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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.

Author: Ricard Losarcos