photographer (Xavier Curto) and two CANON photographers, with Canon Delta Photo Tour._I2A2930

Marc Albiac and Antonio Liébana will teach you some photography techniques to take your best photos, in addition you will be able to try some Canon gear to get familiarized with their products’ quality.

Both days you will visit the Tancada area, the Embut and Encanyissada area, Riet Vell,… The meeting point of both tours will be the MónNatura Delta entrance and we will move from one place to another by private vehicle. It’s a free activity, but limited to 25 people per day. You must register at confirmaciones@canon.es

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THE MEDITERRANEAN THREADS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN VERTEBRATES

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Ricard Gutierrez1As in each edition of the festival, the Department de Territori i Sostenibilitat presents some of its most outstanding actions for the conservation of biodiversity in our country.

This Department of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the one in charge of the conservation of Biodiversity, through its General Direction of Environmental Policies and Natural Environment and the Natural Park of Delta del Ebro, gives a fundamental support in the organization of this festival.Ricard Gutiererez2

And at the same time, the festival has become a forum where every year Ricard Gutierrez, technician of the Fauna and Flora Service, in the inaugural conference explains in detail some of the main actions they are carrying out and their results.

What species of marine vertebrates are threatened in our coasts and seas? From the nesting of the loggerhead turtle to the presence of the white shark or the fox shark, passing through the distribution of cetaceans and their evolution throughout the year or the wintering of the Little Gull at the sea.

The work carried out by the Xarxa de Rescat de Fauna Marina of the Generalitat in recent years brings us closer to a better knowledge and conservation of our coastal and marine heritage.

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DISCOVER WHAT A GREEN FILTER IS AND HOW IT WORKS

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Petició: Chiara EspositoThe Ebro Delta is rich in biodiversity thanks to its different habitats, specially its lagoons. However, it’s a vulnerable place under the pressure of the different uses of the Delta. That’s why Acuamed constructed the filtering marshlands or green filters around some Delta lagoons like the Embut one (next to la Encanyissada) or the Goleró one. Aquambiente manages them under biodiversity conservation criteria, making them very important places of concentration of birds.

This year, the Delta Birding Festival will make more activities in both marshlands and the Aquambiente managers will go with the participants of the tours to explain them how this green infrastructure works and what works are they doing on biodiversity conservation. Once again, filtering marshlands will have a special relevance on festival’s activities.

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THE ARA NEWSPAPER IS ONCE AGAIN THE SPEAKER OF THE BIRDS

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ARA1As a result of an agreement, but even more because of an important commitment of this newspaper to give information of interest related to the nature and the biodiversity, during September the ARA will echo the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL. Also, will run a new promotion of the field handy guides of Toni Llobet and Oryx, the one of the “125 ocells that cal conèixer de Catalunya” so during a week each day reports will be published on birds. And Jennifer Ackerman, one of the most prominent guest lecturers of the festival, will be interviewed on a double page to make more popular among the general public his writings on the intelligence of the birds.

In addition, among the subscribers of the newspaper, there will be a raffle of several double tickets to the festival, a meal at one of the best restaurants specializing in Delta cuisine and a pass to participate in any of the festival activities.

In addition, expressly ceded by ORYX, also binoculars with a bag and a guide of the “125 ocells that cal conèixer de Catalunya“.

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DID YOU KNOW THAT SOME BUTTERFLIES MIGRATE THOUSANDS OF KILOMETERS?

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?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????We knew that the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) was migratory species but the scope and complexity of this migration was unknown. Now, we know that this insect can migrate South of the Sahara and the Canary Islands, reaching distances of thousands of kms., in a migratory cycle that is unique among insects.

Constantí Stefanescu, butterfly expert of the Museum of Sciences of Granollers and the CREAF, will explain how they are doing the surveys of Painted Ladies in Catalonia with the CBMS (Catalan Butterfly Monitoring Survey), a citizen science project that has dozens of collaborators who send information of butterfly populations by doing census in more than 140 itineraries around the country. In addition, we will also see how the collaboration of people from different science branches, from entomologists to climatologists, helped by chemists and ornithologists, has allowed the discovery of interesting facts about the flying migration heights, use of winds and the biological cycle of this species.

As a birder you probably know many facts about bird migration but… how much do you know about butterfly migration? Here you have a good opportunity to get your first insight into it guided by a great expert.

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TIM APPLETON, AN EXCEPTIONAL GUEST AT THE FESTIVAL

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TimAppleton1Tim Appleton, director and co-founder of the world’s leading bird fair, the UK Birdfair, In addition to participating throughout the weekend in the activities of the Delta Birding Festival, on Sunday morning will give us a talk on the main achievements that the UK Birdfair has achieved in its almost 30 editions. First and what is probably most motivating for the Birdfair, are the achievements in conservation issues.

Secondly, this type of event, such as the Delta Birding Festival itself and many others, are fundamental to make the activity of birdwatching or birding, more popular and important in our society.

And third, what is crucial at the Birdfair and relevant at a global level, that has been considered the most important commercial event of products and services related to the activity of birdwatching.

Surely Tim Appleton’s experience will be a stimulus to encourage the people and companies participating in the DBF to believe in this type of events as one of the best ways to make more important the observation of birds in our country and all what this supposes for the conservation of our environment but also to grow our still small commercial sector and related services.

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QUERCUS, THE MOST IMPORTANT MAGAZINE OF WILDLIFE INFORMATION COLLABORATES WITH THE FESTIVAL.

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It is a privilege for the festival to count every year with the participation and collaboration of the editor team of QUERCUS magazine. They are a key element in spreading the news of the festival, before and after its celebration.

As each year they carry out an activity that this year will be an interview with the prestigious and popular nature photographer Oriol Alamany. More than an interview will be a conversation or perhaps a small colloquium, in any case in the new space of the Agora, our friends of the Quercus magazine, will reveal us the trajectory of one of the better well known nature photographers of Spain.

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LEARN HOW TO IDENTITY SOUND BIRDS AT DBF

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eloisaWe usually use photos or illustrations with trying to know a little more about birds, but we often forget a very important part that any ornithologist must have in mind when he goes to field: bird sounds. This discipline is commonly known as the hardest one of ornithology, because identify bird sounds is a very difficult art for beginners.

Lucky us, at DBF we will have Eloïsa Matheu, expert in bird sounds, that created in 1992 the record label Alosa, in order to publish sound guides of the birds of Spain. On Saturday, Eloïsa will talk about the bird sounds in Ebro Delta, Collserola and India. In addition, at the afternoon, she will make a field tour open to everybody in the Embut area (space managed by Aquambiente), where participants will be able to practice what they’ve learned.

In addition, as a novelty this year, she will make an exclusive short tour for only 12 people on Sunday at 7 am. Olympus will lend some recording material and Eloisa will provide her huge knowledge to introduce participants in the fascinating world of bird sound recording. The tour will end with a class session where all the participants will bring their recordings together and everything they’ve learned. Be careful, it can be really addictive!

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DISCOVERING THE SECRET LIFE OF ANIMALS!

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Turo_DBFOryx and Bushnell, the leading brand of trail cameras, organize a contest of photographs and concurs bushnellvideos made with this technique, open to everyone, with the aim of making more popular and relevant the great amount and valuable information that in the last years this technique of field work is contributing to the knowledge of the nature and the biodiversity. The contest will begin on June 14th and end on August 30th and you can see it 

Before the awards ceremony, Salvador Salvador, member of the jury of the contest, will give us a presentation about the application of his photographic trapping techniques and strategies to study and characterize the area of ​​distribution and habitat of one of the scarcest mammals in Catalonia, the European Polecat.

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L’ALFACADA, A SECRET PARADISE AT EBRO DELTA

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ARDEA PURPUREAAlfacada lagoon is a secret place, inaccessible and very reach in biodiversity. A place with an unseen bird spectacle that during Delta Birding Festival open its doors to be discovered!

At the end of the walk, there will be a practical session of scientific ringing. There are two visits programmed with 25 vacancies each.

Don’t miss it and book it now!

Sponsored by SIGMA

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PHOTODIGISCOPING – A CLOSE LOOK

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k09_ats_dcbaNature photography with telescope is practiced since quite a long time ago and known as Digiscoping. Since it began to be practiced till now, the technique has evolved a lot and improved to a not that far telephoto lens quality level, but preserving his characteristic of can use much more magnification.

Marcos Lacasa, well known expert in this technique, will offer a workshop for 12 people in three sessions. The first on Saturday morning at Swarovski stand the participants will have to bring their equipment to check it and receive advise on how to apply the best configuration.

The practical session will be on Saturday afternoon at the Nature reserve of Alfacada at 5 pm until sunset.logo_swarovsky

The third session will be again at the stand of Swarovski on Sunday morning for reviewing the most interesting pictures obtained during the practical session and receive tips on how to avoid defects and how to improve your results.

BOOK YOUR TICKET

NOTE: People with any equipment and brand can take part to the workshop. Swarovski will share one or two kits for digiscoping for practice.

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HOW CAN YOU GET A PAIR OF SWAROVSKI EL 40X42 BINOCULARS FOR FREE?

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BTX SWAROVSKI_C5D1327You have a very clear option that can make this work of art of optics be yours: participate in the ORNITHO – SWAROVSKI race of the Delta Birding Festival 2017. You just need to enter some checklists in Ornitho between July 12 and September 23, register at the ICO stand in the DBF and cross your fingers, expecting that in Festival’s Sunday, September 24, you are the winner. Any participant can win but the race increases the chances to win for most active birders, since your chances are higher the more days you have entered checklists. It works as if you bought a lottery number every day but in this case it is much cheaper and funny because you’ll only have to make an Ornitho’s checklist lasting 30 minutes minimum anywhere in Catalonia.

In previous years, statistical probability worked and the prizes went to very active observers who had entered many checklists. So, now you know it, if you want to get one of the best pairs of binoculars of the world, with a retail price of 2.300€, you just have to start doing regularly doing what you like most: birding!

* see contest rules

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CAN WE AVOID THAT THE EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE VANISHES?

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Streptopelia turtur - Raul AymíEach year, profits of DBF’s ticket sales are donated to a bird monitoring or conservation project. Last year money was used to finance expeditions to Russia and Greece for the European Bird Breeding Atlas 2.

In this edition we will set aside this money to the study of the migratory routes of the turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur). This bird has experienced a strong population decline mainly due to the excessive hunting pressure that it suffers along is migratory path. Being one of the most abundant birds in rural areas in most of Europe in the past, it has become an increasingly rare species with some studies indicating that it can get completely extinguished. One may wonder if the turtle dove can become the passenger pigeon of the 21st century.

According to data from satellite tagged individuals, doves travel from France and the UK to Western Africa following a route that avoids two great geographical barriers: the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara desert. Now, a single marked individual has shown that some populations may choose a direct path, crossing the Mediterranean and the Sahara straight away instead of overcoming them. This path may be more demanding for the individual but may be safer. Turtle doves breeding in Catalonia may belong to this group and this is what the project aims to find out.

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BE PREPARED TO TAKE FLIGHT

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7G5A7544Do you like to go out to field to watch birds but you can’t identify what you see? You have never gone birding, but you would like to know some tips to get started? With the “Emprèn el vol” guided tours, you will be able to take your first steps on birding.

ICO organizes this tours that will take place on Saturday at 10 am and 5:30 pm and Sunday at 10 am. We will make a tour around MónNatura Delta with two expert ornithologists (visiting the Tancada Lagoon, and other spaces) watching and identifying the birds we’ll see around us. We recommend you to bring binoculars and field guide, if you have them.

This activity has no additional cost, but registration is necessary. You can do it sending an email: deltabirdingfestival@gmail.com. The “Emprèn el vol” tours are sponsored by the Natural Science Museum of Barcelona.

 

 

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THE NEW ILLUSTRATED CHECKLIST – HARD BIRDING IN ROUGH COUNTRY

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Nigel CollarBirding in remote and rough places can be Nigel Collar - Checklistvery hard and physically demanding but compiling a new checklist of the birds of the world can be just as tough. There are so many forces claiming different taxonomic positions that it makes it very difficult for a checklist compiler to be consistent, fair and clear in taking final decisions. Struggling among forces from all directions and being capable of making them converge in a direction that will satisfy most points of view is the monumental task that Nigel Collar has been able to complete and arrive at a truly fresh view of avian taxonomy. Nigel is a long-time birder and conservationist that has been an essential element of BirdLife International, where he has worked in several positions such as Director of Science, Director of Development and compiler of the International Bird Red Data Book.

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DBF PHOTO CONTEST

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Foto Concurs DBFIf you like nature photography you’re lucky because this year we have prepared an amazing bird photo contest. The subject of the contest is “Birds and wild nature” and original pictures of wild birds around the world can be presented.

dbf photo contestThere will be three basic categories: bird portraits, bird behaviour and birds and their surroundings. Originality, technique and artistic quality will be valued, as well as the difficulty to take images. The jury will also value the ability of the images to communicate the ineluctable necessity of preserve wild nature. In addition, there will be a special category where pictures of birds taken in Ebro Delta will be awarded.

The absolute winner will be awarded with a Fujifilm equipment valued at more than 4000€ and the winner of each basic category will win a Fujifilm camera valued at more than 1000€. There will also be more awards for each category, with a total value of more than 10.000€. The finalists and the winner pictures will be exposed during Delta Birding Festival.

You have until September the 3rd to present your photos in the registration form. Don’t forget to consult the terms and conditions. Good luck!

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SMASHING A RECORD

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Arjan DwarshuisOne of the most popular guests in DBF 2017 will be Arjan Dwarshuis. This young man did what seemed impossible: he broke the record of a Big Year with 6.852 species seen from all around the world in 2016. He cleverly spent one year and a half designing the best itinerary to maximize his chances to list as many bird species as possible. Arjan carefully studied what were the best places and seasons to see the birds, got in touch with dozens of bird guides, booked flights and chose his accommodation in the perfect places. In DBF 2017 Arjan will talk about his Biggest Year, as he calls it, and will unveil unknown details of his feat.Arjan Dwarhuis

His story will be soon published in a book and a film is being produced to document Arjan’s Biggest Year.

He will talk also about his new challenge, which is to beat his own record and reach the magic figure of 7.000 species in a 2018 Big Year. This achievement is a really tough one but no matter what, Arjan Dwarshuis is going after it.

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“A RIVER OF BIRDS” IS WAITING TYOU

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On Festival’s Saturday and Sunday, a river trip up the Ebro river in search of birds is available for visitors. Probably, this activity is not considered as a first option for the dedicated birder who moves to the Ebro Delta in search of water birds or seabirds. However, this trip can yield interesting surprises, as last year’s.LR7E4471

The Ebro River has a lot of attractions for the birder that can be watched well if we sail up the river by boat. The islands, such as the Illa de Gràcia and the shores in places that are not accessible from the ground are interesting resting points for birds that don’t want to be disturbed. The birder can only find these birds from the very same river.

Herons, waders and raptors, among many others, show up in the river. From Night Herons to Eleonora Falcons, there are many birds that use the Ebro as a shelter in their journeys and they can almost only be observed from the river, a quiet place far from human glances.

Bushnell and Panasonic- Lumix sponsors these activities. Don’t miss it and book it now!

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MIRES, MOSQUITOES AND MIGRATORY BIRDS

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Vilppu ValimakiThis is the title of Vilppu Välimäki‘s talk, a Finnish investigator who has wandered all around Lapland to study arctic species. In her projects, she equipped Little Buntings and Phalaropes with geolocators with the aim of studying their long distance movements and in her talk she will not only present the surprising results but will also talk about the painful moments and the harshness of fieldwork in those latitudes. The moors in the arctic, known as mires, are infested with small mosquitoes that slip through the tiny holes of mosquito nets, are not much affected by repellents and insist on complicating the life of ornithologists.

Vilppu will talk about how she managed to overcome all these handicaps, encouraging investigators to undertake that kind of studies because, in spite of the hardships, results are worthwhile. In addition, the funding she obtained for her studies has been minimal but she will unveil how the collaboration from enthusiastic colleagues was the key to success.

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EUROPEAN BREEDING BIRDS ATLAS MADE AN EXPEDITION TO GREECE THANKS TO 2016 DBF

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Alectoris3During the month of June, an ornithological expedition travelled to the isle of Kea (Greece) with the aim of compile data for the future European Breeding Bird Atlas (EBBA2) that is expected to be published in 2020. The fieldwork team was made up of the Atlas coordinator in Greece, Danae Portolou and David García, Roger Herrando and Sergi Herrando, from the Catalan Institute of Ornithology.

