Autumn birding in the Danube Delta and along west coast of Black Sea in 2018

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The Danube Delta and coastal Dobrudja is a great place for birding at any time of the year. In this new post I am focusing on autumn migration in this region because is one of the most spectacular event. Migratory birds from North following the coast of Black Sea while heading to the wintering areas. In a good day you can watch thousands of birds from smaller passerines to bigger raptors. A bird checklist in this time of the year could reach up to 180 species or more within one week!

Year 2018 wasn`t an exception and we had seen many interesting species during our tours here. Highlights of the past autumn season were Dalmatian and White Pelicans, Little Bitterns, Imperial Eagle, Levant Sparrowhawk, Saker Falcon, Little Crakes, Black-winged and Collared Pratincoles, Broad-billed Sandpipers, Red-necked Phalaropes, no less than 135 Pallas`s Gulls in one place, Thrush Nightingale, Pied Wheatear, Paddyfield Warbler, Masked Shrike (1st for the country) and a very obliging Wild Cat.

Next I would like to share a selection of images taken on these occasions:

The best shighting in this Autumn was this first winter Masked Shrike found at Sfantu Gheorghe on 7th September. 1st for the country if accepted by the RRC (Photo: Mike Crewe)

Juvenile Red-backed Shrike. This species do migrate through the area in high numbers. Great to see so many individuals all over the area (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Hoopoe, a common breeding species of the area but migrate early in August/September to Africa and back again for breeding already in mid March (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

This Thrush Nightingale was very obliging and allowed us great photographic opportunities (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Paddyfield Warbler, an other local specialty which can be seen in the area until early Autumn (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Yellow Wagtail on migration (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Purple Herons usually migrate in flocks during Autumn (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Juvenile Squacco Heron, an other migratory species (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Ruff flock (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Juvenile Black-winged Pratincole was a special sighting on 19th of September (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Juvenile Pallas`s Gull amongst Caspian Gulls in the Danube Delta (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Resting group of Pallas`s Gullas and Caspian Terns (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

White and Dalmatian Pelican side by side in the Danube Delta. The White Pelican population based on the latest count was estimated to 9000 pairs while the Dalmatian Pelican population to 300 pairs in Romania (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Long-eared Owls were seen even in the Hotel garden  (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Eurasian Hobby, a common sighting in the Danube Delta (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

A nice bonus, an Eastern Imperial Eagle (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Juvenile, pale morph Booted Eagle (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Feeding Black Woodpecker in the Danube Delta (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

We were lucky enough to spot a Wild Cat along the Danube branch in daytime! (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Wild Cat from the Danube Delta (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)


See you next year!

Sakertour team



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