Danube Delta Bird Photography Season in 2016

The Danube Delta is an amazing destination in Europe to photograph nature and birds. This place undoubtly has one of the richest wildlife in the whole region and Spring is one of the best times to capture this spectacle.

Sakertours is now offering 3 different kinds of photo tours in the Danube Delta for photographers.

The  so-called classic  Danube Delta and Dobrudja Tour is the most popular and covering a bigger area in order to find a greater selection of photographable species.  During such a trip you can easily photograph more than 70 species! Hides used on these tours are the special photo boat; two different drinking hides with photo glass; a special rock hide and pop-up hides/blindes.

The `newborn` Danube Delta Special photo tour is focusing only to the lakes and marshes of the Danube Delta at the end of June and July when huge numbers of Egrets, Herons and some migrants are great photo subjects. This is a great tour if you like to work longer with a preffered subjects or special lights, effects. We are using the special photo boat throughout the week.

The 3rd tour is the `Ultima Frontiera Photo Tour` to a remote part of the Danube Delta. We have this tour only once in a season, in the last week of May. This is a place where you can photograph Golden Jackals and different birds from fixed hides.

Next I would like to share with you the best moments from the past season.

purple-heron Purple Herons were great photo subjects throughout the season (Photo: Bastien Juiff)

Purple Heron Purple Heron (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

_dsc9552-0 Purple Heron hunting in the open (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

wild_cat_ZGN Some lucky guests had chance to photograph Wild Cat in two occasion during the season (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Wild Cat by ZGN Wild Cat in the Danube Delta (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Fishing Pelicans We had great moments every week with group of fishing White Pelicans.  (Photo: Raimund Brandstatter)

white-pelican2-bz Fishing White Pelicans (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

White Pelican White Pelican just meters far from the photo boat (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

white-pelicans3-bz Group of fishing White Pelicans just meters far from our photo boat (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Morning photography with White Pelicans (Filmed by Zoltán Baczó)

Dalmatian Pelican Fishing Dalmatian Pelican (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Dalmatian Pelican Dalmatian Pelican often use different catching method than White Pelicans (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Sunrise Sunrise with Pelicans (Photo: Raimund Brandstatter)

Pelican siesta Pelican siesta (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Pelicans in the rain White Pelicans in the summer rain (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Squacco Heron  Squacco Herons are amongst our favorite photo subjects (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Squacco Heron Pike for dinner (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

squacco-heron Squacco Heron (Photo: Bastien Juiff)

squacco heron Squacco Heron with a Red Darter (Photo: Raimund Brandstatter)

Sunset DD Sunset over the Delta (Photo: Raimund Brandstatter)

red-necked-grebe Red-necked Grebe with a chick (Photo: Greald Reiner)

red-necked grebe A displaying pair of Red-necked Grebe (Photo: Marcel Burkhardt)

glossy ibis Glossy Ibis (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Glossy Ibis Glossy Ibis (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

night_heron_frog_marcel-burkhardt Night Heron with it`s commonest prey, a frog (Photo: Marcel Burkhardt)

night heron Adult Night Heron in a sunset light (Photo: Raimund Brandstatter)

hooded-crow-500px_saker Hooded Crow with a freshwater snail (Photo: Klaus Schwind)

kingfisher-2-500px_saker Kingfisher with a prey (Photo: Klaus Schwind)

Great Crested Grebe Great Crested Grebe family on a red carpet lake (Photo: Raimund Brandstatter)

black-necked-grebe-bz Black-necked Grebe (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

whiskered tern Whiskered Tern with nest material (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Common Tern Common Tern food pass (Photo: Raimund Brandstatter)

penduline tit Penduline Tit (Photo: Raimund Brandstatter)

rumanien_2016 All those pictures seen above were taken from this special photo boat (Photo: Marcel Burkhardt)

great-white-egret …and even this Great White Egret (Photo: Gerald Reiner)


Măcin Mountains National Park is another place where photo guests usually spend 2 full days with bird photography.

rufus-tailed-rock-trush The main highlight of this region is the Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

Rock Thrush in this picture you can see the nice orange coloured tail as well (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Macin Morning view from the Rock Thrush hide (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

photographers …and the Rock Thrush rock hide itself (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

wood lark Wood Lark from the same place (Photo: Marcel Burkhardt)

ortolan Singing Ortolan Bunting from the same place (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

In this area we also operate two drinking hides. Last season was unusually wet with torrential rains hitting the Mountain almost every week in May but also in June therefore the hides vere much slower though Turtle Dove, Red-backed Shrike, Corn Bunting, Hawfinch, Barred Warbler, Syrian Woodpecker were seen and photographed.

Barred Warbler Male Barred Warbler come to drink (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

turtle-dove Turtle Dove (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

hawfinch Hawfinch (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

corn-bunting Corn Bunting having a bath (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

red-backed-shrike Male Red-backed Shrike (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

roe-deer Roe Deer from the hide (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

bee-eater Macin was a great place to photograph Bee-eaters and Rollers in a colony site (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

Coastal Danube Delta is an amazingly rich place in birds. Here we mainly stalk birds with the car or use camouflage nets or blindes depend on the situations.

collared-pratincole Collared Pratincole is the number one photo target in the coastal Danube Delta area. (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

_dsc2692-2 Collared Pratincole (Photo: Zoltan Gergely Nagy)

Collared pratincole Collared Pratincole in flight (Photo: Marcel Burkhardt)

Stone Curlew Stone Curlew (Photo: Sándor Borza)

paddyfield warbler Singing Paddyfield Warbler (Photo: Sándor Borza)

spanish sparrow Spanish Sparrow with nest material (Photo: Sándor Borza)

calandra-lark Calandra Lark (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

pied weathear Male Pied Wheatear (Photo: Marcel Burkhardt)

Black-headed Bunting Male Black-headed Bunting (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

yellow-wagtail Black-headed Yellow Wagtail (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

_dsc4019-0 Marshes in the coastal area were great for Bearded Tits (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

avocet Feeding Avocet (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

souslik Souslik or Ground Squirrel (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

Mole-rat Highlight of the coastal area was a Lesser Blind Mole-rat (Spalax leucodon) found in daytime while crossing a sand road. (Photo: Barbara Trösch)

cuckoo-klaus-schwind Cuckoo in flight (Photo: Klaus Schwind)

cuckoo3 Cuckoo in flight (Photo: Gerald Reiner)

Golden Jackal Golden Jackal chasing Magpies and Crows away from the food (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Golden Jackal An angry Golden Jackal from the Delta (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

Golden Jackal Golden Jackal is a spacial photo target during the Ultima Frontiera Photo Tour (Photo: Zoltán Gergely Nagy)

We have finished a very prodactive season with lots of special and unforgettable moments.

Thank you for choosing Sakertours for your wildlife holiday.


Best wishes,

Sakertour team







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