Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Podiceps auritus at Els Alfacs bay, S Ebre Delta

Podiceps auritus. Els Alfacs, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, 1.1.2011 (© Ricard Gutiérrez)

On 1.1.2011 the two Slavonian Grebes (Podiceps auritus) recorded in December 2010 were still present in the inner part of the Trabucador sandbar, within the Alfacs bay, Delta de l'Ebre (Josep Tantull, Roser Solé; Ricard Gutiérrez, Helena Arbonés). Both birds were seen at variable distances from the coast and were foraging on small fishes. The exact location was the place where the 'new' wooden poles begin, about 1-2 km from the Punta de la Banya entrance.

The Slavonian Grebe is a former rarity in Spain (because of its regular presence in some parts of the Atlantic coast it was withdrawn from the national rarities list) but it is still considered rare in Catalonia where it's however almost annual. The best places to see them are the Ebre delta followed by the other two major wetlands, the Aiguamolls de l'Empordà - Roses bay area and the Llobregat delta. More information in the SIOC website.

Ricard Gutiérrez
Rare Birds in Spain

Resum. Cabussons orelluts a la badia dels Alfacs. L'1.1.2011, els dos cabussons orelluts vistos durant el desembre de 2010 al delta de l'Ebre restaven encara a la badia dels Alfacs, prop la Punta de la Banya, al delta de l'Ebre. Malgrat aquesta espècie és rara a Catalunya, el delta de l'Ebre és potser el lloc on és més fàcil o regular observar-la.

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