On the second day with Dani and Marta we go down to the Ebro Delta and spend the morning walking around La Tancada, a lagoon that hosts thousands of flamingoes. As it couldn´t be any other way, in the afternoon we have another delicious and copious lunch at the nearby town of Les Cases d´Alcanar. I strongly recommend restaurant Casa Ramon (http://casaramonlescases.com) if you are nearby and like fish and traditional rice dishes. A long walk along the promenade after lunch helps us with the digestion and to continue chatting about everything and anything. The weekend is a blast.
I think the affair with the Ebro Delta has been a matter of love at first sight. Both Christian and myself loooove the place and spend the next 3 or so days here. The 320 square kilometre plain is one of the main wetlands in the western Mediterranean and one of the main birdwatching areas in Europe. The colony of flamingos is impressive. There are so many and they are so beautiful, with their pale pink beaks, their pink feathers and long legs and necks. We watch them eating, sleeping, flying, in the morning, in the evening, alone or in big quantities.
Christian gets so inspired that he spends hours taking abstract photos of flamingos.
There are also all other sorts of birds here, from grey herons, egrets to ducks and many others, both indigenous and migratory, but I am no expert. Even so I am thoroughly impressed by the clouds of starlings making the most amazing shapes in the sky.
Aside from birds, we enjoy the magnificent sunsets and sunrises that paint the plains and the quiet water in a whole range of beautiful warm colours. One could get used to the pink of the sky or the blue of the water.
And of course the rice fields, even if most of them are empty during the winter, we still find some flooded ones and some with some green rice plants adorning the landscape.
We also explore a desert like landscape at Punta del Fangar, that was the location for U2’s video song Vertigo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwhHXSFxDfo). Impressive to see the results after being in this place, which is by the way very fragile and probably on its way to disappearance. This is because it takes its body from the sediments that the river brings all alongs and these get less and less every day.