Thanks to the profits collected during the third Delta Birding Festival Edition, the costs of moving between the isle and the Peninsula, and around the isle, where covered. The team explored three squares 10x10km in this expedition.

EBBA2 will cover 5 years of fieldwork in more than 50 European countries, including European part of Russia, Caucasus and Turkey. The project will conduct de mapping of more than 500 breeding species in more than 5000 squares 50x50km.

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IDENTIFICATION OF THE GULLS OF THE WORLD

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Klaus Malling OlsenDBF 2017 will be joined by Klaus Malling Olsen, world expert on seagulls. This Danish ornithologist will talk about his book on seagull identification, Gulls of the Worls: a Photographic Guide, that describes and shows photographs of the plumages of all seagulls of the world.

His book is able to give ID clues of the most difficult seagulls to identify and, in addition, Klaus will talk about the ID of the Caspian Gull, a bird that in the past was considered to be the same species as the Herring Gull but was split more than a decade ago, which posed an id problem since it is very similar to the Herring Gull.

The Caspian Gull is a bird that shows up sporadically in Catalonia and, consequently, it is important to know its identification characteristics because it is probably more frequent than we think.

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DO YOU WANT TO BE VOLUNTEER AT DBF17?

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Busquem voluntaris per alDelta Birding FestivalThe volunteers are an essential part of DBF, a lot of activities made during the festival, can be done thanks to them. You’ll find volunteers in the parking and conference marquee organization, giving information, controlling the entrance…

The only thing you need to be volunteer is to really want to be involved in the festival and have passion to help others. There are all ages and kinds of volunteers, last year the youngest one had only 16 years and the oldest 68. We just ask volunteers to collaborate in one shift (Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning) to make some tasks, the other days they are free to enjoy the festival activities for free (payment activities not included).

If you would also like to participate, you just have to fill this form. If you want to have more information on volunteering, visit our website

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BIRDS? SMARTER THAN CHIMPS AND DOLPHINS?

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DBF Jennifer Ackerman has turned upside down the perception we have about birds jenifer ackermanwith her book The Genius of Birds, in which she gathers information from the works that study bird intelligence. At DBF 2017 we will have the author exploring how birds make and use their sophisticated tools, solve complex problems, navigate to places they’ve never been and demonstrate to have more memory for particular things than chimps, dolphins and a well-known primate called Homo sapiens. Jennifer will clear up the concept of bird “genius”, a wide concept that mixes what we think is intelligence (logic, calculation, anticipation) with what looks like supersensorial (such as the capacity to navigate).

Undoubtedly, like many readers of her book, after listening to this talk you will never  look at birds the way you do now any more.

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SEABIRDS OFFSHORE BY ZEISS

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IMG_7347The Ebro Delta is a meeting point between land, sea and the water flow from the Ebro river, where the mix of sediments, limes, organic matter, fresh and salt water at different levels and in different forms creates numerous highly biodiverse habitats that favour the presence of a great variety of birds but the attractive of the Delta doesn’t end there, if you’ve got a boat the show still goes on offshore.

On Saturday and Sunday, the visitors to the Delta Birding Festival have the opportunity to sail offshore to watch pelagic birds, i.e., birds that we can only encounter far out at sea, when we lose sight of the land. The continental platform in that area is rich in several species of seabirds and fishing activity attracts many birds that follow fishing ships to take advantage of discarded fish._R7E0956

The tour will be guided by expert seawatching birders and will be joined by some of the starring guests of the festival, like Arjan Dwarhuis, Klua Malling Olsen or Vilppu Välimäki, who is also a seabird expert. From the ship, fish will be thrown away to lure seabirds, which are able to smell it from large distances. An excellent opportunity for photographers!

logo_zeissSponsored by Zeiss, who let the visitors prove their equipment. Buy your ticket!

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STILL NOT DECIDED TO COME AS AN EXHIBITOR TO THE DBF?

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If you are an association related to nature, a public institution, a nature travel agency or a company related to ornithology in some way, the Delta Birding Festival is your ideal showcase!

This is going to be the fourth edition of a unique festival in Catalonia that is also the most important birding event of the Mediterranean. The Ebro Delta will host us with more than 2.000 visitors, 50 exhibitors and 100 activities programmed in a weekend. The ideal stage to show your products, services or projects!

Each year a varied public visits us; they range from professional ornithologists to families interested in birds and nature or people who are aware of the environment and its conservation. And this is another differential feature of the DBF: profits from ticket sales are set apart every year for a nature conservation project.

Come and show what you can offer! See video

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YOU CAN BUY IN ADVANCE THE 2016 DBF ENTRANCES

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ENTRADES2They are now available on the web entrances to 2016 Delta Birding Festival!
Remember this festival  sets aside the profit from ticket sales to projects related bird monitoring and conservation works on bird distribution and bird population studies.

Also, you can acquire activities booked in advance:

– “Pelagic birds of the Delta”, saturday and sunday morning you can join a 15-mile offshore trip to watch seabirds in the Mediterranean. Balearic Shearwater, an endemism from the archipelago, will be an interesting highlight but we also expect to see seagulls, terns, occasional skuas and any surprise the sea has for us.

– “A river bird”, saturday and sunday morning will be the time for a boat trip on the Ebro river from the mouth to Gràcia Island in which you’ll have the opportunity to observe many of the Delta birds that thrive by the river and its islands, where anything can turn up in the migration season.

– “A secret paradise in the Delta”guided tour at Alfacada lagoon, a secret place, accessible only with a special permission and very rich in biodiversity. To end up the tour there will be a practical scientific ringing session. There are three groups foreseen with 25 available places each.

 “Photodigiscoping”, exclusive workshop for just 12 people where specialized staff from Swarovski Optik will give a masterclass on digiscoping. It will take place on Saturday morning. The practic part will take place in the evening at the Natural Reserve of l’Alfacada. On Sunday you will check the photos by the professional. An unique opportunity to meet, enjoy and try the latest news in digiscoping.

 “Nature by ear”, exclusive workshop for just 12 people that walk with Eloïsa Matheu to Embut area to record nature and bird sounds. Olympus will lend tape recorders to the lucky people that will participate in this workshop in order to record the sound of their favourite birds.

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TO STUDY THE CAPACITY OF EVOLUTION OF BIRDS YOU DON’T NEED TO GO THAT FAR: ADAPTIVE RESPONSES TO THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT.

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joan carles senarBirds are highly adaptable creatures; they have colonized virtually all habitats on Earth. But it is seldom known that the evolution can be observed close to home and in a very short term. This what Dr. Joan Carles Senar has discovered in urban great tits, which go through a rapid adaptation to new conditions in cities.

He has compared urban to countryside great tits and he has found that the former are more prone to explore their environment and are less fearful to novel objects than the latter, showing a higher level of adaptability. His talk will unveil how he found that out and many more unsuspected details of bird behaviour and adaptability.

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MONEY FOR THE EUROPEAN BREEDING BIRD ATLAS

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17855568_772587396253387_2768833800235180089_oOne of the goals of the DBF is to raise money for conservation or monitoring programmes. DBF 2016 managed to raise 5.000€ for the European Breeding Bird Atlas 2. The money is being used to fund expeditions to some regions that need special coverage. An expedition has been sent to the Kola Peninsula in Russia, which lies inside the Arctic Circle and has some remote, hardly accessible regions (Kola is larger than Portugal and has only 800.000 inhabitants). The value of surveying those areas that have almost never been walked on by ornithologists is enormous.

One more expedition has been sent to mountainous areas in Greece, where our Greek colleagues need some extra help to cover that rugged terrain. Undoubtedly, both surveys will yield interesting surprises in bird distribution, hence their value.

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THE MUSEU DE CIÈNCIES NATURALS DE BARCELONA PROGRESSES IN THEIR RESEARCH THANKS TO DBF

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7G5A8248During last’s DBF edition, the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona made a workshop about the preparation of bird skins of their museum for expert ringers. Thanks to the participation of dozens of ringers, the MCNB confirmed that preparing the skins with an opened wing, makes easier the review of molt and age patterns.

In their test of 4 museum skins, one with an opened wing and the other one closed of a Song thrush (Turdus philomelos) and of another two similar skins of Eurasian blackcap (Sylva atricapilla), they found that the review of the molt and age was easier in the skins prepared with the opened wing. However, as for the take of corporal size, they didn’t find any differences between the way of preparing the skins open or closed. In addition, some ringers recommended to have the wing totally open to observe in detail the flight feathers.

MCNB have different zoological collections that are consulted each year by biologists, paleontologists and physicians who work on national and international research projects. The main areas of work include the study and monitoring of biodiversity, aspects of evolution, eco-ethology and ecology.

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DBF’2017 COME BACK. 22nd, 23rd & 24th OF SEPTEMBER

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video promocionalWe’re back again! Book the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of september for the 4th Delta Birding Festival editions.

A festival full of surprises, news and incentives. Enjoy with this PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

This year well-known international and national ornithologists visit us, which will include Dr. Nigel Collar, Leventis Fellow of Conservation Biology of BirdLife International and the Cambridge University, Tim Appleton, co-founder and current director of the famous UK Birdfair, Arjan Dwarshuis, new world Big Year record with 6.841 bird species in one calendar year,or Jennifer Ackerman, science journalist and author of the recent bestseller “The genius of birds”.  Closer to the Spanish and Catalan audience but with a lot to offer to the international visitor, we will have Constantí Stefanescu from the Natural History Museum of Granollers and a migratory butterflies specialist, Joan Carles Senar, from Natural History Barcelona Museum, Oriol Alamany the most prestigious nature photographer of our country, among others.

A unique event, the most important ornithological event at the Mediterranean!

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THANKS TO YOU WE DID AGAIN!

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ENTREGA_XECYes, we did it again! Yesterday we gave symbolically a check of the profit obtained from ticket selling at last year’s edition of the Delta Birding Festival. As announced, this money will be set aside to finance the expeditions that will be sent to gather data for the new European Breeding Birds Atlas 2 (EBBA2). This money will go to finance two expeditions, the first one will travel to the Kola Peninsula, reaching out to the remote Kanin Cape, near the Russian polar circle and the second one will explore the hardly accessible mountain ranges of Greece, where information for EBBA2 is much needed.

We will post how those expeditions develop so stay tuned if you want to know how our Russian and Greek colleagues are able to survey those regions.

EBBA2 is quite a challenge for European ornithologists and has the goal to gather essential data for science and nature conservation. This is one of the most ambitious projects to map biodiversity that has ever been undertaken._S5A9554

Also, a second check has been given to Picampall, the ornithological association in the Terres de l’Ebre, which is the region around the Ebro Delta. Money will be dedicated to the study of a population of Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura) in the Terres de l’Ebre. This species is in strong regression and that’s why its study is essential to avoid its extinction.

Thanks to you we did again!

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DBF2016, A SUCCESS OF PARTICIPATION

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7g5a5543There have been more than 2000 people that have visited the festival, so they consolidate it as the international ornithological referent of Southern Mediterranean.

The atmosphere of these three days has been amazing, almost all the 100 activities programmed have been full of participation, a big success!

We want to especially thank to the European speakers that made us enjoy their interesting presentations. One of the most special moments of the festival was the nomination of Lars Svensson as honorary Member of Ornithological Catalan Institute, one of the organizers of the event.

We want to give thanks too to the 50 expositors that held on the stormy weather of the first day, but were very happy to show their products and services the other days to a interested and enthusiastic public.

Our recognition goes too to ICO’s guides, maintenance and dinamization staff of MónNatura Delta facilities, headquarter of the festival, they made a hard and magnificent work. Another special recognition is for the almost 40 volunteers that have collaborated with the festival.

And last but not least, we want to thank the support of the institutions and companies that have sponsored activities and events of the festival.

This year (and that’s the third!) we can say that bird conservation has win again!
See you next year!

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TWINNING WITH BIRD FESTIVAL TOLIMA IN COLOMBIA.

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festival-de-aves-del-tolimaBecause of informal contacts between the organizers of the Delta Birding Festival and the Festival of Birds of Tolima (https://festivalavesdeltolima.org/ ) has emerged the idea of ​​starting a mutual collaboration that enables both festivals progress in some aspects together. Despite the great distance between us, there are a number of coincidences that unite us, both festivals are held in September, taking advantage of the ornithological wealth of autumnal migration in a landscape of rice fields and marshes that already has an extraordinary biodiversity, they are young festivals and in both cases among the objectives of the festival there is the promotion of the natural landscape where they are held as a destination for nature tourism and birdwatching.

As a result of this collaboration, we will help in spreading the respective festivals, share contents and try to get new financing together.

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A MORE SUSTAINABLE FESTIVAL

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logo_ecoembes_claim_ct_rgbThis year the Festival has taken a step forward regarding sustainability with the collaboration of Ecoembes, an organization that takes care for the environment through recycling and the co-design of packaging in Spain.

Therefore, this year some measures will be adopted, such as garbage selective recycling, so there will be selective collection bins or the exclusive use of reusable glasses, with the aim of minimizing as much as possible the impact of the waste that the festival can produce.

Be sustainable!

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TAKE PART IN THE LIBERATION OF RECOVERED BIRDS

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ocells_al_deltaThe Wildlife Recovery Centre of Canal Vell, is a facility inside the Ebro Delta Natural Park and has the aim of recover injured or vulnerable wild animals.

In the last years, they have received around 500 animals, many of which are birds. Many of these birds arrive to the centre in a very bad state, so a veterinary team take care of them and try to give back them to the wildlife. Even so, not all the recovered birds have the possibility of survive in wildlife, that’s why some of them rest in the centre with educational purposes.

On Sunday the 25th, during Delta Birding Festival, some of these birds will be freed. They are some species that were moved to the centre because of their inability of living in the wild, but now, thanks to the Centre team work, they are prepared to live free.

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AN ARTISTIC FESTIVAL!

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artisticFor the first time since the beginning of Delta Birding Festival in 2014, this year will count on the presence of several nature artists, which will have a zone of their own amongst the exhibitors.

We are talking about painters, photographers or even “reciclart” artists which devote their work to nature and specially to birds.

You will be able to find artists such as Mira al Pajariko, Peinture Animaliere, Nacho Sevilla, Myriam Bernal, Javier Ramil or Avis Lucicatum.

We hope you enjoy a different way to see nature!

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A FESTIVAL WITH A LOT OF GEOGRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION.

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_r7e1045Delta Birding Festival will count on the presence of a lot of ornithologically important zones from all Spanish State. We will count on the presence of exhibitors from all around the territory, such as Ecoturismo & Birding from Navarra, Birdflyway from Euskadi, Turismo de Aragón, Birding Extremadura, Verde Aurora and Birding Canarias, from Canary Islands, Alcúdia Consortium from Balearic Islands, Cádiz Turismo, Íberus Medio Ambiente and Salarte, from Andalucía and even also some exhibitors from abroad such as Birds & Company from Madeira and the travel agent Yoonudian Travels that will take you to watch birds to Senegal, Bhutan, Uganda, Tanzania, India or Sri Lanka.

In one word, a variety of proximity or far away proposals that will make you think of your next ornithological destination.

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SEVERAL CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH PROJECTS OF THE MOIANES COUNTY

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perdicera-697-2The Moianes county is going to initiate several conservation, research and environmental education projects. Between these projects, stand out the ones with the aim of study and protect birds, from large birds of preay to small passerines. The projects, with very ambitious goals, are open to everybody and intend to create new ways of working in species conservation.

One of the species to consider inside the project is the Bonelli’s eagle. This is a decreasing species in Catalonia with only 150 or 160 breeding pairs, which represent between 15% and 20% of all the European population. This project can help to prevent the extinction as a breeding species in the area, as it happened in Mallorca in 1960s.

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PRESENTATION OF THE BRAND NEW ZEISS TELESCOPE

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passador-ZEISSGAVIAThe renowned brand of sports optics products brings us to the festival, for the first time in Spain, its latest innovation!

This is the new telescope ZEISS CONQUEST GAVIA 30-60×85. ZEISS has conceived this new telescope as the best tool for the active ornithologist who is constantly at the field, yet in the mountains, traveling or in any natural area, and needs a good performance telescope, but compact and lightweight. With an extraordinary luminosity thanks to its 85mm lens, but weighing only 1.7 kg, the CONQUEST GAVIA has an undeniable appeal.

The presentation will be attended by the product manager coming from Zeiss Germany and by some of those attending the tour presentation of the telescope that was done in early spring, in eastern Poland, where he tested the new telescope observing up to 8 species of Woodpeckers, the mythical Ural and Great Grey Owls and the enigmatic Hazel Grouse!

