Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1099.00

Deposit:

250.00

Single Room Supplement:

60

Tour Code:

Relaxed, with relatively little walking. Temperatures could be low at this time of year.

Group Size:

Six plus leaders

Red-breated Geese Grey-headed Woodpecker Long-legged Buzzard Sombre Tit Long-eared Owl Hen Harrier Syrian Woodpecker White-tailed Eagle

Bulgaria & Romania - Black Sea Winter Birding

Date: 3rd - 7th February 2020 (SPACES)
Leaders: Paul Roberts & Local guide

Introduction

 

 

Red-breasted Geese

 

Situated in South East Europe, the Black Sea Coasts of Bulgaria and Romania meet the River Danube on the Romanian border to the north, forming a natural boundary. As the Danube rarely freezes in winter, it is therefore an important area for wintering wildfowl and raptors. The main features of the coastline are limestone cliffs which are bordered by areas of relict steppe and brackish coastal lagoons. It is in these areas that huge numbers of geese over-winter after being forced south by poor weather. Bulgaria and Romania have a good percentage of the world's wintering Red-breasted Geese which occur in their thousands. Our tour is timed to allow us to watch vast flocks of wintering swans and ducks, as well as shorebirds, gulls and raptors in this internationally important area. This short winter break focuses on one of the world's most attractive wildfowl species... the Red-breasted Goose. We hope to see thousands of these much sought-after birds on the crop-fields and coastal lagoons of eastern Bulgaria and Romania, and with a little luck, we may even see tens of thousands. The dawn fly-out of these geese can be truly spectacular! We will also sift through the flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese in the hope of locating the globally threatened Lesser White-fronted Goose, which occurs here in small numbers. A rich supporting cast of other geese and ducks, birds of prey such as Rough-legged and Long-legged Buzzard, White-tailed Eagle and possibly Greater Spotted Eagle, as well as some real eastern specialities like Dalmatian and White Pelicans, Pallas's Gull, Calandra Lark and various woodpeckers, all combine to make this an exciting new tour. The terrain is mostly easy, though of course it can be cold and perhaps muddy in places. Our friends at Neophron Tours will provide the ground arrangements, transport and local guide for this tour. We will walk approximately three miles per day.

 

 

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