Top Birds at Romania´s Black Sea Coast

South of the Danube Delta is a wide stretch of a sandy shoreline with shallow lagoons. This is part of Romania´s Black Sea coast. May is Migration and early breeding time. Whereas the association of the east Romanian countryside is normally with the core Danube Delta with its speciality birds like Pelicans, Black-necked and Red-necked Grebes, Glossy Ibises, Spoonbills, the stretch of coast just south of the Danube Delta up to the northern city limits of Constanta is an excellent birding spot, too. A small group of bird photographers went for that countryside, with the area called Dobrudja more to the west and the area of Vadu at the coast. The tour was organized by Sakertours. The Bird Diversity we enjoyed was high; over 90 species of birds we found in only 3 days, some had just arrived from their wintering grounds in Africa. Highlights of the tour you will find in the gallery. Among others we made photoshots of Great Bittern, Botaurus stellaris, European Honey-buzzard, Pernis apivorus, Montagu’s Harrier, Circus pygargus, Long-legged Buzzard, Buteo rufinus, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Aquila pomarina, Imperial Eagle, Aquila heliaca, 2 species of Sparrowhawks (Levant Sparrowhawk, Accipiter brevipes & Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus), Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus, many kind of waders e.g. Pied Avocet, Recurvirostra avosetta, Little Stint, Calidris minuta, Curlew Sandpiper, Calidris ferruginea, (both of the latter in beautiful breeding plumage), Broad-billed Sandpiper, Limicola falcinellus, Ruff, Philomachus pugnax, Great Black-headed Gull, Larus ichthyaetus (only 1 2nd Summer bird), Collared Pratincole, Glareola pratincola, 2 species of owls (Little Owl, Athene noctua, Long-eared Owl, Asio otus), European Bee-eater, Merops apiaster, Lesser Grey Shrike, Lanius minor, Tawny Pipit, Anthus campestris, Paddyfield Warbler, Acrocephalus agricola, Black-headed Bunting, Emberiza melanocephala, Spanish Sparrow, Passer hispaniolensis and 5 species of larks (Calandra Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Wood Lark and Eurasian Skylark) among others.
Among all the really good birds, the Mega bird of the area probably is the Pied Wheatear, Oenanthe pleschanka, which is here on the westernmost limit of its distribution. We were successful with beautiful shots of both male and female in full breeding plumage.
To cope with the growing demand for top shots of the rarer species of the Palearctic Bird-Lens is keen to enrich the range of pictures of birds you can find in the western palearctic. Trips to remote places as described above – but also to the in Macin Mountains – to capture images of rare birds of western palearctic were very successful. The nice images you find in the gallery are only a first impression, what you will find in the gallery in the “Pictures Shop” very soon. Just give me a message, if I could serve you with an image needed before the new pictures are online.
Other successful shootings you can see under: www.bird-lens.com.

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