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AUTHORS WILL SIGN BOOKS AT ORYX STAND DURING THE FESTIVAL

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_mg_8687Five different authors, like Lars Svensson, Antonio Sandoval, Juan Varela, Ricard Gutierrez y Marcos Lacasa will be signing books at different scheduled times at ORYX stand. Please check the timetable and what books will you find at special prices in LYNX and ORYX stand.

 

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TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS ON WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH CANON, OLYMPUS and FUJI

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fotografia-de-mediobarco-olympusIn the next Festival wildlife photographers will have the opportunity to listen to several specialists thanks to the sponsorships of photography brands. CANON will run a practical workshop for users of its SLR cameras and telephoto lenses. Oscar Mateo, head of Canon Professional Services, will explain in detail the basic technical adjustments, focusing systems and stabilization, etc., to get the most out of your equipment.canon-5d-mark-iv

OLYMPUS will bring his “visionary” photographer known by the name Mediobarco, which will explain the potential in wildlife photography of his cameras and objectives that use the micro 4/3 system without mirrors, where sharpness and speed are essential.

And finally FUJI, thanks to Joan Roca, well known nature photographer who is intensely dedicated to training with photographic trips and workshops, we will present the newest FUJI camera model, the X-T2 , a mirrorless camera that aims to provide the best possible performance for wildlife photography. At the end of his lecture, FUJI will raffle an X-T10 camera and a 16-50mm among the attendees.

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THE GOLERÓ, A GREEN SPACE TO DISCOVER

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goleroThe Delta Birding Festival will be a long weekend full of activities, from Friday afternoon to Sunday. We are sure that you are going to enjoy everything we have prepared and when Sunday noon will arrive you won’t want the festival to finish. Well, we have some good news! We have prepared a fantastic activity for Sunday afternoon that won’t left anybody indifferent.

On Sunday the 25th at 4pm, we will meet at visitors centre and take our cars way to “Discovering the Goleró“. It is a green filter managed by Aquambiente / Suez, who treats the water of the rice fields and works on the conservation of biodiversity, that’s why this space is perfect for birdwatching.

We are going to enjoy a tour on this area until dawn, paying attention on the birds we could detect and guided by the experience and known of the ornithologist Pere Alzina

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DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL, A CHANCE TO ENJOY TERRITORY

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_R7E1770-1-01Ebro Delta is more than a birding paradise, it is also a gastronomic Paradise and many of the area facilities joined the festival initiative offering special pricing conditions during the Festival celebration.

Check these hotels and restaurants at festival web page and consider it when you make your booking.

Enjoy the Festival! Enjoy Delta!

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SECOND HAND MINI-MARKET OF OPTICS

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Bring your old binoculars to the festival and we will try to find a buyer for them. ORYX, the optics delaer of the Delta Birding Festival, will display your old binoculars or telescope and will sell them on behalf of you to any interested person. A fee of the 15% of the selling price will be payed.

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MARIO CEA WILL SHOW US THE NEWEST PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FRO CAPTURING ORIGINAL PICTURES OF WILDLIFE.

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mario ceaAll photographers, whether they are professionals or amateur, always try to get the most original images, so they constantly explore new mario cea_2photographic techniques. Mario Cea is a well known nature photographer from Spain and one of the most innovative in applying new techniques.

In this workshop – conference he will reveal the secrets of high-speed photography with artificial lighting, multiple exposures, double focus with a single objective or objective change in a long exposure. Techniques that can help to achieve great visual impact in your pictures, where photographer’s creativity can go beyond conventional boundaries. Casanova Foto sponsors this issue.

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AN EVENT WITH STRONG INVOLVEMENT OF LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS

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Showcase local natural and cultural values is among the Delta Birding Festival objectives.

MAS PERIODICO DELTA DEL EBRO PRIMAVERA

The Ebro Delta is a unique site concerning not only biodiversity but also landscape, gastronomy and overall services always provided by this land’s main asset: its people.

Many local companies are supporting the Festival as an opportunity to strengthen and position the Ebro Delta at an international level.

The Patronat de Turisme de les Terres de l’Ebre (local Tourist Board), the Municipality of Amposta, the Museu de les Terres de l’Ebre (local Museum) and the Ebro Delta Natural Park are public institutions giving institutional and promotional support to the Festival. Local companies from the private sector such as InfosaCreuers del DeltaSant Josep VinsRiet Vell, and some hotels (l’Algadir, Mediterrani Blau, Marjal Allotjaments,…) are also boosting the event.

We thank them all for the support provided that will certainly raise the Festival’s profile on the international scene.

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LARS SVENSSON WILL BE HONOURED AS HONORARY MEMBER OF ICO

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SvenssonLarsAs we have announced before, Lars Svensson will be one of the guest stars of this year’s Delta Birding Festival. With almost 80 years, he is one of the most recognised ornithologist of the world thanks to his books Identification Guide to the European Passerines, the Bible of ringers, and Collins Bird Guide. The most Complete guide to the birds of Britain and Europe, considered the best field guide of birds.

The Institut Català d’Ornitologia, originally founded as Grup Català d’Anellament (Catalan Ringer Group), and therefore great admirer of Svensson’s work, will honour the author making him honorary member of the Institution.

All the amateur and expert birders and ringers probably have on their shelves one of his books, considered essential in the birding world. Don’t forget to bring them with you when you come to the DBF, you’ll have the opportunity to have your book signed!

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WEB PORTALS THAT COLLECT ORNITHOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS: PRESENT AND FUTURE

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Gabriel GargalloThe traditional monitoring projects are focused on obtaining standardized data, contrary to the web portals that collect ornithological observations, that take advantage on the huge quantity of casual observations ornithologists do in their day by day along all the year. In fact, with only 15 years, this portals have revolutionize the collection of naturalistic data. Only in Catalonia each day, more than 1500 bird observations are entered in the ornitho.cat portal. And in all Europe are about 30 millions per year! This are inconceivable figures some years ago.

But, is it enough to collect millions of data? Is it possible to collect a lot of data and do it in a standardized way? Which is the futures of this portals, will they be a successor of a lot of projects or they will just be a complement?

Gabriel Gargallo, manager of the Institut Català d’Ornitologia and coordinator of EuroBirdPortal will talk us about these and many other questions in DBF16. You can’t miss it!

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THE “ARA” NEWSPAPER SUPPORTS THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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In September the ARA will echo the next DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL, publishing an interview with one of the most interesting guests of the upcoming festival, Israeli Yossi Leshem who managed to unite in a project for the conservation of birds Palestinian Arabs and Jordanians with the Jews of Israel.

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HEATING THE ENGINES WITH THE MOVIE THE BIG YEAR, ON SCREEN ON FRIDAY NIGHT IN AMPOSTA

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the big year1Big Years, Big Days, Bird Races, Bird Lists, they are all forms of competition around birds. In a Big Year, birders try to watch as many bird species as possible in a given area, which can be just your municipality, region, country or the whole world.

The Big Year is a Hollywood movie starring Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black which depicts de frenzy of three birders to win a Big Year in the US. Plagued with real anecdotes -the movie is based on a book describing real facts-, references to existing birders and an acceptable level of correction in ornithological terms, The Big Year is an acclaimed film among bird lovers.

Jack Black, with his permanent loser style of most of his films, plays the role of Greg Miller, a real birder and not a loser at all but a very charismatic and passionate birder who was in a bad situation when he undertook his big year: he got divorced, had been unemployed for two years, spent 31.000$ on travel expenses for his big year, it took him six years to pay back his credit cards… but now he is a renowned bird guide who runs an imaginative big-year-for-all company.

The three birders compete intensely and some comic situations arie that don’t differ at all of what happens in real life to those who decide to run for a Big Year!

If you are curious about the most active side of birding, you just can’t miss out on the screening of the movie at the Museu de les Terres de l’Ebre in Amposta on Friday 23rd at 9:30 pm. Just come and see how passionate birders can be!

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THE LYNX ID CHALLENGE COMES BACK, THE ACID TEST FOR EXTREME BIRDERS

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Lynx ID ChallengeAs it could not be otherwise, this year comes back the Lynx ID Challenge, the contest for those really passionate birders that will be challenged with identifications of birds in a very high level.

30 pictures and videos, 20 seconds to watch each one, and sounds of all the birds of the Western Palearctic, will appear in front of the most daring birders that will try to guess the maximum number of species. Do you think anybody will guess correctly all the species? Do you dare to guess them?

Lynx Edicions will be the sponsor of the ID Challenge another year. They will award the winners with three prizes that any good birder has to have in his bookcase: a volume of the Handbook of the Birds of the World for the winner and other outstanding publications for the second and third classified.

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HOW TO TRANSFORM AN ABANDONED PLACE INTO THE PARADISE FOR BIRDERS

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Salarte espatulaIt is frequent that the natural protected areas depend on the public administration, but unfortunately they can’t arrive to all of the corners that deserve a special protection. Here is where the private entities take part on it. They have the aim of promoting biodiversity, employment and conservation of the cultural heritage.Salartegood_n

A very good example of this kind of entities is Salarte, the only private entity that manages a preserved area of Andalusia. Thanks to their effort, they have convert the Covacha Island, in the Bay of Cadiz, into the first ornithological reserve declared on Andalusia. Among other projects, they also manage the Vicario Island, where they have recovered a common spoonbill colony that had disappeared in 2010, and today is the biggest colony of this species in Southern Europe.

The managers of the entity will offer us a talk during the festival about how have they manage to transform the Bay of Cadiz in a very interesting place to practice ornithological tourism thanks to their effort, that was recognized in 2015 with the XIX Andalucía Medio Ambiente award.

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A WALK ALONG THE MACARONESIA, A HIDING PLACE OF UNIQUE SPECIES

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macaronesia2In Northern Atlantic area, near the African shore, there are five archipelagos known as the Macaronesia (Azores, Canaries, Cape Verde, Madeira and Savage Islands). They are volcanic origin archipelagos, and have never been part of the continent, that’s why they are home of a particularly rich and diverse fauna and unique in most cases.Macaroneisa1

The archipelagos of the Macaronesia share some endemic bird species like the Plain swift or the Berthelot’s Pipit, but there are other species that are exclusively endemic from each archipelago like the Tenerife and Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch, the Cape Verde Sparrow or the Madeira Firecrest.

The managers of Birding Canarias and Birds&Company will offer a talk accompanied with amazing photos about the birds of this area that has a very interesting ornithological value, because we can observe typical birds from Europe and Africa, almost without leaving the European Union

 

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BECOME A BIRD WITH BIRDFLYWAY

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birdfly2Would you like to know what do the birds feel during their migratory routes? Being today in the hot south of Spain and tomorrow in an icy lake of Sweden? Today it’s a little easier thanks to BirdFlyWay project.birdflyway30

This route proposes to visit different European wetlands with very important ornithological interest in countries like Sweden, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Finland or Spain. The project includes information of each of these places to make the trip easier for the visitor. In addition, during the route the traveler will be able to buy a passport that certifies its visit to the different wetlands, but before that, he will have to comply with the challenges proposed by BirdFlyWay!

The managers of Sociedad de Ciencias Aranzadi, creators of the project, will present us this proposal during Delta Birding Festival. In addition the book “BIrdFlyWay. Un viaje en familia por la ruta de la aves” from Antonio Sandoval, will be presented. It is a novel that relates a family’s tour through the BirdFlyWay route.

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40 YEARS OF WILDLIFE ART

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IMATGE VARELAJuan Varela is one of the leading wildlife artists in Spain. After a 40 years career this summer will have its first retrospective exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Madrid entitled “La forma del viento (The way the wind)“.

During the festival you will also be able to enjoy this exhibition at the Museu de les Terres de l’ Ebre, in Amposta, from 23rd September to 20th October.

Varela will attend the festival giving a workshop on wildlife illustration and signing his latest books among which are the exhibition catalog published by Lynx Edicions, its last handbook dedicated to bird illustration or the new edition of the completely revised and expanded version of his famous book “Dibujar la naturaleza“.

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NATURE SOUNDS

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taller de sonsEloïsa Matheu, an expert in the study and recording sounds of nature, present us an introduction to this technique and will explain why it is so important in ornithology to know the role of songs and other sounds made by the birds. Digital technology and the Internet have quickly changed the focus of this discipline and has brought us new and practical tolls to learn and to identify these sounds. In this workshop we will know in a very practical way how we can introduce ourselves into this fascinating world of sounds of nature. A good birdwatcher have to use as much ears than eyes!

At the end, as the evening is usually a good time to hear the birds, will be a guided tour in the area of l’Embut and the green filter managed by AQUAMBIENTE and we will listen with microphones and recorders.

The editors of QUERCUS magazine, will be added to this activity and share it with their readers.

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THE ORNITHO-SWAROVSKI RACE IS LOOKING FOR A WINNER!

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Guanyador cursa OrnithoThis year’s participants of the Ornitho-Swarovski race are doing its best and some of them have take advantage of their possibilities buying tickets to participate in the riffle making complete lists each day. Do you want to buy one of these tickets to have the chance of win a pair of Swarovski binoculars valued in 2300€?

Go birding and make a complete list, that means you have to count all the birds you see, then enter your data in a complete list in Ornitho. Now you have a ticket! You can do it everyday until September the 24th. To validate your ticket, just come to ICO’s stand during the Delta Birding festival and register yourself in the race. Now you just have to cross your fingers to be the winner of the amazing prize!

Remember that you can also enter your complete lists through the Naturalist app from your Android device. And if you want to know your position in the race you can check it here.

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‘CSI: DELTA PELLETS’, BY PICAMPALL

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Picampall, an Ebro Delta birding association, takes part in l Delta Birding Festival with a workshop, “CSI: Delta pellets”, aimed at all kind of people, we will get into pellets fascinating world, regurgitated by raptors. What does it hide inside Karin Van der Broek, from Picampall, will give this workshop.

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HOW MANY BROWN BEARS ARE IN THE PYRENEES?

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Nobody knows with accuracy and it may be impossible to know, but there is a technique that biologists responsible for monitoring this emblematic species allow them to refine much the answer: camera trapping. A regular and increasingly use of them for 10 years has provided thousands of images that have been analyzed in detail until recognize each individual captured.

 

To achieve maximum performance with camera trapping you need a very good practice when placing and checking the cameras. Toni Batet, from the field team who follow the brown bear at the Parc Natural de l’ Alt Pirineu will reveal a number of tips and questions to consider about the practical use of these devices. And also will explain us the most significant results obtained after all these years.

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FOUNDATION NATURAL SITES NET

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foto MVB (105)MónNatura Delta, location of the Festival is a facility managed by Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera, although Fundació manages a net of 25 Natural Sites. Amongst which we highlight 3 for its close relationship with birds of prey.

MónNatura Pirineus, at Pallars Sobirà, a facility that will let you live Pyrenees as you have never done and with a fauna centre where a couple of lammergeyers part of the  VCF (Vulture Conservation Foundation) project stand out to favour the reintroduction of the species where it has disappeared.

Voltors3Muntanya d’Alinyà, at Alt Urgell, the only place in Europe where you can easily watch the 4 species of European vultures! Lammergeyer, black vulture, griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture … and many birds more are waiting for you at the living Mountain! At your disposal, an observatory and a photographic hide to enjoy at first person.

At last, Congost de Mont-rebei, at Alta Ribagorça, a spectacular site where its cliffs are nests of many birds of prey, amongst which Lammergeyer stands out. Discover vertical landscape!

You will be able to discover all activities that take place in these sites if you visit Foundation stand during the Festival.

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MONNATURA DELTA WELCOMES THE FESTIVAL

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_MG_7620MonNatura Delta, welcomes Delta Birding Festival for the third consecutive year, the only International birding festival that takes place in Catalonia.

During three days (23rd, 24th and 25th September), the center will open its doors to all those people who buy the ticket for the Festival

Many activities for all ages are ready for all visitors to enjoy!

Traditional Delta canoeing (perxa) and the only 360ª viewpoint in Ebro Delta are some other charms of MónNatura Delta.

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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AND DIGISCOPING WORKSHOP WITH “SYSTEM” or “CSC” NEW CAMERAS

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ID: 21957Roberto Alcaraz, head of training in CASANOVA FOTO, and Francesc Kirchner, from ORYX, will offer a workshop on this new range of digital who are becoming more and more interesting for wildlife photography. Roberto will present the current offer of the most interesting brands and models, highlighting those with the most appropriate features with references to the availability of long focal range objectives for each case. Francesc, however, will discuss about the new photographic adapters that the most prestigious optics brands have brought to the market just thinking about these cameras.

There is a serious alternative to the bulky and heavy DSLR equipment, if you attend this workshop you will get a global view of what are the latest trends this new digital camera format!

