Bulgaria - Romania Combined Tour

Early spring and autumn migration on the Via Pontica flyway
Pelicans, Raptors, Waders and Red-throated Pipit...

Dates:
late March/early April,
middle of April,
late April/early May,
September

12 birding days

Price: €1,490 - (not including flights) - Base: 7-10 people

2 pax = €1,790,-

4 pax = €1,695,-

5-6 pax = €1599,-

Single room supplement: €129,-

This outstanding trans-boundary birdwatching tour combines visits to the most exciting birding locations along the Bulgarian and Romanian Black Sea coast, including the immense Danube Delta.

Our itinerary starts with an excursion to the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve by the Danube River in Bulgaria, for close views of breeding Dalmatian Pelicans, Spoonbills, Red-necked Grebes, Syrian Woodpeckers, Bearded and Penduline Tits.

Bulgarian coastal lakes Shabla and Durankulak in the south and Romanian brackish lagoons Sinoe, Zmeica and Istria in the north, will be the major hot spots to be visited where many Eastern specialities such as White Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants, Glossy Ibis, Squacco and other herons, Bittern and Little Bittern, Ferruginous Ducks, Red-crested Pochard and Ruddy Shelducks, should be seen. Waders feature Marsh, Curlew and Broad-billed Sandpipers, Temminck’s Stint, Kentish Plover, Red-necked Phalarope, Black-winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Gull-billed, Caspian, Little, Sandwich and the three species of Marsh Terns, Mediterranean, Yellow-legged, Caspian, Little, Slender-billed and Pallas´s Gulls can be spotted.

We shall also explore the last remnants of the Pontic steppe and grasslands of the vast Dobrudja region, comprising both Bulgarian and Romanian sections. The areas hold Long-legged Buzzard, Red-Rumped Swallow, Rock Thrush, Lesser Grey Shrike, Hoopoe, Roller, Bee-eater, Pied and Isabelline Wheatears, Calandra and Short-toed Larks, Tawny Pipit, Ortolan and Black-headed Buntings and, especially in the evening, Stone Curlew. Two rare mammals occur there, the Steppe Polecat and Romanian Hamster and a botanical speciality of the steppe is the Broad-leaved Peony.

The splendid sea-cliffs of Cape Kaliakra and surronding areas hold the desmaresti sub-species of Shag, Pied and Black-eared Wheatears, Barred Warblers, alongside Eagle Owl, and Alpine Swift. The 70-m high cliffs make an excellent vantage point for Yelkouan Shearwater and Dolphin watching, whilst the abrupt westward turn of the coast here results in concentrations of migrating birds.