I can't believe it's four years since we last visited eastern Romania's Danube Delta. This year's trip was a good as ever, with masses of birds and some nice rare ones too.

Here are a few of tour participant Andrew Thompson's fantastic photos.


We did particularly well for White-tailed Eagle this year, with repeat sightings of various ages and point blank views of this magnificent adult.


The lakes were full of birds, including the globally threatened Pygmy Cormorant (below).


Broad-billed Sandpiper is always highly sought-after, and we eventually got great views. This bird was on a small patch of mud by a lake as we drove back to the airport on the last day.


We saw plenty of Red-necked Phalaropes, these two at Vado showing particularly well.


Red-backed Shrike is remarkably common in the autumn in eastern Romania.


This Hoopoe posed beautifully by the side of our vehicle.


The habitat at Cheia Gorge is very different from the other areas we visit, and holds different birds such as this male Pied Wheatear (below).


We saw several Little Crakes including this particularly smart individual.


Dalmatian Pelicans (above) are vastly outnumbered by Whites (below).






We got lots of great views of White-winged Black Terns, including these juveniles.



A Musk Rat heads back to its burrow with winter provisions.


This juvenile Night Heron will have to fly to Africa in the next few days or weeks. This substantial meal should help it on it's way!


Lesser Spotted Eagles are present in small numbers.


The Danube Delta is an excellent place to see Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. We also saw Grey-headed, Syrian, Great Spotted, Black, Middle Spotted and Wryneck.


A smart Long-legged Buzzard flies past, clearly showing its distinctive tail.


A juvenile Lesser Grey Shrike poses on roadside thistles.


The subtly distinctive Paddyfield Warbler is one of the specialities of a trip to eastern Romania. They don't always pose like this though!





Paul has just returned from a week in eastern Romania, visiting the Danube Delta and surrounding area. Highlights included Saker Falcon, Pallid Harrier, Great Black-headed Gull, Paddyfield Warbler, Pied Wheatear, Dalmatian Pelican, and Pygmy Cormorant, plus hundreds of waders including Broad-billed Sandpiper and Marsh Sandpiper. Here are a few of his best photographs.


We saw seven species of woodpecker, including this male Syrian.


Cardinal Fritillary is common in roadside flowers.


This Grey-headed Woodpecker eventually posed beautifully for us.


Perfect feeding conditions attracted hundreds of waders to Lake Nuntasi this year, including lots of lovely Broad-billed Sandpipers.


Red-backed Shrike is a common roadside bird. We saw dozens during the week.


Bee-eaters were gathering on wires to feed up before migrating.


This juvenile Penduline Tit was the only one we saw. It did, however, respond immediately to our imitation of its call, coming close to investigate.






Susan Bailey took some lovely photographs in the Danube Delta in August 2009. Here are a small selection....

White Stork and European Suslik

White Pelicans

European Roller and Purple Heron

Lesser Grey Shrike and Freyer's Purple Emperor

Juvenile Collared Pratincoles

European Bee-eater


Here's a photograph of a Grey-headed Woodpecker taken in the Danube Delta, Romania by Paul in August 2009.





Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.





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