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CANON DELTA PHOTOTOUR

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Saturday and Sunday at first light, exclusive photographic tour by different places on the Natural Park of the Ebro Delta guided by a technician from the Park. The participants will discover, thanks to the photographer Anotnio Liébana, the different photography techniques applied to ornithology and lanscapes, developing and improving their knowledge abou nature photography. During this tours, the participants will be able to try some equipment lent by Canon.

The meeting point will be the entrance of MonNatura Delta and you’ll have to move with your own vehicle.

*The tour is free but it is necessary to book on advance at confirmaciones@canon.es as places are limited (25 people/day) and assigned by strict booking order. 

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WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT TUBENOSES?

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Vincent BretagnolleWe know all the birds we can easily see in the marshlands, in the mountain, in the desert, in the shores, but… What do we know about the birds we can’t see from land? What do we know about birds that live in the sea? They are very particular birds that spend most of their life flying over seas and oceans, that’s why they are one of the most unknown families to the most inexperienced birders.

Luckily in DBF16 we count on the presence of an expert in this field. Vincent Bretagnolle, together with Hadoram Shirihai, has been working in the last 12 years in a major review of all tubenoses of the world. In his talk he is going to talk about his “Albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters of the world: a handbook to their taxonomy, identification, ecology and conservation”. About 2000 pictures and nearly 100 draws will be needed to complete it and it’s going to appear in 2020.

Vincent Bretagnolle works at the Biological Studies Centre of Chizé, that’s part of the National Center for Scientific Research of France, most well-known for their work on seabirds of the world. Vincent has been working on petrels and shearwaters all across the world in the past 20 years and has published nearly 70 papers on seabirds.

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LET’S TALK ABOUT THE REED BUNTING FROM THE SUBSPECIES WITHERBYI, AN ENDANGERED SPECIES

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Parc NaturalThe Reed Bunting from the subspecies witherbyi is an endemic species from the Iberian Peninsula that has experienced a dramatically decline in the last years (a drop of 80% is estimated in Catalonia in the last 10 years) so it has been classified as an endangered species.

Several experts from the Natural Park of the Ebro Delta will offer a talk about the current situation of this species in the Ebro Delta and about what methodology they use to census its population. It is important to know that if the threaten species are not studied properly; it will be difficult to take the right measures to deal with these threats. That is why Natural’s Park work is so important.

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JOURNALISTS FROM THREE BIRDWATCHING MAGAZINES VISIT THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL AND THE TERRES DE L’EBRE

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revistes 3 periodistesInvited by the Tourism Board of Terres de l’ Ebre, Walter Schultz, Mike Weedon and Jan Södersved, will enjoy a “Press Tour” at the best birdwatching places of the region Terres de l’Ebre and will visit as special guests the festival.

Walter Schultz is the editor of the German magazine Vogel, Mike Weedon is the editor of the popular British Birdwatching and Jan Södersved is the editor of the Linnut Birdlife magazine published in Finland, one of the European countries with more birdwatchers in relation to their population.

With his help we expect that the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL and Terres de l’Ebre as ornithological destination, are increasingly known throughout Europe.

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INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP ON DIGISCOPING, VIDEOSCOPING AND PHONESCOPING WITH SWAROVSKI

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Marcos Lacasa, nature photographer, responsible for the website and forum Photodigiscoping.com, will introduce us to the current techniques of photography and video with telescope through a practical workshop. This year the workshop will be at the Swarovski stand in the optics section of the festival fair, so that all participants can practice directly with the material. There will be four sessions, check the programme for the schedule.

We encourage all attendees to bring your camera and previously send a message to info@esteller.com to indicate your camera model thus may provide adapters required for each session.

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LET’S OBSERVE BIRDS WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER EYES

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The ability of fly that birds have, have always attracted the attention of humans, due to our inability to move ourselves through the air. Poets, musicians and all kind of artists have dedicated a little corner of their work to talk about birds and its surprising abilities.

 

 

The Societat Catalana de Fotògrafs de Natura (SCFN) can’t be less than that and during this edition of the Festival they will present their third photographic exposition dedicated to birds, called “Focus on birds“. Their intention is to make a representation of the different birds that live in our world in different situations, so it’s sure we are going to have some surprises.

 

 

SFCN, as part of the Institució Catalana d’Història Natural, has the aim to give value to the art of nature photography and to promote the respect to the biodiversity of our planet.

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BARCELONA’S ZOO, MORE MUCH THAN A LEISURE AREA

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zoo1We all know about the function of entertainment and education Barcelona’s zoo has, but did you know that the zoo, through its foundation, makes a lot of projects with the aim of investigate and preserve the earth’s diversity?

One of the imperative targets of the zoo is to make scientific research about the animals and its environment, knowing that this is one of the most important tools to guarantee species protection. That’s why they have developed a Research and Conservation programme that includes granting fellowships to projects related to preservation of species and collaboration with different institutions and universities.

Barcelona’s zoo will be one of the sponsors of the boat trip “A river of birds“, where the participants will see for themselves the rich biodiversity you can find on Delta, watching some bird species visible only from the river.

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MINIFESTIVAL OF NATURE FILMS

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Messenger-Poster-webSome little known films in Spain will be screened at the hide in several sessions throughout the weekend.

The Messenger. Imagine world without birdsong” about the decline American warblers, or “Racing Exctintion” by Discovery Channel, by director Louie Psihoyos of” The Cove “, are two prominent examples.

Another highlight will be the projection of the final edition of the great film produced by the Museum of Natural Sciences of Granollers on man’s relationship with bats in different parts of the world, from the exotic Sulawesi, to the US.

There will also be sessions for two small jewels produced in France, one on the enigmatic Wallcreeper, the butterfly bird, and the other on the Peregrine Falcon. And finally the documentary about the Selvagens islands in the Atlantic, produced by Birding Canarias.exposició digiscoping

Also, in the same space, we will present a superb selection of Digiscoping photographs thanks to the sponsorship of fotodigiscoping.info and Digiscoping Adapters, among which you’ll find prints by Ana Mínguez, Mario Cea, Rosa Matesanz and Juan Benjumea, among others.

 

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QUERCUS TIME, COME WITH THE EDITORS TO ENJOY BIRDS AND SOUNDS OF NATURE

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As always QUERCUS magazine joins us in the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL in several ways. They are our partners in spreading the event, in its stand you’ll find magazines and subscription offers and a selection of books and the opportunity to contact directly with them to exchange points of view, ideas and projects that might interest them.

And , like last year, on Saturday, at sunset ,they will accompany the excursion of the workshop Sounds of Nature of Eloisa Matheu to enjoy what unites the community of readers QUERCUS , the nature of our country .

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DELTA FOTO CONTEST’S FIRST EDITION IS HERE!

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1Most pure-bred birders always have some photos of his/her twitches, favourite birds or any type of feathered creature. Delta Birding Festival brings you the opportunity to present your best bird photos to the Delta Foto Contest’s first edition.

To participate is very easy, you just have to post your photo (3 photos permitted for each participant) on your Facebook or Instagram with the #deltafotocontest hashtag and tag @deltabirdingfestival, @canonespana and @seobirdlife. The prize are a pair of Canon 8×25 IS binoculars!

This first edition of the Delta Foto Contest is a reality thanks to the sponsor Canon Spain and the support of Seo/Birdlife. You have up to September 24th to post your photos. Don’t hesitate and go for it! Check contest rules.

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SUEZ COLLABORATES WITH THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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Water is an essential good for a good quality life and the well-being of our society and being a basic resource of productive economy it is also one of the essential elements to maintain the conservation of our natural spaces.

The purifying marshlands of the Ebro Delta are a good example of how a water cycle infrastructure can generate environment, social and economic value to its surroundings. In addition to the water treatment of rice fields, the conservation of biodiversity has been the backbone of the space’s management, being nowadays a place of high ornithological interest that offers suitable places to practice birdwatching, naturalistic walkings and environmental education.

So during the Delta Birding Festival we we’ll have the opportunity to know the situations and operation of this purifying marshlands of the Ebro Delta, a commitment with the biodiversity, a commitment with the environment.

Suez, manages almost 2.000 facilities in the world which include purification, desalinisation and treatment plants, water distribution networks, etc. Aquambiente, a company that belongs to the group, manages the purification wetlands of the Ebro Delta since they were put into work.

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WHY CATALONIA HOLDS THE RECORD IN EUROPEAN BIRD RACES WITH 217 SPECIES IN 24 HOURS?

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ricard gutierrezRicard Gutiérrez will reveal to you how the richness and diversity of this right-hand corner of the Iberian Peninsula can reward you with Citril Finches or Crossbills in the morning, Rollers, Short-toed Larks or Little Bustards at lunch time and Purple Swamp-hens or Squacco herons in the evening -yes, you’ll spend some money on fuel and highway tolls!- And this richness is a privilege that probably most Catalan birders are not really aware of and overseas visitors need to know.

The record of 217 species in a 24-hour bird race at the European scale remains unbeaten and is closely followed by other very good results mostly from Catalonia too. The complete Catalan list hits a very nice figure of 414 species. But… what are the best places to see the show? What can I expect in every season of the year? How can I get involved with locals who can help me?

These and many more exciting questions will be addressed in DBF16 by Ricard Gutiérrez. He works at the Catalan Government, dealing with Nature Management, and he has been involved in the Spanish and Catalan Rarities Committees, he is a reviewer at Ducth Birding and has collaborated with many European bird magazines, such as Birdwatch, Birding World or British Birds among others. His website www.rarebirdspain.org is a reference spot for rarity searchers.

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HADORAM SHIRIHAI WILL PRESENT HIS AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK

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ShirihaiDid you ever thought what it takes to take a photo of a rare bird in the forest of Colombia? Or get to the only remote island of the world where you can photograph a particular Albatross? Then you know that what Hadoram Shirihai is intending to do is the most monumental photographic challenge that any human has ever undertaken: to photograph all the birds of the world!

In his talk “Beyond Bird Photography: a quest to document them all“, the author will present in DBF16 what he is doing in this particular challenge, never undertaken before as a one-man project. No doubt, a passionate -and obsessed- birder like Shirihai is one of the few persons in the world that would be able to start such an enterprise.

He will talk about how he photographed 10 particularly scarce species, some of them new to science just for one decade. The difficulties to get them were varied: scientific, logistical, technical, photographical, meteorological…

Join us and… just enjoy how big ornithology can get!

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BIRD RINGERS ARE MORE THAN WELCOMED AT THE DBF16

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foto_MuseuThe Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona, sponsor of the tours Take flight, needs volunteer ringers for a short test at DBF16 to help them out with preparation of skins for their collection. Their curators noticed that the way bird skins -i.e. stuffed birds in a straight position- may not be the most suitable for those who review collections, so they need some help from experts who inspect plumage characteristics. And that leads inevitable to ringers.

Still to be determined what timetable it will be done, ringers are welcomed to visit the ICO stand where they will compare traditional and proposed preparation of skins and fill in a simple survey about their impressions when checking plumage features. The new preparation holds the wing of the bird slightly open and a leg of the bird in a more natural position. This should help when checking the age, moult and taking leg measurements but the Museum wants to know if you, as an expert, truly find it helpful.

Are you a ringer? Are you ready to collaborate? The Museum will really appreciate your help!

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WHERE WOULD BE MORE APPROPRIATE TO STAY IN MY NEXT BIRDWATCHING EXPERIENCE?

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lonely birderExperienced Birdwatching travellers like Marc Gálvez and José Guerra are the creators of a pioneering and very useful website for anyone who shares this passion.

Lonely Birder is a web portal that reports on a selection of accommodation and eating places especially suitable for birdwatchers both in Spain and of the rest of the world. It aims to be a useful guide and especially recommended for birdwatcher, to birdwatchers and above all, respectful of birds and their habitats.

To get the “Lonely Birder Approved” a lodge or a hotel must meet the 24 criteria that the creators of this site have established.

They are not all, but those listed are recommended by ornithologists for ornithologists and for anyone interested in birds, which gives added value. It is, therefore, a living project that will grow with new contributions.

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THE BEST OPTIC FAIR

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totes les marques opticaIn his third year, the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL has turned into the best fair of optics for observation and wildlife photography of southern Europe. We gather a pretty selection of exhibitors showing his products and organizing activities in which the visitors can test, compare and check by themselves the quality of the binoculars, telescopes, objectives, trpods, cameras and all their complements: more than 15 main brands of optical and photography will be present with his own stand!

The last novelties of the market will be the protagonists, with special free events for his presentation. Expect a new telescope of ZEISS, a new product of Leica and the last new photography adapters of Swarovski and Leica as well as any one other surprise that the British Birdfair bring us!

And the same with telephoto objectives and cameras of the best brands in DSLRs like CANON and NIKON, or the breaking new cameras System or CSC like OLYMPUS and FUJI, or from the prestigious LEICA. And the best tripods of the market as well like MANFROTTO and BENRO and an infinity of complements!

ORYX and CASANOVA FOTO will offer you the best offers in prices if you decide to purchase a new equipment at the festival, don’t miss it, you will not find a better occasion to do it!

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SEO-BirdLife SUPPORTS THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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Agri_ecologicaSEO-BirdLife renew his support to the festival with more energy and new proposals! This year to visit Riet Vell, the bird reserve managed by SEO will be a must,either because you participate the CANON DELTA PHOTOTOUR or do not want to miss learn how is done the traditional harvest of rice in the Delta and how it benefits the birds.

And again with the collaboration of CANON, SEO-BirdLife sponsors the new photo contest of the festival. Soon we will communicate how to participate, but you can already take into account that the birds of the Ebro Delta will be the stars!

And as in every edition of the festival we will enjoy a lecture on one of the most outstanding projects of SEO-BirdLife. This year Marcelino Cardalliaguet, SEO-BirdLife delegate in Extremadura, will explain to us how it has improved biodiversity on large farms with intensive agriculture thanks to management proposals that have made them and have been carried out with excellent results.

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HOW TO MAKE A NATURE FRIENDLY GARDEN

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natura al jardiIn this workshop will explain a series of performances that can make your garden a small natural reserve where birds, butterflies, amphibians and reptiles and perhaps the hedgehogs want to visit it or even come to live.

From a good selection of plants for caterpillars, until how to do a pile of rocks for shelter lizards or a good composter full of bugs, to the typical nest-boxes or to know which are the best seed mixes to guarantee the welfare of the birds in the winter, all are performances easy for everybody in a terrace or a garden in order to turn it into a good refuge of wildlife.

At the workshop we will offer the option of constructing a nest-box or a feeder of wood.

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ARE WE STILL DEFINING WHAT A SPECIES IS? LET’S PER ALSTRÖM TELL US.

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Foto Per AlstromInvestigator, taxonomist and author Per Alström will attend DBF16 and will give a talk entitled Is it a species or not?, a suggestive title that has the intention to address a hot issue today: the concept of species and how they are classified. Those birders who maintain checklists, especially if they are of worldwide scope, have had to reorder many of their lists or perhaps render the tick of a particular species as useless because that species has been split into several ones. The Iberian Chiffchaff or the Herring Gull are two good examples that Spanish birders came across not so long ago.

Per Alström will tell us why. Is this just a caprice of scientists? What is the base for this reorganization? Does it make sense? From a perspective that any birder can understand, Prof. Alström will unveil the secrets of classification of the animal kingdom in the 21st Century and how we can know that two species that look extremely similar to us from their external look can be told apart thanks to modern classification techniques.

He not only has discovered new species in the lab. Per Alström is also a keen field birder and has travelled around the world in a quest to discover new species. In Asia, he found two new species and rediscovered the location of some more that were thought to be extinct.

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YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR BIRD PHOTOS WITH A PRO!

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Foto Jordi Bas 2If you like wildlife photography don’t miss out on the talk that Jordi Bas will give on tips and tricks to improve your wildlife shots. He is one of the best photographers in Catalonia and has several international recognition awards, among which being the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2013 and 2007 stand out clearly. He publishes in international magazines and distributes his photos in three major photo agencies.

But beyond awards, publications and recognitions, Jordi is a passionate photographer who loves birds and who is in the constant search for “the perfect shot”. And, best of all, he likes to share his expertise with anyone who wants to listen to him! He will narrate his stories of successes and failures, how he manages to take pictures of elusive birds and what tricks he is using to attract any bird right in front of his telephoto lens.

In his territory in the Catalan drylands, Rollers, Bee-eaters, Little Bustards or Pin-tailed sandgrouses get shot by Jordi’s camera in wow! photographs that stand out for their special authenticity. Apart from learning, you will also get impressed by his magnificent pictures in this talk!

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HANDBOOK Alive, INTERNET BIRD COLLECTION and MyBirding!

