Saturday, 31 May 2014

Romania: The Black Sea coast and Danube Delta

Black Woodpecker on The old Danube

The Danube Delta is without doubt the best preserved wetland deltas on the European continent, only the vast Volga Delta is larger. The Danube River passes through or between ten different countries and is 1,785 miles long. 

The Danube meets countless other waterways as it flows down to the delta and the constantly evolving delta landscape covers an area of over 8187 sq-km that includes huge reed beds, marshes, sand dunes as well as forests and countless waterways, lakes and channels. 

Some of the channels are navigable by larger vessels and it here that we spend three nights aboard our floating hotel or pontoon. Towed by a tug, so there’s little vibration from any engines, makes this part of the trip extra special as we moor where we please then and explore on a smaller boat along the tangled network of ever eroding canals with remote fishing villages and lots of wildlife. 

Photographers can have a field day from the two main observation decks on the ponton as travel from Tulcea and as we change mooring locations.

Most of the birding and other wildlife sites were close to the Delta area on the Black sea coast or inland beside the Danube.

Here are some of the photos I managed to take during this nine day tour which I led with my friend and colleague Zoli Baczo, for Limosa Holidays

This tour ran from the 9th - 17th of May 2014

Broad-billed Sandpiper


Common Cuckoo (hepatic form)

Red-breasted Flycatcher

A newly fledged Hawfinch

Thrush Nightingale

Icterine Warbler with nesting material

White-tailed Eagle

Exploring some of the Delta's lakes

Our tug takes us to a new mooring on one of the old tributaries

Long-legged Buzzard

Levant Sparrowhawk

Silted land all through the delta forms dunes and creates new life

Tawny Pipit

Red-footed Falcon

Penduline Tit

Hairy Hawker Dragonfly

Terek Sandpiper

Temminck's Stint

Macin Mountains National Park

Ortolan Bunting

Lesser Grey Shrike


Isabelline Wheatear
Pied Wheatear

Dalmatian Pelican

White Pelicans with Dalmatian Pelican (centre) and Great Cormorants

Syrian Woodpecker

Grey-headed Woodpecker

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Paddyfield Warbler

Rural scene

Red-backed Shrike