Before start reading you should know this is a very special photo tour to a very special place of Europe! The last season was fantastic again with a growing list of photographable species! This tour has maximum 4 photographers and it is really a great experience. Next we would like to share the best moments from the last season.
Last year favorites inside the delta itself for many guests were Black-necked Grebe, Red-necked Grebe and Great Crested Grebe families, hunting Squacco Heron, Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Kingfisher family, Bearded Tit, Penduline Tit, Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Common Tern, Pygmy Cormorant, Dalmatian Pelicans and groups of fishing White Pelicans. Grebes were the all time favorites for many photographers inside the Delta but watching and following fishing White Pelicans and listening the Edible frog`s concert were just unforgettable.
A pair of Great Crested Grebe (Photo: Joan Roca)
Red-necked Grebe could eat even a Crayfish! (Photo:Steve Robinson)
Red-necked Grebe with joung (Photo: Julia Wainwright)
Red-necked Grebe (Photo:Kathleen Everitt)
Black-necked Grebe family (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
Danube Delta lake with floating vegetation (Photo: Joan Roca)
Photo Boat Hide inside the Delta (Photo: Mike Lane)
Male Bearded Tit (Photo: Patrick Gallet)
Young Bearded Tit (Photo: Jean Louis Berrard)
Fishing White Pelicans (Photo: Jean-Francois Conte)
Dalmatian Pelican (Photo: Moritz Braun)
Relaxing Dalmatian Pelicans (Photo: Jean-Francois Conte)
Food passing (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Squacco Heron (Photo: Moritz Braun)
Purple Heron (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
Purple Heron in the magic sunset light (Photo: Jean Loius Berrard)
Little Bittern (Photo: Jean Louis Berrard)
Glossy Ibis (Photo: Patrick Gallet)
Black Tern in flight (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Common Tern (Photo: Moritz Braun)
White Pelican with Great and Pygmy Cormorant side by side (Photo: Jean-Francois Conte)
White Pelicans (Photo: Jean Loius Berrard)
The other base for this tour is in the Macin Mountains National Park. We have two drinking pools here with regular visitors such as Barred Warbler, Turtle Dove, Red-backed Shrike, Sombre Tit and Ortolan Bunting. This year we had scarce birds as well like Honey Buzzard, Wood Lark, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Woodchat Shrike and Golden Oriole. From our special hide a pair of Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush was performing well throughout the season. Another favorite subject was the Isabelline Weathears while the parents were feeding their youngsters in front of the breeding hole. These Weathers live together with Sousliks (Ground Squirrel) so we often had the two subjects side by side. Wonderful experience! Other highlights in this area were Rollers, Little Owls and Hoopoes.
Barred Warbler (Photo: Erik Hanson)
Honey Buzzard (Photo: Joan Roca)
Kissing Turtle Doves (Photo: Pedro Curonisy)
Male Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Photo: Kathleen Everitt)
Female Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Photo: Moritz Braun)
Isabelline Wheatear family (Photo: Joan Roca)
Souslik or Ground Squirel (Photo: Joan Buixareu)
Macin NP is a great place for Butterfly Photography. Large Copper in focus. (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
In the coastal area of Black Sea (on our first or last day of the tour – depending on the tour schedule) we were focusing on the Collared Pratincoles, Bee-eaters, Stone Curlew, shorebirds and other steppe species. During May and already in early June migrant shorebirs, like Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Avocet or even Broad-billed Sandpiper were great subjects for our photographers.
Collared Pratincole (Photo: George Reekie)
Collared Pratincoles chasing Red Fox away from the breeding grounds (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Curlew Sandpiper (Photo: Moritz Braun
Curlew Sandpiper in full breeding plumage (Photo: Mike Lane)
Broad-billed Sandpiper (Photo: Mike Lane)
White Pelicans are frequent in the coastal area too (Photo: Joan Buixareu)
Stone Curlew (Photo: Kathleen Everit)
Spanish Sparrow (Photo: Moritz Braun)
A yummy Bee for breakfast (Photo: Moritz Braun)
Kissing Bee-eaters (Photo: Conor Molloy)
Our `Ultimate Danube Delta Tour` was great with almost daily meetings with Golden Jackals and White-tailed Eagles. Also had nice time with Bee-eaters, White Pelicans, Purple Herons, Pygmy Cormorants, Little Owls, Collared Pratincoles and Pallas`s Gulls.
White-tailed Eagles (Photo: Paul Fisher)
Golden Jackal (Photo: Paul Fisher)
Pallas`s Gulls successfully bred in the Danube Delta in 2015 (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)
We hope to have an equally action-packed season in 2016 as well!
See you next year!