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josep_hoyo1Just a few ornithologists of the world have’nt been aware about the famous and prestigious Handbook of the Birds of the World, the first and unique handbook that describes and illustrates one by one all the species of birds of the world. His publisher,  Josep of the Hoyo, in addition to being pioneering in the edition in traditional format, has become more pioneering in the edition in digital format. The continuity in Internet of this extraordinary project, the Handbook Alive, greatly surpasses the ambition of the first.

Don’t miss the last evolutions of the project and the integration of the Internet Bird Collection web site to improve the multimedia information of the contents. And if you are one of those who like birdwatching trips and do lists of lifers and sightings, is a must that you learn about the potential of the tool “MyBirding”!

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L’ALFACADA, A DELTA SECRET PLACE

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RALLUS AQUATICUSAlfacada lagoon is a secret place, inaccessible and very reach in biodiversity. A place with an unseen bird spectacle that during Delta Birding Festival open its doors to be discovered!

At the end of the walk, there will be a practical session of scientific ringing. There are three visits programmed with 25 vacancies each.

Leica sponsors these activities and will provide binoculars for participants. Don’t miss it and book it now!

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BIOLOGIST GERARD BOTA WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT ANY WATER AT THE DBF16

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Foto Gerard Bota - AlàudidWell, ok, we used a catchy title. If you are not a bird you’ll have a hard time but, yes, some birds live without almost any water. Desert birds expert Gerard Bota will give a talk at the DBF16 about how some birds can survive in extremely dry waterless environments, with temperatures regularly above 40ºC and a merciless sunshine that create the most hostile environment on Earth.Foto Gerard Bota

But birds, as usual, surprise us with prodigious adaptations to overcome those difficulties. From desalinizing salty water from plant seeds to singing in the air, birds have adapted their physiology and behaviour to colonize even what would seem the most lifeless corners of the planet. Fascinated by both the beauty of the birds themselves and their biology, Gerard’s work at the Centre Tecnològic i Forestal has been focused on the interaction between agriculture and birds in arid areas, a relationship that can be difficult in some places. His work has taken him to visit deserts and drylands around the world where he has witnessed the adaptations he will talk about.

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BOAT TRIP “A RIVER OF BIRDS”

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On Festival’s Saturday and Sunday, a river trip up the Ebro river in search of birds is available for visitors. Probably, this activity is not considered as a first option for the dedicated birder who moves to the Ebro Delta in search of water birds or seabirds. However, this trip can yield interesting surprises, as last year’s.IMG_2642

The Ebro River has a lot of attractions for the birder that can be watched well if we sail up the river by boat. The islands, such as the Illa de Gràcia and the shores in places that are not accessible from the ground are interesting resting points for birds that don’t want to be disturbed. The birder can only find these birds from the very same river.

Herons, waders and raptors, among many others, show up in the river. From Night Herons to Eleonora Falcons, there are many birds that use the Ebro as a shelter in their journeys and they can almost only be observed from the river, a quiet place far from human glances.

Bushnell and Barcelona’s Zoo,.. sponsors these activities. Don’t miss it and book it now!

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YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO START BIRDING? YOU JUST NEED TO TAKE FLIGHT!

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_MG_9148The DBF is not intended only for dedicated birders, also those who have never or almost never gone birding have the opportunity to take a walk with an expert birder to learn how to watch and identify birds.

The Take Flight tours, sponsored by the Museum of Natural Science of Barcelona, consist of a guided tour lasting one hour and a half around the Festival grounds, in the Tancada lagoon. Here you can watch a representative sample of the waterbirds of the Delta, including several species of seagulls, terns, a variety of waders and, of course, the handsome flamingos._MG_9140

The guides, expert ornithologists of the Catalan Ornithological Institute, will look for birds in the mudflats and will teach how they identify birds. A telescope will be used to see birds up close but it is strongly recommended that you bring your own binoculars as well.

With this first insight you’ll start getting introduced in the secrets of a world that raises a passion in all those who try it.

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SEABIRDS OFFSHORE BY ZEISS

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_R7E2095The Ebro Delta is a meeting point between land, sea and the water flow from the Ebro river, where the mix of sediments, limes, organic matter, fresh and salt water at different levels and in different forms creates numerous highly biodiverse habitats that favour the presence of a great variety of birds but the attractive of the Delta doesn’t end there, if you’ve got a boat the show still goes on offshore.

On Saturday and Sunday, the visitors to the Delta Birding Festival have the opportunity to sail offshore to watch pelagic birds, i.e., birds that we can only encounter far out at sea, when we lose sight of the land. The continental platform in that area is rich in several species of seabirds and fishing activity attracts many birds that follow fishing ships to take advantage of discarded fish._R7E0956 T

he tour will be guided by expert seawatching birders and will be joined by some of the starring guests of the festival, like Lars Svensson, per Alström or Hadoram Shirihai, who is also a seabird expert. From the ship, fish will be thrown away to lure seabirds, which are able to smell it from large distances. An excellent opportunity for photographers!

logo_zeissSponsored by Zeiss, who let the visitors prove their equipment. Buy your ticket!

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THOUSANDS OF SIGHTINGS OF RINGED YELLOW-LEGGED HERRING GULLS AT THE DBF 2016

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Larus michahellisAfter 10 years of colour-ringing gulls, Juan Arizaga and the ornithology team of the Society of Sciences of Aranzadi, from the Basque Country, have had thousands of sightings reported by enthusiast field workers. This has allowed them to discover in great detail what Yellow-legged Herring Gulls do in the shores of the Cantabrian Sea, how they move around and also how much they like to stay in the Atlantic seafront, as opposed to interchange populations with their Mediterranean conspecifics.Llegint anelles

This lecture at the Delta Birding Festival 2016 will show interesting facts about this bird species but also how the collaboration of bird enthusiasts can produce detailed results of great value for scientific use.

The Society of Sciences Aranzadi, named after its founder Telesforo de Aranzadi, was created in 1947 and has a long tradition in bird study. Juan Arizaga is the director of the Ornithology branch and a leading investigator who has produced dozens of papers published in scientific journals around the world.

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YOU CAN BUY IN ADVANCE THE 2016 DBF ENTRANCES

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LR7E7625 (800x533)They are now available on the web entrances to 2016 Delta Birding Festival!
Remember this festival  sets aside the profit from ticket sales to projects related bird monitoring and conservation works on bird distribution and bird population studies.

Also, you can acquire activities booked in advance:

– “Pelagic birds of the Delta”, saturday and sunday morning you can join a 15-mile offshore trip to watch seabirds in the Mediterranean. Balearic Shearwater, an endemism from the archipelago, will be an interesting highlight but we also expect to see seagulls, terns, occasional skuas and any surprise the sea has for us.

– “A river bird”, saturday and sunday morning will be the time for a boat trip on the Ebro river from the mouth to Gràcia Island in which you’ll have the opportunity to observe many of the Delta birds that thrive by the river and its islands, where anything can turn up in the migration season.

– “A secret paradise in the Delta”guided tour at Alfacada lagoon, a secret place, accessible only with a special permission and very rich in biodiversity. To end up the tour there will be a practical scientific ringing session. There are three groups foreseen with 25 available places each.

 

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MIGRATING BIRDS KNOW NO BOUNDARIES

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Notícia Yossi Leshem 2As long ago as 1983, Yossi Leshem made a proposal to the Israel Air Force to map bird migration routes in order to reduce bird collisions with military aircraft, which was becoming a serious problem both for birds and humans. While his proposal was under consideration by the Government, a First Lieutenant of the IAF was flying his F-15 at 765 kms/h at an altitude of only 100 m. when a Honey Buzzard struck the plane. The special hard glass of the cockpit crashed completely, the bird was sucked into de cockpit and hit the ejector lever of the pilot, who was violently propelled to the ground. He got a broken neck vertebra and was seriously injured. Immediately, the government approved Prof. Leshem’s plan and soon bird strikes with aircraft in Israel decreased by 75%.

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A success history had been born but the best was still to come. The program evolved into a bird migration survey that joined schools from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, thus encompassing kids, teachers, researchers and nature lovers from the three communities in a region with constant human conflicts, including situations of war. The project is now an example of how migrating birds, who know no boundaries, can help unite people under a common goal and contribute to higher understanding among diverse human groups.

 

Foto:Prof. Leshem is not interested just in birds themselves: he will use them to unite people. With Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister of Israel, and Palestinian and Arab farmers participating in a joint barn owl reintroduction program.

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DISCOVERING BIRD SPECIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

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Borja MiláIn a recent expedition to the Kumawa mountains, in Western Papua, one of the most unexplored places of the world, Borja Milà accompanied by a group of investigators, discovered a new species of berrypecker. Unfortunately, there are few places so unexplored than the Kumawa mountains, but there are still a lot of species to “discover”.

Currently, researchers are applying a new methodology that combines plumage, morphologic and genetic markers information. With this innovative way of working, they often have the surprise of finding new species. So, today, mostly it is not the epic exploration of remote places but the most advanced scientific techniques what brings to us the surprise of discovering a new bird species.

Borja Milà, Ramon y Cajal researcher of the Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology Department of the Natural Science Museum, will talk about how the introduction of the new integrative taxonomy helps them to delimit the different types of species, avoiding this way to underestimate the diversity of birds that are living on the planet.

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FLOWERS AND BEES: LIFE AT STAKE, A TALK ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BEES

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Abella pol·linitzantThey are not birds but they are essential to life existence in our planet. It is said that even Einstein was conscious about this fact and this quote is attributed to him: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left”.

 According to the FAO, the third part of the production of food in all of the world and about 90% of the wild flora depend on the pollination of the insects, in addition nine out of ten flowers need an insect that pollinates them to produce fruits and seeds. That’s why pollination is considered an ecological service with worldwide importance.

With Berta Caballero, Curator of Arthropodes at the Museum of Natural Science of Barcelona, we are going to discover that bees have demonstrated to be the most effective pollinating agent throughout evolution and are absolutely indispensable for out existence.

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A TALK ABOUT MONTAGU’S HARRIER

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esparver cendrosDuring this year’s DBF we are going to have the pleasure to offer you a talk about the Montagu’s Harrier. This is a ground-breeding bird of prey that builds its nests in cereal fields in WesternBea_ZA_2014_001 Europe. This is something that makes their baby birds especially vulnerable during the harvesting. It is also a semi-colonial species that can form colonies up to 20 breeding pairs with a rich and complex social behaviour.

Beatriz Arroyo is a researcher of the CSIC in the Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos, and has worked with harriers for more than 20 years. She will explain in this talk how behaviour and conservation are related with this vulnerable species.

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THE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WILL BECOME AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE FAIR OF THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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camara-fotos-micro-cuatro-tercios-1024x520More and more amateur photographers approach to the birdwatching driven by the desire to better understand the nature they capture through their cameras and lenses. And in turn, birdwatchers increasingly dedicate efforts to try to capture their best observations with a camera.

At the next Festival, thanks to FOTO CASANOVA as an exhibitor and special contributor to the Festival, we will have much more photographic equipment in display and the best deals of the first brands of cameras and lenses. And we will give special attention to the emerging section of micro 4/3 cameras, optimal for high quality digiscoping and who increasingly offers more long focal objectives for wildlife photography.

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STARTING SHOT FOR THE ORNITHO-SWAROVSKI RACE NOW!

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Logo Ornitho lowWe are really early birds this year. On June 5, celebrating the World Environment Day, the Ornitho-Swarovski Race already began. Entering complete lists in Ornitho from June 5 to September 24 (more than 3 months!) and registering as a participant at the ICO stand at the Delta Birding Festival you’ll have the opportunity to win the SWAROVSKI prize. The more complete lists you enter, the more chances you have to win!Logo swarovski optik

How do you think it feels to win a pair of binoculars worth 2.300€ just by enjoying your hobby? Going out to the field is the preferred activity of most birders but if in addition you have the chance to win a pair of SWAROVSKI EL 10 x 42, then you get a powerful extra motivation!

And now it’s even easier. You can enter lists from the app NaturaList (the Ornitho application for Android Smartphones) and enter complete lists of all species that you detect (eligible for the contest one per day maximum). It just can’t be easier, get excited and try to enter as many lists as possible to have the maximum chances to be the winner.

You can see how to use the app in this tutorial https://youtu.be/ERl8jhKzFe0

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THE DBF WILL FINANCE EXPEDITIONS FOR THE EUROPEAN BREEDING BIRD ATLAS

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Grup a Ucraïna 2Each year the DBF dedicates all the profit from ticket sales to bird monitoring and conservation projects and this year will contribute to a very interesting international project for all European ornithologists, the European Breeding Bird Atlas 2 (EBBA2).

The completion of the EBBA2 is encountering a lot of differences in the capacity of covering the different countries, so in some of them it’s impossible that the country’s ornithologists are able to cover all of the territory. Grup a Ucraïna 1That’s why the organization is sending expeditions of ornithologists from the countries with more ornithological tradition to do field work and training for local ornithologists. The ICO, for example, has been working in this way in Greece, Belarus and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The money raised in DBF 2016 will be used to send expeditions to carry out field work and training in the countries that need extra help to cover their territories. Participants will be volunteers -so their work won’t be payed- but they are going to have all travel and accommodation expenses payed by the organization. And you know, if you are interested in birding in those countries and want to contribute to the biggest ever ornithological project in Europe, this is your opportunity!

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LARS SVENSSON WILL BE THE BEST-KNOWN INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER IN THE DBF 2016

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LarsSvenssonIf we ask a birder of any place in Europe who is the best-known international ornithologist, for sure many of them will mention the name of Lars Svensson. In 1975, this Swedish ornithologist published a very complete guide for theidentification of birds in the hand (the Identification Guide to European Passerines) which became the reference book for bird ringers. In the following years, a very active Lars Svensson published a lot of articles about bird identification that finally leaded to the publication of the most complete guide to bird identification in Western Paleartic, the Bird Guide, published by Collins and with excellent drawings by Killian Mullarney.

Now Lars Svensson, at the age of almost 80, is about to finish a new reference work, the Handbook of Western Paleartic Birds, which will represent another important landmark in the study of ornithology in our biogeographical area. If you want to know the details of this work, meet the author and have his books signed, now is your opportunity to meet him at the DBF!

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DBF2015: a commitment, a reality

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IMG_1412One of the commitments of the Festival is to dedicate the profits of the tickets sale to conservation and research project in ornithology. Some days ago, it was decided a contribution of 5000€ to last year’s project.
This project is the New Catalan Breeding Bird Atlas, a project that needs the participation of hundreds of volunteers that look for the birds on 385 squares of 10×10 kilometers all around the country. They must find, identify and investigate what birds nest in each square, that’s a work that requires thousand of hours in the field. After that the Catalan Institute of Ornithology (ICO) has to process and analyze this information to make distributions and density maps and population estimations. The ICO will have to send professional teams to make research in squares with difficult access in mountain areas, like some summit of the Pyrenees and they will have to dedicate hundreds of hours introducing information on database to make the corresponding analysis. So, DBF contributions will cover the expenses of this and some other activities.

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23, 24 & 25th OF SEPTEMBER, DON’T MISS IT!

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So, these are the dates for the third edition of the International Ornithology Festival at Ebro Delta. A new edition that will bring a lot of surprises with new activities, workshops, international fame speakers…, that is, a show you really don’t want to miss!!!

 

This year go back to the last week of September to hold the festival, hoping to see even more birds in their migratory travels.

 

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A TOTAL SUCCESS OF DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL 2ND EDITION

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image_00002Delta Birding Festival, which took place from 18th to 20th September at MónNatura Delta, closes its second Edition with a great attendance success, with near 2000 people participating in more than 100 activities offered during the festival, standing out conferences, workshops, ship tours, photography safaris or activities for beginners.

We can outline Hadoram Shirihai presentation, famous Israeli ornithologist, Dick Forsman, Finn world specialist in birds of prey, and Markus Varesvuo, Finn highly regarded photographer amongst the 50 presentations of the festival. The new TV3 show “tocats de l’ala” premiere has also raised a lot of expectation, introduced by its director, Fúlvia Nicolàs and its producer, Joan Pavia.

The festival has been able to combine the interests of the most specialized ornithologists of the country, who have been able to find top level workshops, conferences, photographical safaris and ship tours with a more amateur or family public, who also had activities and workshops to introduce them to enjoy ornithology in an exceptional environment.

image_00004The festival also had a trade show with more than 40 exhibitors including Optical stands, ornithological tourism stands, specialized book shops, International destination stands… amongst others. About fifty people have cooperated and worked in the development of the festival.

As it was previously done at the first Edition, once the economical evaluation has been done, the benefits obtained with the tickets purchase will be assigned to a birds conservation project, which this year will be the cooperation in the elaboration of the New Atlas of Catalonia’s nesting birds.

