Danube Delta and Dobrudja Autumn Birding tour was created to enjoy bird migration along the west coast of Black Sea in the end of August and the first days of September. We had a great trip again and had seen so many great birds right from the start until the last day.
Young Red-necked Phalarope. We have seen a total of 59 individuals during the week (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
We have encountered 186 bird species on this a week long tour with highlights like Dalmatian and White Pelicans, 200+ Ruddy Shellduck, Greater Flamingo (rarity in the country), Little Bittern catching 3 frog in a row in front of our boat, Levant Sparrowhawk, Saker Falcon, Red-footed Falcon, Lesser Spotted Eagle, 12 Little Crake in one lake, Stone Curlew, Broad-billed Sandpipers, Collared Pratincole, Arctic Skua, a total of 176 Pallas`s Gull, Citrine Wagtail, Isabelline and Pied Wheatear, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Paddyfield Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Red-breasted and Collared Flycatcher and finished the tour with 28 Eurasian Dotterel on the last day.
Next I would like to share a nice selection of images taken on this tour:
We had seen lots of Red-breasted Flycatchers during the week (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
The only Collared Flycatcher seen on this tour (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Young Red-backed Shrike with a wasp. The commonest migrant passerine in Dobrudja. (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Three Lesser Grey Shrikes and a Hoopoe (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Isabelline Wheatear in fresh autumn plumage. We could find even Pied Wheatears in the same place. (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Tawny Pipit (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Coastal shallow lagoons had fantastic birdlife (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Black-winged Stilts and Spotted Redshanks (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Greater Flamingos were rarities for the country (Photo: Joanna Charlotte Hay)
Hundreds of Mediterranean Gulls migrate through Romania in Autumn and feeds on the arrable fields (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Evening roost site for 128 Pallas`s Gulls (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
End of August is still a good time to find Paddyfield Warbler (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Young Levant Sparrowhawk on migration (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Adult Hobby in the Danube Delta. (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Adult White-tailed Eagle and a Hobby (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Cattle crossing a chanel in the Danube Delta (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Ferruginous Ducks (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
This joung Little Bittern caught 3 frogs within 10 minutes in front of us (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Frog for dinner (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
We have seen 12 Little Crakes in a nice afternoon (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Great Sooty Satyr butterfly (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Also the sheer number of shorebirds and terns in the Danube Delta was astonishing!
Resting shorebirds from the Sachalin Bay. Dunlins, Curlew Sandpipers and a Broad-billed Sandpiper in the middle. (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Dunlin, Broad-billed and Curlew Sandpiper (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Wading group at Sachalin:)
At Sachalin we have found an interesting 2nd summer Tern. A new entry was made earlier just for this observation. (Photo: Tiganov Romica)
Young White-winged Black Tern (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Thanks for joing to this trip, detailed trip report will follow soon but until then the next tour date is online: 25 August to 1 September. Worth to try indeed!