Danube Delta and Dobrudja Autum Tour in 2016

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.

red-necked phalarope 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:

redbreasted-flycatcher We had seen lots of Red-breasted Flycatchers during the week (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

collared flycatcher The only Collared Flycatcher seen on this tour (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

red-backed shrike Young Red-backed Shrike with a wasp. The commonest migrant passerine in Dobrudja. (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

migration Three Lesser Grey Shrikes and a Hoopoe (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

_mg_7777 Isabelline Wheatear in fresh autumn plumage. We could find even Pied Wheatears in the same place. (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

tawny pipit Tawny Pipit (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

habitat Coastal shallow lagoons had fantastic birdlife (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Black-winged Stilt Black-winged Stilts and Spotted Redshanks (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

greater flamingo Greater Flamingos were rarities for the country (Photo: Joanna Charlotte Hay)

med gulls Hundreds of Mediterranean Gulls migrate through Romania in Autumn and feeds on the arrable fields (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

pallas gull Evening roost site for 128 Pallas`s Gulls (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

paddyfield warbler End of August is still a good time to find Paddyfield Warbler (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

levant-sparrowhawk Young Levant Sparrowhawk on migration (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Hobby Adult Hobby in the Danube Delta. (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

WTE Adult White-tailed Eagle and a Hobby (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Danube Delta Cattle crossing a chanel in  the Danube Delta (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

ferruginous duck Ferruginous Ducks (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Little Bittern This joung Little Bittern caught 3 frogs within 10 minutes in front of us (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

little-bittern Frog for dinner (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

little-crake We have seen 12 Little Crakes in a nice afternoon (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

_mg_8447  Great Sooty Satyr butterfly (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Also the sheer number of shorebirds and terns in the Danube Delta was astonishing!

shorebirds Resting shorebirds from the Sachalin Bay. Dunlins, Curlew Sandpipers and a Broad-billed Sandpiper in the middle. (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

_mg_8493 Dunlin, Broad-billed and Curlew Sandpiper (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

group Wading group at Sachalin:)

sterna-sp At Sachalin we have found an interesting 2nd summer Tern. A new entry was made earlier just for this observation. (Photo: Tiganov Romica)

whitewinged-black-tern 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!



Sakertour team




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