Therefore, the organizers (Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera, Oryx shop and Institut Català d’Ornitologia), the main partners (Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat, Parc natural del Delta de l’Ebre, patronat de Turisme de les Terres de l’Ebre and Ajuntament d’Amposta) and special partners (SEO/Birdlife and Museu de les Ciències de Barcelona) thank all attendants to Delta Birding Festival 2015.

See you next year!!!

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AND AFTER THE FESTIVAL… WHAT?

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New at birding? Attending the DBF just to see what’s there for you? Will you do the “Take flight” tours? Will you dare with the boat trips? And after that, How are you gonna get really introduced to the world of birding?

You must know that the Catalan Ornithological Institute, DBF co-organizer, does courses and field trips to train from beginners who don’t yet know how to hold the binoculars to consolidated birders who want to take their hobby to a higher level. The ICO offers an ideal curriculum for you to become a birder:

People Abel grup ulldemolins swarovski cata 7 - lowFlash course: week-end course, full-time Saturday and Sunday morning. Trips in the mornings and 3 hours of class training in the afternoon to learn how to use the field guide choose a good pair of binocular and learn how to watch birds in the field.

Intro course: 4 full-time Saturdays. Field trips in the mornings and class training in the afternoon. You’ll learn birding but you’ll also learn to understand what you see: Why do birds sing? How do they find out their way on migration? Why do they have such an extraordinary vision? How can we count them? And many other “whys”…

ID course: 6 full-time Saturdays. Trips in the morning and class training in the afternoon. You’ll learn to identify birds that are a mystery for you: waders, seabirds, night owls, tiny birds that never come out from the bushes… In class, you’ll practice with videos, mystery photos, ID games and online resources.

With these three courses, which will add up 50 flight hours in the field and 30 more hours in class you’ll get to DBF 2016 as a crack. Don’t miss out this opportunity!

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IF YOU CANNOT COME TODAY, COME TOMORROW FOR ONLY 3€

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ENTRADES2If you cannot come today, you can tomorrow for only 3€

An ideal day for families and local public with activities prepared for kids.

The final highlight will be the release of species recovered by the Natural Park, and we would like to share it with lots of children!

Remember that you can also have lunch in MonNatura, with a great assortment of Delta cuisine.

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A FESTIVAL WITH A DELTA FLAVOR

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arros_articleDelta de l’Ebre is not only birds and landscape!

One of its most characteristic elements is the food, and in the festival  we have prepared for you a tasting of the Delta cuisine, on Saturday and Sunday, without leaving the site. There is no need to miss any activity or lecture!

You can buy a ticket at the reception for 12 €, and you will be able to eat and drink for the two days.

Enjoy a Delta with  a lot of flavor!

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RELEASE OF RECOVERED BIRDS

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????????In the Delta del Ebro Natural Park you can find the Canal Vell Wildlife Recovery Centre which objective is to recover wild animals that have been injured by natural causes or human activities.

In 2014 a total of 450 animals, of which roughly half of them were birds, where taken care of in the centre. Many of this animals reach the centre in an irrecoverable condition but a team of vets tries to cure those that can be returned back to their natural habitat, whilst those that can live in captivity but could not possibly live in the wild are kept in the centre for educational purposes.

In the Delta Birding Festival, on Sunday 20, several birds from the Recovery Centre will be released. At this time, there are 2 Grey Herons who are already able to fish on their own and live in freedom. They will be released jointly with other birds that are in the “waiting room” finishing their recovery and will probably be ready to live free.

If you want to watch closely these wonderful birds and enjoy with them their new life, free again, you can’t miss it out: Sunday at 14:30 in front of the viewpoint building.

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PRESENTATION OF “TOCATS DE L’ALA”, THE TV3 PROGRAMME ABOUT BIRDS AND BIRDERS

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Rodatge TV3 2On Saturday 19 the TV3 13 episode documentary series “Tocats de l’ala” will be presented after its premiere that very same day. Its authors, Fúlvia Nicolàs and Joan Pavia will detail how the programme was made, who participated and how they participated, the incidents of the shooting and how the idea of a series about birds came to their minds.

When the creators had the idea of making a programme about birds, they had no idea about birds but during the shooting and as a result of their continued contact with really passionate birders, they have been so engaged in birding that one can say that they are now full right members of the world of Catalan birders. “Tocats de l’ala” has allowed them to enjoy experiences with birds that are often difficult to access even to dedicated birders. They have seen Capercaillies, Bearded tits, Storm Petrels, Tengmalm’s Owls and scavengers in full action. A real privilege for a couple of real rookies!

LOGO TOCATS DE L'ALAThe series talks about birds but it also talks a lot about birders and about how they enjoy their hobby, which often consumes all their free time in an obsessive manner.

The programme has enjoyed the counseling and scientific review of the Catalan Ornithological Institute (ICO) in order to ensure that the fun style of the series is framed inside a rigorous scientific context.

Author: canvis

A WINE TASTING IN FAVOUR OF THE BIRDS

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Sant Josep Vins offers a solidary tasting of 3 wines of DO Terra Alta with Hadoram Shirihai!

Take the opportunity and win a bottle with a exclusive label personally signed by H. Shirihai.

For every bottle you buy, we will destine 2€ to the conservation project of the festival.

Author: canvis

TIM LAMAN’S BIRDS OF PARADISE PRINTS IN DISPLAY AT THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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Come and admire an extraordinary set of prints of the world famous collection of Birds of Paradise pictures from Tim Laman, a National geographic photographer.

All are mounted in a paspartus and framed for the exhibition. They will be available to buy them (w/o the frame) for 60 €.

Author: canvis

ECOTOURISM AND CONSERVATION

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During the Festival 5 successful ecotourism case studies based on biodiversity conservation will be presented.

One of them is a web site (www.arrelia.cat) that comes out from several ecotourism initiatives located in areas where land stewardship agreements have been achieved. A good example is the Sebes Nature Reserve, in the village of Flix.

All other cases are concerned with the observation of remarkable species and nature photography. They show how hides placed in appropriate spots can contribute to local wealth and prosperity. Photo Logistics, Naturaprop and Focus on Mediterranean Wildlife will explain their experiences in detail.

Finally, EDMAKTUB, an ecotourism initiative at the sea, gougeous!

It is a win-win strategy to obtain local benefits and take advantage of the existing resources by preserving biodiversity.

Author: canvis

AN EVENT WITH STRONG INVOLVEMENT OF LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS

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Showcase local natural and cultural values is among the Delta Birding Festival objectives.

MAS PERIODICO DELTA DEL EBRO PRIMAVERA

The Ebro Delta is a unique site concerning not only biodiversity but also landscape, gastronomy and overall services always provided by this land’s main asset: its people.

Many local companies are supporting the Festival as an opportunity to strengthen and position the Ebro Delta at an international level.

The Patronat de Turisme de les Terres de l’Ebre (local Tourist Board), the Municipality of Amposta, the Museu de les Terres de l’Ebre (local Museum) and the Ebro Delta Natural Park are public institutions giving institutional and promotional support to the Festival. Local companies from the private sector such as Infosa, Creuers del Delta, Sant Josep Vins, Riet Vell, and some hotels (l’Algadir, Mediterrani Blau, Marjal Allotjaments,…) are also boosting the event.

We thank them all for the support provided that will certainly raise the Festival’s profile on the international scene.

Author: canvis

COME TO THE FESTIVAL WITH YOUR FAMILY!

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At Delta Birding we want you to enjoy our wide programme of activities, conferences and workshops.

Families are very welcome, hence the programme also includes bird related activities addressed to children. Under the wing of Picampall (the Delta Ornithological Association) kids will learn all about the Delta’s most emblematic bird species: flamingos.

We will also help children to recognise and understand many other bird species and thus promote a new nest of birders.

The classroom in the Mirador building will host children activities during the whole weekend.

It’s free for children under fourteen. Don’t miss them!

Author: canvis

DO YOU WANT TO STROLL AROUND DELTA WITH AN ELECTRICAL BICYCLE?

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Deltacleta will be present at the festival offering 2 hour tours in electrical bicycle around Tancada. Bikes, equipped with GPS, binoculars and a birds small guide, will be ready to rent at a symbolic 10€ fee to make a tour around Tancada lagoon and to watch its rich biodiversity.

A different and comfortable way to discover Delta!

Author: canvis

SECOND HAND MINI-MARKET OF OPTICS

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Bring your old binoculars to the festival and we will try to find a buyer for them. ORYX, the optics delaer of the Delta Birding Festival, will display your old binoculars or telescope and will sell them on behalf of you to any interested person. A fee of the 15% of the selling price will be payed.

Author: canvis

DIGISCOPING ADAPTERS AND FOTODIGISCOPING.INFO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL DIGSICOPING ACTIVITIES.

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As exhibitors have invited Rosa Matesanz and Ana Mínguez to do two different lectures about Digiscoping. Both are expert Digiscoping photographers and their results are of a high level quality, not below the results of many other great photographers using traditional photo equipment.

 

And Javier Milla, the third invited lecturer, will talk us about how nature photography has become the strongest media to stimulate interest about Wildlife and Nature.

Author: canvis

AFRICAN CONTINENT PRESENT AT THE FESTIVAL

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EMBERIZAMorocco, Senegal and Uganda will be present at 2015 festival.

Ignacio Yúfera will talk about his book “Birds from Morocco”, a spectacular big format book.

Juan Carlos Albero, from Emberiza, will talk about Senegal as an ornithological destiny, unknown by most “birders”.

And lastly, Tony Byarugaba, will present Uganda’s possibilities to be able to watch more than 1.000 different species.

Don’t’ miss it!

 

Author: canvis

INTRODUCTION OF TWO NEW APPS DURING THE FESTIVAL

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During the Festival two new APPS will be introduced. Firstly, Lynx Edicions, through Josep del Hoyo will introduce the Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive,  which is a new ornithological resource at the Internet that contains HBW updated information, the great encyclopaedia about the birds of the wold.

On the other hand, “Pajarear por Extremadura” is the new proposal by Birding Extremadura colleagues, to offer everything we might need (species, lodging, transports, places,…) while making our ornithological visit to Extremadura. Presentation will be made by Vanesa Palacios.

 

Author: canvis

AUTHORS WILL SIGN BOOKS AT ORYX STAND DURING THE FESTIVAL

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Nine different authors, like Hadoram Shirihai, Dick Forsman, Markus Varesvuo, Conor Jameson, Juan Varela and Toni Llobet will be signing books at different scheduled times at ORYX stand. Please check the timetable and what books will you find at special prices in ORYX stand.

 

 

QUADRE SIGNATURA LLIBRES

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WORKSHOP ON DIGITAL NATURALIST DRAWING WITH A GREAT MASTER

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taller dibuix t llobetToni Llobet, one of the best nature artist in the world, renowed for his great drawings at the world-class Handbook of the Mammals of the World by Lynx, will show us his techniques to produce accurate protraits of birds and other animals or plants with a graphic tablet.

Assistants will have the opportunity of try themselves with one available set of tablet plus computer.

Author: canvis

ORNITHOLOGY, A GENERAL IMPORTANCE ISSUE

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PNDEGeneralitat de Catalunya, through Direcció General de Medi Natural (Environmental General Department), will make the opening speech of the Festival. In particular, Ricard Gutiérrez, acknowledged biologist very close to Ebro Delta, will talk about ecology, endangered species and new conservation challenges for XXI century. He will try to answer questions such as why are now leaving Audouin’s gulls?, why are shearwaters not breeding in our coastline?, what is happening with our habitats 30 years after the first natural parks?

There will permanently also be an exhibition about Natural Parks Net in the observatory building at MónNatura Delta.

Finally, David Bigas, expert ornithologist from Delta de l’Ebre Natural Park, will talk about Ebro Delta birds’ pattern list. This talk will take place on Sunday, being the last scheduled by the Festival.

Author: canvis

THE “ARA” NEWSPAPER SUPPORTS THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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In September the newspaper will promote the Festival issuing an article about the most characteristic birds of the Ebro delta and inviting his readers to come to visit us during the Festival.

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THE “ARA” NEWSPAPER SUPPORTS THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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In September the newspaper will promote the Festival issuing an article about the most characteristic birds of the Ebro delta and inviting his readers to come to visit us during the Festival.

Author: canvis

“BIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT”: AN ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTARY

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New York’s Central Park is an immense green island in an even more immense sea of concrete but the city of the skyscrapers lies in the way of a first class migration route on the East cost of the USA and dozens of millions of birds overfly it every spring and autumn in their journeys from North America to their tropical winter quarters in the South.

Notícia PelículaThis yields a real invasion of birds, especially during spring, when small warblers encounter this oasis to rest and refuel in their exhausting journey. They are the equivalents to our mainly dull warblers, which in the American continent are strikingly coloured, shiny and attractive. But “Birders: the Central Park Effect” speaks more about birders than birds, in a series of portraits of the characters that bird in Central Park, either amateurs of professionals, young or old, famous or not, but always interesting.

The movie features best-seller writers who got hooked on birding, such as Jonathan Rosen and Jonathan Frazen, passionate guides like charismatic Starr Saphir, who with a terminal breast cancer leads groups 4 times a week in spring, birders who infect others with his passion like Chris Cooper, who is worried to explain his hobby to his non-birder friends or Anya Auerbach, a very young 15 year old birder who wants birding to be cool.

The one hour long documentary (in English with Spanish subtitles) will be shown on Friday 19 at 9:30 pm in Amposta (not in the Festival grounds) and the session will be open to the general public. The place of the screening will be the Museu de les Terres de l’Ebre in Amposta. Stay tunned, you simply can’t miss this out!

Trailer

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“BIRD NOTEBOOK” A DOCUMENTARY OF NINE SPECIES

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Bird Notebook” by Peter Valverde,  is a documentary made by this naturalist. For three years he has recorded with high speed cameras nine species of birds in the area where he lives (Segovia).

Spectacular images and didactic orientations.

Author: canvis

“A WORLD OF FEATHERS” THE AUDIOVISUAL OF THE DETAILS

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A world of feathers” is an audiovisual where the author (Xavier Martinez) captures special details of these admired animals: a gesture, a look, textures, environment …. moments and emotions. All in all a taste of his passion, where he wants to convey love and respect for nature in general and particularly for birds. All images have been captured in Catalonia.

Author: canvis

THE FIRST FILM ABOUT BIRDS OF THE SELVAGENS ISLANDS, THE FORGOTEN ARCHIPELAGO IN MID NORTHERN ATLANTIC OCEAN.

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Birding Canarias team, with Juan José Ramos Melos as its leader, will show for the first time in Spain and the rest of Europe, the extraordinary array of very poor known birds and other animals that inhabit the Selvagens Islands like White-faced Storm Petrels, Madeiran Storm Petrel, several terns, and the colonies of thousands of Cory’s Shearwaters, etc.

Author: canvis

25 YEARS OF THE ALOSA BIRD SOUNDS GUIDES

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Eloïsa Matheu, who has been running ALOSA, will talk about the role of bird songs in ornithology and will run a practical workshop to learn about them. Considering that now we are completely immersed in the digital and internet era, things have changed a lot on how to approach the topic.

Author: canvis

THE GHOST OF THE FOREST

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Conor Jameson is a feature writer, author and conservationist that works in the RSPB. With his first book “The Silent Spring Revisited”, he explored the legacy of Rachel Carson, who first raised the alarm over the perils of pesticides sweeping across Britain and America and the demise of songbirds.

In this talk, Conor explains his fascination for the species, the ‘phantom of the forest’, and the people and places (including Spain) he got to know in the course of his investigation that ended with the publication of his second book “Looking for the Goshawk”.

Author: canvis

HEAT ENGINES UP FOR THE ORNITHO-SWAROVSKI RACE!

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Ornitho panoramicaAre a 2.300€ pair of binoculars a good motivation to go out birding? Clearly, birders don’t need to be given away anything to go to the field and for many of us neither is introducing our observations in Ornitho but the truth is that a pair of SWAROVSKI EL 10 x 42  binoculars is a good reason not to forget doing it.

 

September 1st is the starting signal to join the Race Ornitho-Swarovski. By inputting a complete list a day in Ornitho you will enter a draw that will take place on Festival’s Sunday in which you can win the SWAROVSKI. The more days you’ve entered a complete list, the more options you are going to have to be the winner. It’s like buying a lottery ticket every day! Don’t get discouraged if you can only enter complete lists some days, you also have the chance to win.

 

So, get ready. September 1st is close. Try to enter 19 complete lists to maximize your chances and participate in Ornitho, the project of the Catalan Ornithological Institute that has won the Best Citizen Science Project prize awarded by the magazine El Temps in 2015 and that stores the astonishing quantity of half a million bird observations a year.

