Last week of August and first half of September is an excellent period to follow bird migration along the west coast of Black Sea in Romania. Our tours in 2017 were fantastic again and we have seen within two week time 201 bird species which is a great number in Autumn in Europe without high altitude birding!
Highlights of this two weeks were 1000+ Ferruginous Duck, Yelkouan Shearwater, White and Dalmatian Pelicans (while White Pelicans migrate to Africa Dalmatians stays or just migrate short distances if the winter is very frosty), Little Bittern, 46 Montagu`s Harrier, 81 Honey Buzzard but those in eye level in a strong wind were superb sighting, Levant Sparrowhawks, Red-footed Falcons, Saker Falcon, 9 Little Crake, 3000+ Avocet, Stone Curlew, Collared Pratincole, 21 Dotterel, 2 Pacific Golden Plover (rarities), 40 Broad-billed Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, 13 Red-necked Phalarope, 42 Pallas`s Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 70+ Caspian Tern, 60+ Gull-billed Tern, Long-eared Owls in the Hotel garden, hundreds of European Bee-eaters moving south every day, Black Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Thrush Nightingale, River and Savi`s Warbler, Pied Wheatear, 3 Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush, Moustached Warber, Paddyfield Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, loads of Shrikes on migration including Red-backed (the most numerous), Lesser Grey and 1 Woodchat Shrike, Golden Orioles, Spanish Sparrow, Hawfinch and those thirty Ortolan Buntings were great sighting too.
A long list of highlights indeed but to prove and share our memories in the field here is a good selection of pictures taken by our guides.
Our next year tour date is already online:
Broad-billed Sandpiper (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Juvenile Red-necked Phalaropes. Autumn is a much better season to see this beauty along the Black Sea (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Red-necked Phalaropes taking off (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Marsh Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Arctic Skua chasing a Sandwich Tern in front of our group (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Arctic Skua chasing a Sandwich Tern (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Scandinavian Caspian Terns migrate through Danube Delta in good numbers. Quiet a few had metal and/or color ring on the legs like this adult bird had (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
A smart Little Gull feeding close to the shoreline (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Thousands of Mediterranean Gulls were feeding on the coastal arable fileds (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Caspian Gull is the commonest large size gull in the Danube Delta area (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
European Bee-eater was amongst the commonest migrants. Their contact call filled the air every day (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Young Red-footed Falcon (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Male Montagu`s Harrier. End of August early September migrate through Dobrudja steppes in good numbers (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Young Honey Buzzard. This species were seen also in good numbers in September (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Hobby from the Danube Delta where is abundant yet (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Adult White-tailed Eagle from its favorite perch (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Young White-winged Black Tern (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Young Black Tern following our boat (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Young Whiskered Tern. All the three
Marsh Terns were visible in good numbers and some adults had breeding plumage too (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Paddyfield Warbler, a local breeder of the Delta`s salt marshes (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
Map Butterfly with a Large Copper (Photo: John Manners)
Balkan Wall Lizard – Podarcis tauricus (Photo: John Manners)
Squacco Heron with a frog posing to our group (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
We did not missed the Little Crakes neither (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)
See you next year!