Autumn Birding in the Danube Delta greater area in 2019

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Autumn in the Danube Delta and surrounding Dobrudja and the Baragan lowland gives the best opportunities to enjoy the autumn migration of many shorebird species like the all-time favorite Broad-billed Sandpiper, the Marsh Sandpiper or Curlew Sandpiper. The Black Sea coast is driving all migrant songbirds in the area as well giving the chance to spot them in the vegetation along the coastline. Not to mention the migratory Herons which breeds in the Delta and leaves by September like Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Night Heron.

A flock of 200 Broad-billed Sandipers in a single site was an unforgettable highlight (Photo: Dániel Balla)

This tour is also known for chances of finding some rarities on migration. The most wanted breeding species like Pied Wheatear, Paddyfield Warbler, Levant Sparrowhawk, Pallas`s Gull are all possible in this time of the year too but let see what we had witnessed in 2019.

Paddyfield Warbler, a sought after species in the Danube Delta was seen very well (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Our tours were placed in the second half of August and first half of September. During this period we had visited the best places in Romania and seen many interesting species.  The goal of such tours is to witness the migration feeling and to find the characteristic breeders was successfully achieved every time.

I would like to highlight the 278 Broad-billed Sandpipers seen during this period with an amazing flock of more than 200 individuals on a single site. But worth to mention the Dalmatian and White Pelicans, Black-necked Grebes, Little Bitterns, Saker Falcon, Levant Sparrowhawks, Little Crakes, Collared Pratincoles, Black-winged Pratincoles, Dotterels, Marsh Sandpipers, Red-necked Phalaropes, Arctic Skua, Pallas`s Gulls, thousands of Med Gulls, 80+ Little Terns, Pallid Swifts, lots of Bee-eaters on every day, Citrine Wagtails, Bluethroat, Thrush Nightingale, Pied Wheatear, Paddyfield Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Lesser Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, lots of Red-backed Shrikes, Ortolan Bunting and so on.

The bird checklists in this time of the year were equally rich just like on Spring tours!

Please take a look on a selection of images taken on these tours by our guides.

Adult winter plumage Pallas`s Gull (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Young Pallas`s Gull (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Gulf of Sachalin along the Black Sea is a real migration hotspot. Dalmatian Pelicans, White Pelicans, loads of Common and Sandwich Terns, Black-tailed Goodwits, Redshanks, Grey Plovers and other waders were seen while we were there (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Group of Little Terns (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

A resting group of Gull-billed Terns (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

The number of Mediterranean Gulls seen were estimated to 30 000 individuals ! (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

A portion of the Mediterranean Gull flock (Photo: Dániel Balla)

Black-winged Pratincole was another highlight on our tours (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Red-necked Phalaropes (Photo: Dániel Balla)

Broad-billed Sandpiper (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Autumn wader flock with Broad-billed Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stint, Dunlin, Ruff  (Photo: Dániel Balla)

This young and still not fully developed Little Crake made a little confusion when we first sow it.  (Photo: Dániel Balla)

Adult male Little Crake (Photo: Dániel Balla)

Golden Jackal by the Danube river (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

  Young Levant Sparrowhawk (Photo: Dániel Balla)

Roller and a Levant Sparrowhawk (Photo: Dániel Balla)

Saker Falcon (Photo: Dániel Balla)

Long-eared Owl (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Little Owl (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Golden Oriole and Grey-headed Woodpecker (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Common Cuckoo (Photo: Dániel Balla)

Young Collared Flycatcher (Photo: Dániel Balla)

Young Red-breasted Flycatcher (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Wood Warbler (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Young Red-backed Shrike (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Young Lesser Grey Shrike (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Young Woodchat Shrike  (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Hoopoe (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Autumn Pied Wheatear (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Pallid Swifts migrating later than Common Swifts therefore a bit easyier to spot in Autumn but stil a very localized breeder in Romania (Photo: Zoltán Baczó)

Young Little Bittern with a frog (Photo: Dániel Balla)

Thank you for choosing Sakertours for your wildlife watching company! See you next year!

Sakertours team

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