 

Author: canvis

FEATHERS AND COLOURS. BIRDS’ ILLUSTRATORS AT EBRO LANDS

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Terres de l’Ebre Museum joins the events related to Delta Birding Festival and from 17th September to 29th November, will exhibit at its facilities in Amposta “Feathers and colours. Birds’ illustrators at Ebro lands” exhibition.

 

A free exhibition that will show the illustration of Toni Térmens, Francesc Curto, Joan Antonio Muyàs and Albert Gonzàlez, all of them from Ebro lands.

Author: canvis

BIRD MARATHONS, BIG YEARS AND OTHER FORMS OF ACTIVE BIRDING

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Is birding adrenalinic or relaxing? It’s up to you. You can take your hobby as a contemplative, quiet hobby to enjoy the scenery and the sensations that nature gives to us but it can also mean racing to watch a rarity, driving hundreds of kilometers just to watch a bird or spend 24 hours non-sleeping to observe the maximum number of species in a day.

Aleix ponçAbout this second approach is what Aleix Comas and Ponç Feliu will talk about in the DBF. Members of the Tramuntana Birding Team, a renowned team that has won several bird marathons, Aleix and Ponç are to obsessive birders who are devoted to this hobby with full passion. They have been involved in marathons in Catalonia and Spain but also in different places in the world, including the famous World Series of Birding of Cape May, a cooperative marathon with dozens of very diverse teams.

Ponç undertook an EcoBigYear, in which he visited the whole of Catalonia by bike and on foot to observe the maximum number of bird species in a year. This is an exhausting task that meant that he biked or walked several thousand kilometers from the summits of the Pirenees to the Ebro Delta. No need to say that he is in perfect physical shape!

But our guests don’t stop here and they also contribute to citizen science projects, cooperate in censuses and participate in anything that can help others out enjoy birding.

Author: canvis

THE ALFACADA LAGOON: MONITORING AND CONSERVATION IN PROCESS

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Last year, the DBF managed to raise money to start a monitoring project in the Alfacada Lagoon and a neighboring piece of land called El Violí, an area of old rice fields that will be recovered as a natural space by means of a LIFE project, participated by the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera.

Alfacada 4Since the end of 2014 and during 2015, a constant effort site Sylvia station has been set in the Alfacada and has been integrated in the whole pool of Sylvia stations of Catalonia in order to follow bird populations by means of ringing. In Spring and early Summer 2015 ringing sessions have taken place that will allow the evaluation of bird population status over time when a series of years is available; the Sylvia Programme has provided high quality data for the monitoring of birds in Catalonia since the Catalan Ornithological Institute started it out, 23 years ago.

El Violí area has been censused with the mapping method, a relatively complex system that requires the investment of more time than other methods but that provides high quality data. When the area is recovered we will know quite precisely what birds colonize it and we’ll have data to make recommendations on what actions need to be taken to favour the species that need a boost to their populations.

Author: canvis

40 YEARS OF WILDLIFE ART

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Juan Varela is one of the most highlighted wildlife artists in Spain. Coinciding with the Delta Birding Festival he will celebrate his 40 years devoted to the naturalist art and will present us a review of his activity, since his first steps until the recent publication of a new manual of wildlife art and the preparation of an exhibition to the National Museum of Natural Sciences of Madrid.

Author: canvis

THREE EUROPEAN CONSERVATION PROJECTS RUN BY THE RSPB

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Carles Carboneras will explain us the development of three important conservation projects in the RSPB.

One of them about the conservation of migratory little birds, some of them killed by thousands at certain Mediterranean countries.

Author: canvis

BIRDS OF PREY AND FOUNDATION NATURAL SITES NET

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MónNatura Delta, location of the Festival is a facility managed by Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera, although Fundació manages a net of 25 Natural Sites. Amongst which we highlight 3 for its close relationship with birds of prey.

hide voltors alinyaMónNatura Pirineus, at Pallars Sobirà, a facility that will let you live Pyrenees as you have never done and with a fauna centre where a couple of lammergeyers part of the  VCF (Vulture Conservation Foundation) project stand out to favour the reintroduction of the species where it has disappeared.

Muntanya d’Alinyà, at Alt Urgell, the only place in Europe where you can easily watch the 4 species of European vultures! Lammergeyer, black vulture, griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture … and many birds more are waiting for you at the living Mountain! At your disposal, an observatory and a photographic hide to enjoy at first person.

At last, Congost de Mont-rebei, at Alta Ribagorça, a spectacular site where its cliffs are nests of many birds of prey, amongst which Lammergeyer stands out. Discover vertical landscape!

You will be able to discover all activities that take place in these sites if you visit Foundation stand during the Festival.

Author: canvis

THE “MIGRA” PROGRAM OF SEO/BirdLife

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Javier de la Puente and Ana Bermejo are running one of the most interesting scientific programs of SEO/Birdlife. They are using the latest technologies on tagging birds to understand their migration activity. They will present the results obtained with white storks, Booted Eagles and Rollers.

Author: canvis

DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL, A CHANCE TO ENJOY TERRITORY

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Ebro Delta is more than a birding paradise, it is also a gastronomic Paradise and many of the area facilities joined the festival initiative offering special pricing conditions during the Festival celebration.

Check these hotels and restaurants at festival web page and consider it when you make your booking.

Enjoy the Festival! Enjoy Delta!

Author: canvis

TRAIL CAMERAS WORKSHOP

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Alfred Encuentra, biologist specialized in wildlife, will present a review of the practical use of trail cameras. His experience allow him explain many tricks and show the results that he has obtained.

Herons fishing at night, the activity of a prech or peregrine falcons or the adventures of the otters that recently have settled the river Tenes, will be the protagonists of the practical examples that Alfred will explain us.

Author: canvis

THE BIRDS AND MAMMALS OF THE AUSTRAL OCEAN ARE THEY KEY INDICATORS OF THE GLOBAL CHANGE?

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Joan Ferrer, biologist, will talk about his experience during one complete year collaborating with the French Polar Institute at the Kerguelen archipelago.

Author: canvis

GAMEBIRDS OF SCANDINAVIA

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Capercailles, Black Grouses, Hazel Grouses and Ptamirgans have been the latest goal of one of the most famous bird photographers of the world, Markus Varesvuo. In his presentation we will see a selection of his latest work on this group of birds.

Author: canvis

PICAMPALL, TWO VERY SPECIAL WORKSHOPS FOR DBF’2015

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Picampall,egagropila an Ebro Delta birding association, takes part in l Delta Birding Festival with two workshops, one of aimed at small children.

With “CSI: Delta pellets”, aimed at all kind of people, we will get into pellets fascinating world, regurgitated by raptors. What does it hide inside Karin Van der Broek, from Picampall, will give this workshop.

For smaller children, “Adopt a Flamingo” will take us to know the maximum detail of this Delta characteristic bird, and for that, we will count on Xavier Alifonso from Picampall.

Author: canvis

QUERCUS TIME, A UNIQUE WATCHING FROM THE VIEWPOINT

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Quercus magazine wants to participate this year at Delta Birding Festival in a different way!

 

Therefore, on Saturday, at sunset, they suggest a unique watching from MónNatura Delta’s 360º viewpoint.

 

All their readers and all visitors that want to join the group are invited to enjoy this watching commented by the magazine directors.

Author: canvis

GARDEN WILDLIFE

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To create a garden for wildlife is a very good way to start as a naturalist. The workshop will be run by, Jaume Sañé, a wildlife broadcaster who has transformed his house and his garden in a really heaven for birds and other animals thanks of a good design, the plantation of suitable trees and shrubs, feeders and nestboxes, etc

Author: canvis

SEO/Birdlife TAKES PART AT DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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reservarietvellOn Saturday and Sunday SEO/Birdlife organizes at its Riet Vell Reserve some activities complementary to those developed at MónNatura Delta during the festival.

Thus, some commented watching will take place at early morning from Riet Vell’s Swarovski observatory, participatory activities combining rice world with birds or talks and child games about bird migration.

All activities will be free showing the Festival identity bracelet.

Check activities’ schedule in the program!

Author: canvis

BOAT TRIP “A RIVER OF BIRDS”

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On Festival’s Saturday, a river trip up the Ebro river in search of birds is available for visitors. Probably, this activity is not considered as a first option for the dedicated birder who moves to the Ebro Delta in search of water birds or seabirds. However, this trip can yield interesting surprises, as last year’s.

Falco eleonoraeThe Ebro River has a lot of attractions for the birder that can be watched well if we sail up the river by boat. The islands, such as the Illa de Gràcia and the shores in places that are not accessible from the ground are interesting resting points for birds that don’t want to be disturbed. The birder can only find these birds from the very same river.

Herons, waders and raptors, among many others, show up in the river. From Night Herons to Eleonora Falcons, there are many birds that use the Ebro as a shelter in their journeys and they can almost only be observed from the river, a quiet place far from human glances.

Tamron, Steiner, Samyang, Metz, Peli, Eyefi,.. sponsors these activities. Don’t miss it and book it now!

Author: canvis

L’ALFACADA, A DELTA SECRET PARADISE

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fotjes a l'alfacadaAlfacada lagoon is a secret place, inaccessible and very reach in biodiversity. A place with an unseen bird spectacle that during Delta Birding Festival open its doors to be discovered!

At the end of the walk, there will be a practical session of scientific ringing. There are three visits programmed with 25 vacancies each.

Bushnell sponsors these activities and will provide binoculars for participants. Don’t miss it and book it now!

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PHOTO SAFARI

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Liebana-2-700x467Saturday and Sunday early morning and lead by Santi Martorell, technician from Ebro Delta Natural Park, there will be a photographic tour throughout Delta. The meeting point will be MónNatura Delta entrance and you will move by private vehicle. These journeys will also count on CANON sponsoring and Antonio Liébana’s presence, an expert naturalistic photographer that will delight all participants with his photography advises and his CANON equipment.

 

*Activities are free but it is necessary to book on advance at deltabirdingfestival@gmail.com as places are limited (25 people/day) and assigned by strict booking order. 

Author: canvis

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP ON DIGISCOPING, VIDEOSCOPING AND PHONESCOPING

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Run by Marcos Lacasa, Nature photographer and expert on raptors, it will be basically a practice workshop. He will present the latest options on scopes, adaptors and cameras, but he also will explain the basic principles of how to use properly any kind of scope and camera.

Author: canvis

DANIEL LOPEZ VELASCO, THE GLOBAL BIRDWATCHER AND FAMOUS BIRDQUEST GUIDE

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daniel lopez velasco2Dani, even though is a young man, has travelled to many different countries in search of new bird species. Combined with his excellent observation skills and great hability in identifying the most difficult species, has allowed him to become one of the most active bird guide of the prestigious Birdquest travel agency, side by side with the vary famous Mark Beaman, Esutace Barnes, Nik Borrow and Hannu Jannes.

In his presentation we will know what have been his best birding experiences in his trips around the world.

Author: canvis

MONNATURA DELTA WELCOMES FOR THE SECOND YEAR DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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monnatura delta 2MonNatura Delta, welcomes Delta Birding Festival for the second consecutive year, the only International birding festival that takes place in Catalonia.

During three days (18th, 19th and 20th September), the center will open its doors to all those people who buy the ticket for the Festival

Many activities for all ages are ready for all visitors to enjoy!

Furthermore, this year a Snack area will open to allow people to talk with the different speakers all the interesting details of their lectures.

Traditional Delta canoeing (perxa) and the only 360ª viewpoint in Ebro Delta are some other charms of MónNatura Delta.

Author: canvis

THE LYNX ID CHALLENGE, THE FESTIVAL AT ITS PEAK FOR X-TREME BIRDERS

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Last year saw the birth of the first edition of the Lynx ID Challenge in the Delta Birding Festival, a contest at the level of those who are really mad about the ID of birds in the frontier of what humans are able to recognize. 40 species of birds, with photos, videos and sounds marched in front of the senses of birders who filled the big conference room, while they were being freaked out trying to tell those creatures apart.

Lynx ID QuizThat said, the Lynx ID Challenge is back with a similar format but thanks to the twisted imagination of the organizers, there is some surprise to put some more stress on the contestants. Certainly, you’ll suffer… but don’t complain; we know you like challenges, we know that you see difficulties as hurdles you like to jump over and that every time you identify a difficult bird you just get urged to find a more difficult one to climb one step further up.

The contest will be commented on by Hadoram Shirihai, a guarantee that it’ll be interesting, and the best three contestants will get books of the latest novelties of Lynx Eds. But no matter how attractive the prizes are, we know that you are going to sign up for the contest just for the challenge of solving a difficult puzzle. You guys are incorrigible…

Author: canvis

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AT ITS BEST AT THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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OBJECTIUSCANON, NIKON, TAMRON and SIGMA will display all their new products, so visitors will have the opportunity of trying for themselves their performance. And also the main scope brands will show disgiscoping systems and show that the recent improvements in quality of this technique can match a high level of quality as well.

In addition to this you can participate in a Photography Safari or in a Digiscoping Workshop or assist at the magnificent presentation of Markus Varesvuo.

Author: canvis

DICK FORSMAN, THE BEST EUROPEAN RAPTORS SPECIALIST

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Dick is the author of the bestseller identification guide on the raptors of Europe, North Africa and Middle East and he is now preparing a new edition of it with a deeper knowledge on how to identify subspecies and ages and with a significant improvement of the pictures that illustrates the birds. His lecture will be like a novelty about what we will find in his new book.

Author: canvis

SEABIRDS OFFSHORE

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The Ebro Delta is a meeting point between land, sea and the water flow from the Ebro river, where the mix of sediments, limes, organic matter, fresh and salt water at different levels and in different forms creates numerous highly biodiverse habitats that favour the presence of a great variety of birds but the attractive of the Delta doesn’t end there, if you’ve got a boat the show still goes on offshore.

Sortida Aus pelàgiques del delta - Mascarell - Jesús FoncubiertaOn Sunday, September 20, the visitors to the Delta Birding Festival have the opportunity to sail offshore to watch pelagic birds, i.e., birds that we can only encounter far out at sea, when we lose sight of the land. The continental platform in that area is rich in several species of seabirds and fishing activity attracts many birds that follow fishing ships to take advantage of discarded fish.

The tour will be guided by expert seawatching birders and will be joined by some of the starring guests of the festival, like Hadoram Shirihai, who is also a seabird expert. From the ship, fish will be thrown away to lure seabirds, which are able to smell it from large distances. An excellent opportunity for photographers!  Sponsored by Zeiss, who let the visitors prove their equipment.

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THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF BARCELONA, COLLABORATES WITH THE 2015 DBF

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Museu Blau

It is excellent news that an institution with such a long tradition on investigation like the Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona or Museu Blau, collaborates with the DBF. The Museum acts as a special sponsor of the Festival by sponsoring financially the Take Flight guided tours, in which the general public will have the opportunity to start birding on a guided tour around the Tancada lagoon.

 

And what’s more, the Museum collaborates in the dissemination of the activities of the DBF and will provide one of its investigators for a talk. Javier Quesada, renowned investigator of the Museum and scientific consultant of the ICO, will give a talk about his investigation on a fact that has shocked the scientific community: the notorious decrease of a common bird like the House Sparrow.

 

The Museum of Natural Sciences (http://museuciencies.cat/) is not only a museum in which items are exhibited but a renowned investigation and dissemination centre of the Natural Sciences. Its zoological collection, with more than 34.000 items of different species, of which 13.000 are birds, is of great importance to have taxonomic and genetic investigation material at the disposal of the scientific community.

 

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MONEY FUNDS FOR THE NEW ATLAS OF BREEDING BIRDS OF CATALONIA

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Atlas ocellsEach year, the Delta Birding Festival tries to set aside money funds from the entrances of the Festival to a conservation or investigation project. Last year 4.000€ could be set aside to start bird population monitoring in the Alfacada and surroundings. This year, the funds will go to the ICO project that will review the distribution and state of the populations of Catalan birds in its maximum detail: the New Atlas of Breeding Birds of Catalonia.

The ICO is an institution renowned in the international arena for its high technical level in bird monitoring, so in spite of not being a state organization, it has designed the scientific methodology of the Atlas of Breeding Birds of Europe and coordinates a great deal of its fieldwork.

Atlas fieldwork will be undertaken with the cooperation of hundreds of volunteers who will scan the Catalan territory in search of all existing bird species in the 385 10×10 Km squares in which the country is divided. The information from Ornitho collaborators will also be used to build high precision maps, in an attempt to make another reference atlas for these kind of projects, like the previous Catalan bird atlases were.

