In June the birdlife in the central part of Danube Delta become visibly more vibrant than in May and mainly because of the food availability and breeding/feeding time. The water level continuously dropped therefore food were more easy to find and in a meantime many lakes had dense floating vegetation cover with Water Lily, Water Chestnut and from this carpet Squacco Herons, Night Herons, Little Egrets, Purple Herons, Glossy Ibises loved to hunt. It looked like beside the fishes and frogs, the larva of Great Silver Water Beetle was important source of food as well.
Due to the shallower water and more available food White Pelicans become daily attraction when feeding together with Great and Pygmy Cormorants but Dalmatian Pelicans were a bit shyer and less approachable than in May.
In the beginning of June, Black-necked and Red-necked Grebes chicks hatched and leaved the nest but remained near the breeding site and often stayed on parents back. Very cute and `family centered` birds everybody liked the time we spent to photograph it.
From mid June the wheatear started to be hot and several time we had nice foggy morning conditions for photography.
In the second half of June we experienced in a bigger lake a huge concentration of waterbirds while feeding on first year fishes but not only. In this lake we had fantastic mornings with at least 200 Squacco Herons, 500 White Pelicans, many Night Herons, Little Egrets, Glossy Ibises, Black-headed Gulls, Whiskered Terns, Common Terns, Dalmatian Pelicans. It was definitely the main highlight in the Delta, in June!
From the middle of the month migrants start to appear and amongst first we saw Green Sandpipers, Common Sandpipers, Black-tailed Goodwits and nice breeding plumage Spotted Redshanks.
In Macin drinking hide we had several good moments with Sombre Tit, Turtle Dove, Syrian Woodpecker, Red-backed Shrike, Nightingale, Hawfinch, Ortolan Bunting, Jay in front while around the hills we had chance to capture 5 lark species (Sky-, Crested-, Wood-, Greater Short-toed and Calandra Lark), Roller, Cockoo and Red-rumped Swallows while gathered mud for nest. Several occasions, when we had rain here leaved this place a day earlier and spent longer time in the coastal wetlands.
In the Black Sea coast Collared Pratincoles and Bee-eaters were the best voted photo subjects but we always tried the Pied Wheatears and other farmland birds like Black-headed Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, Spanish Sparrow, Greater Short-toed Lark, Calandra Lark. Shallow saline lakes hold many species in this time where we often seen flocks of White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Great Black-headed Gulls, Black-tailed Goodwits, 200+Marsh Sandpipers, at least 200 Spotted Redshank, 300 Ruffs, many Avocets and Black-winged Stilts, Little Terns, Kentish Plovers and on 30th of June the first Broad-billed Sandpapers appeared too. Autumn migration already started for many adult birds.
We had chance to photograph Isabelline Wheatears with freshly fledged youngsters. This species specialized to breed in Souslik holes. Photographing Sousliks near the colony site was always a fun too.
In June tours we had chance to capture breeding birds, youngs with parents and from the second half of the month many migrants as well.
All in all it was a fantastic second photo season and a big thank you to everyone who made it possible to run all these tours in this superb place.