In spite of the volunteer work, the coordination and dissemination of an atlas has very high costs associated that the funds from the DBF will proudly help to cover.

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HADORAM SHIRIHAI GIVE US AN EXTRA LECTURE!

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Hadoram Shirihai - petrels

The famous Israeli ornithologist, Hadoram Shirihai, will participate at the DBF doing two lectures. The first will show his recent discoveries on oceanic petrels and the second will explain his point of view on the controversial issue about the tawny owl found in Oman versus the one we knew from Israel and the Sinai desert : butleri – omanensis – hadorami who is who?

 

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YOU CAN BUY IN ADVANCE THE 2015 DBF ENTRANCES

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MNDEThey are now available on the web entrances to 2015 Delta Birding Festival!
Remember this festival  sets aside the profit from ticket sales to projects related bird monitoring and conservation works on bird distribution and bird population studies. This year, the project to be supported is the New Atlas of Breeding Birds in Catalonia, that has been launched by the Catalan Ornithological Institute.

Also, you can acquire activities booked in advance:

“Pelagic birds of the Delta”Sunday morning you can join a 15-mile offshore trip to watch seabirds in the Mediterranean. Balearic Shearwater, an endemism from the archipelago, will be an interesting highlight but we also expect to see seagulls, terns, occasional skuas and any surprise the sea has for us.

“A river bird”, Saturday morning will be the time for a boat trip on the Ebro river from the mouth to Gràcia Island in which you’ll have the opportunity to observe many of the Delta birds that thrive by the river and its islands, where anything can turn up in the migration season.

– “A secret paradise in the Delta”, guided tour at Alfacada lagoon, a secret place, accessible only with a special permission and very rich in biodiversity. To end up the tour there will be a practical scientific ringing session. There are three groups foreseen with 25 available places each.

 

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ALL THE BEST BRANDS OF BINOCULARS AND TELESCOPES WILL GATHER IN THE 2015 DBF

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Expositors optica DBf

 

From the deservedly prestigious LEICA , SWAROVSKI and ZEISS , to the most popular and always interesting BUSHNELL, KOWA , NIKON , MINOX , OPTICRON , PENTAX , STEINER and VANGUARD to these of more recent appearance on the most specialized optics shops for ornithologists like KITE and VORTEX .

Don’t miss the opportunity to see, touch and test all models looking at the pink flamingos, the flight of an osprey or differences between sandwich terns and gull-billed terns resting a few meters from the marquees. And in the case of being enticed with a model in particular, take advantage of the best offers during the festival!

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You don’t know how to start birding? You just need tot take flight!

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noticia-emprenelvolThe DBF is not intended only for dedicated birders, also those who have never or almost never gone birding have the opportunity to take a walk with an expert birder to learn how to watch and identify birds.

The Take Flight tours, sponsored by the Museum of Natural Science of Barcelona, consist of a guided tour lasting one hour and a half around the Festival grounds, in the Tancada lagoon. Here you can watch a representative sample of the waterbirds of the Delta, including several species of seagulls, terns, a variety of waders and, of course, the handsome flamingos.

The guides, expert ornithologists of the Catalan Ornithological Institute, will look for birds in the mudflats and will teach how they identify birds. A telescope will be used to see birds up close but it is strongly recommended that you bring your own binoculars as well.

With this first insight you’ll start getting introduced in the secrets of a world that raises a passion in all those who try it.

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AGREEMENT WITH SEO-BirdLife

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imatge_colaboracio_seoThanks to that agreement, SEO-BirdLife, the most important bird organization in Spain, will help in promoting the festival and some new activities in his Riet Vell Nature Reserve will be included in the DBF program.

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THE SECOND EDITION OF THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL HAS ALREADY A DATE

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noticia_2015The second edition of the Delta Birding Festival has already a date. Reserve September 18, 19 and 20 to have fun again!

This year a first class program of activities and presentations with a lot of new stuff is ready for you.

The Delta and its birds are waiting for you! You just can’t miss it! Come to enjoy this unique birding event in Catalonia!

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4.000 € EARMARKED FOR BIRD CONSERVATION AT DELTA!

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DBF_noticia_tancamentDelta Birding Festival has accomplished with the additional aim set by the organizers, and will earmark 4.000€, important amount taking into account that this has been the first Festival Edition, to a birds research and conservation project in Espai Natura Llacuna de l’Alfacada, site managed by Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera.

This project, implemented by Institut Català d’Ornitologia (ICO), will consist of the restoration of a bird monitoring station in Llacuna de l’Alfacada, included in Sylvia program, that had temporarily been suspended for economic reasons. Furthermore, a monitoring of the bird colonization will be done in a 60 Ha site, beside Alfacada, owned by INCASOL, recovered for its birds populations inside LIFE Delta Lagoon Project. In particular, a monitoring of the common red bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), whiterby subspecies, which is almost endemic of the Mediterranean slope of the Iberic Peninsula, and known at Delta as Picampall. It is considered that the population of this bird is declining and we must, therefore, favour its habitat preferences.

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Delta Birding Festival, a participation success

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exit_600Close to a thousand people have visited the last September weekend, Delta Birding Festival, the first International ornithology festival celebrated in MónNatura Delta de l’Ebre facilities. During the three days of the festival (26, 27 and 28 September), visitors enjoyed of a very varied proposal that combined conferences and presentations, some in the care of internationally renowned ornithologists, such as Kiliian Mullarney who gathered more than 200 people.

Delta Birding Festival came together with a great trade show with products and services for nature lovers, such as specialized books, Optical material and equipment for nature photographers and naturalistic travelers. About 30 exhibitors showed their proposals and last novelties, with the presence of all optics market-leading trades.

Have a look at what some participating birders think about it:

http://www.tonillobet.com/uncategorized/moltissimes-i-llarguissimes-gracies-al-delta-birding-festival/
http://www.birdbrothers.blogspot.com.es/
http://pito-real.blogspot.com.es/2014/09/y-asi-fue-el-delta-birding-festival.html
http://rarebirdspain.blogspot.com/2014/10/delta-rare-birding-festival.html

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HOW TO SEE WILDLIFE WHEN AWAY!

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noticia_alfredThe trail cameras have given an extraordinary amount of new information about wildlife: distribution, habitat use, unexpected behaviour, feeding and many more things that would be very difficult to observe.
On Friday and Saturady you can assist at a free trail camera course.
Proudly sponsored by BUSHNELL

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DO YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO TAKE PICTURES OF BIRDS VERY CLOSE?

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noticia_digiscopingOn Friday and Saturday you can assist at a Digiscoping course. Marcos Lacasa (Photodigiscoping.com) is an experienced digiscoper and his lecture will help you to start with photography technique.
Proudly sponsored by SWAROVSKI

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TO HAVE GREAT VIEWS OF THE BIRDS IT IS NECESSARY HAVE THE BINOCULARS IN PERFECT CONDITIONS

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noticia_reparacio_prismaticsDuring the three days of the festival the repair service of ORYX you clean and will adjust the binoculars for free. And if you need a small repair, whenever it can be done immediately, will apply a special price of as only 25 €!
It is worthwhile to take advantage of and do a checking to our binoculars!

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE YOUR FAVOURITE FIELD GUIDE SGNED BY HIS AUTHOR?

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noticia_firmaNo only in Killian Mullarney will be available to sign his famous Collins Bird Guide, eight different authors will spend a while on the Saturday to sign his books. Take a look to the schedule:
11.00 to 12 pm: Andoni Canela and José Luís Gallego.
12.00 to 13.00: Magnus Robb and Marcos Lacasa.
16.00 to 17.00: Bob Flood and Antoni Margalida.
17.00 to 18.00: Killian Mullarney and Toni Llobet.
Saturday, at ORYX marquee, you will find copies of all the books of these authors, but do not doubt to bring yours, they also will sign them to you gladly!

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TAKE PART IN THE FESTIVAL DRAWS

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noticia_sortejosComing to Delta Birding Festival you will be eligible for prizes and enjoy with interesting discounts. In addition, you can participate in the draw of a camera trapping valued at 400€, drawn by Bushnell and 3 binoculars ED LAND, 500€ each, drawn by Zeiss. Find out information at their respective stands.
Moreover, do not forget to participate in the Race Ornitho Swarosvski Optik, a fabulous high-end telescope and tripod worth neither more nor less than 4,500€, is waiting for you! If you are not an Ornitho user, register at www.ornitho.cat and start preparing for the race!

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FISHING AND TRADITION ARE ALSO PRESENT AT THE FESTIVAL. A FESTIVAL FOR ALL THE FAMILY

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noticia_pesca_tradicioMónNatura Delta is located next to the Tancada lagoon, one of the lagoons where traditional fishing is allowed. This is the reason why many activities are organized around this theme during the Festival. These activities makes the festival suitable for all ages and while the adults walk and enjoy with the latest news, children can enjoy with lots of activities prepared for them.

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DELTA LIFE LAGOON, A PROJECT? NO, A REALITY

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noticia_delta_lagoonThis festival takes place in MónNatura Delta, a facility located on the old saltpans of Sant Antoni. These saltpans have been restored for four years thanks to a LIFE project, the DELTA LIFE LAGOON. This year we can say that this project is a reality and the old saltpans are now again a place plenty of birds. If you want to know more details of the project do not miss the conference that Carlos Ibáñez will do in the festival.

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BIG RAPTORS WILL ALSO FLY OVER THE DELTA

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noticia_rapinyairesThe Ebro Delta hosts a lot of migrating birds every year but, certainly, mountain raptors are scarce to watch. This is not going to be the case in the Delta Birding Festival, at least in images, because three talks will deal with the most interesting features of birds like the Lammergeier (Sat, 10h; Antoni Margalida), the raptors of Mediterranean ecosystems of Extremadura (Sat, 10:30h; Vanessa Palacios) and forest birds of prey, such as the Goshawk and the Sparrowhawk (Sat, 19h; Santi Mañosa).
Don’t miss it and watch birds of prey in the Ebro Delta too.

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L’ALFACADA, A SECRET PLACE TO DISCOVER

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noticia_alfacadaThis lagoon is one of the less known of the Delta because is a restricted-area. Now, the Foundation is adapting routes and hides to visit it in a controlled way. During the Festival, special tours are organized to discover this jewel of the Delta. Only 75 people will be able to enjoy it! If you are not one of these people, and you are interested in the tour, ask for information at MónNatura Delta.

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A VERY TASTY FESTIVAL!

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noticia_plat_gustDuring the festival, you will not only enjoy with the top brand optical or enjoy with the activities we have prepared to you, you will be able to taste the typical dishes of the delta cuisine! Saturday and Sunday, the most representative Amposta and Sant Carles de la Rapita’s cuisines we will offer an assortment of dishes or “picadetes” with also a taste of wines (DO Terra Alta) to make you feel the Delta by all the senses! You can get your ticket at the same place.

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PLAN YOUR VISIT AND DO NOT MISS NOTHING THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED

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noticia_planificaCheck the grid activities, now we have already closed and confirmed the timetable! Do not miss what you would like to hear, feel or participate. Some speakers or some last-minute schedule adjustments that this was not confirmed before. Now you have it, are you going to miss it?

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ALL SIGHTS WILL BE AT THE DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

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noticia_marquesFor the first time in Spain almost all the optics brands will display his products and will offer to the visitors of the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL the option to know, see, check and compare all the binoculars and telescopes . And also you will find and will be able to see how work the adapters for Digiscoping for each model of telescope.
And what’s more, also you will find cameras and objectives for wildlife photography of Nikon, Sigma and Tamron!

Take advantage of the offers, discounts and gifts that will find to the DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL!

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WE LOVE BEGINNERS!

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noticia_principiantsThe Delta Birding Festival will also be a meeting place for people with little or no experience in bird identification in the field. No problem! We want you to feel as comfortable as an expert ornithologist.
The ICO will host three free guided walks an hour and a half long around the grounds MónNatura Delta, in which the basics of bird identification will be taught, making this a taste of what it is to observe birds and why we love it some much. The place, a closed lagoon, saltpans and beach are excellent places to start learning how to identify waterbirds.
These trips are free, are limited to 15 people and have priority those who have bought the ticket in advance on the website and have registered in the ICO website in this link www.ornitologia.org/formació It is necessary to indicate the reference number that appears on the receipt as proof of purchase.
In short, if you are a beginner and want an expert ornithologist help you get started…This is your chance!

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Ornitho data skyrocket!

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September 1st saw the start of the race Cursa Ornitho Swarovski Optik and a comparison of data entry into Ornitho from the same period last year shows that the number of observations increases significantly. In addition, the entry of Daily Forms shows an even more spectacular increase.
The number of sightings for the same week has increased more than 30%, indicating that there is much more activity.
But it is more spectacular the 61% increase of observers filling in Daily Forms and even more the absolute number of Forms, that skyrocket to a 92% rise. Almost double!
Could we call this “The Race Effect”? Surely we could and it also indicates that competition is gonna be tough and that you guys must not slow down to have maximum chances to win the prize.
So, have you filled in your Daily Form today?

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DO YOU NEED ONE MORE REASON TO COME TO DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL?

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noticia_5In addition t famous lecturers, a very complete offer on optics, books and birdcare, the opportunity of meetings the travel agencies and wild photo services, if you come to the Delta Birding Festival you will have the option of winning a Swarovski telescope, the new HBW and BirdLife Checklist, a Bushnell trail camera or one of the three Zeiss TERRA that Excopesa will giver to one of those who send a bird photo to their new birding website!

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DO YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN A HARDCORE BIRD ID CONTEST?

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noticia_lynxThe ornithologists of the Catalan Institute of Ornithology staff are using their best skills to prepare the images for the LYNX ID Challenge. And why LYNX EDITIONS sponsors it? because it will be necessary to have the eyes and the ears of linx to win the contest and because the first prize will be the best gift for any passioned of the birds of the world, the HBW AND BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL ILLUSTRATED CHECKLIST OF THE BIRDS OF THE WORLD!

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THE FIRST PELAGIC TRIP IS FULLY BOOKED!

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noticia_sortida_vaixellTICKETS FOR A SECOND SHIP ARE AVAILABLE FROM NOW ON!
Considering the high interest on that pelagic trip the organisers have managed to ship a second boat just 10 minuts later from the same place. More boats, more options to have good sightings! Don’t miss it!

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DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL PRESENT AT BIRDFAIR 2014

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noticia_birdfairDelta Birding Festival will be present at the Birdfair, the most important birdwatching fair that will take place from 15yh to 17th August at  Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Rutland, England. Delta Birding Festival will be introduced on Sunday 17th August at 3 o’clock in room number 3. If you are part of the lucky ones who will be visiting Bidfair 2014, don’t miss Delta Biding Festival introduction!

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE AMAZING PROCESS OF DRAWING A BIRD IN FULL DETAIL BY AN ARTIST?

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noticia_dibuixOn Sunday, at 11 am, you will be able to see it live at the open session of digital naturalist drawing that will do Toni Llobet, one of our most famous ilustrators for the perfection of his technic, author of the drawings of many publications highlighting among them the Handbook of the Mammals of the World!

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ZEISS GETS SIGHTS ON POLE POSITION

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noticia4_nou_prismatic_zeiss_contingutCould the new ZEISS VICTORY SF be the best binocular on the market? Come to the Delta Birding Festival to check them looking at herons, waders, gulls and terns of Les Salines de La Tancada and if you participate at the pelagic trip, sponsored by Zeiss, you may try again with shearwaters and gannets!

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WHICH IS THE BEST APPROACH TO IDENTIFY BIRDS?

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killian_mullarneySaturday at 1 pm Killian Mullarney will give us his point of view, that of the author of part of the drawings of the best guide for identification of birds that has ever been published, the famous Collins Bird Guide. Don’t miss his explanations of how was the production of this guide and his considerations on the advantages and disadvantages with those that recently have been published with photographies instead of illustrations.

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CURSA ORNITHO SWAROVSKI OPTIK

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cursa_ornitho_swarowskiWin a fabulous fieldscope and tripod of 4.500 € doing complete lists for ornitho.cat and visiting the festival. You don’t need to be an expert birdwatcher, you only have to introduce your regular birdwatching lists in order to contribute to a better knowledge about our birds and their conservation.

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PELAGIC BOAT TRIP TO WATCH SHEARWATERS AND OTHER SEABIRDS.

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Sunday 28, you will be able to enjoy a boat trip on the catamaran Xatrac owned by the company Creuers del Delta. There are 50 seats available to those willing to participate in this special trip.
 
In addition, great experts on seabird watching will join us, including Robert Flood and Ashley Fisher, from Scilly Pelagics.

 
 

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