One of the most exciting bird finds in the Danube Delta was when we turned into a small inlet and found another lifer for us – this Collared Flycatcher. Beautifully marked, it briefly darted in and out of the nearby bushes giving occasional opportunities to get a half decent picture.
We find it difficult to distinguish between warblers particularly when we are in a new environment. Fortunately, with Naturetrek, you are usually surrounded by excellent birders who know exactly what you are looking at.
We had two warbler lifers on this trip. Great Reed Warblers were regularly seen while we were on the Danube Delta – distinguished mainly by their size.
Plus, at the coastal marshes near Vadu, we found several tiny Paddyfield Warblers with their distinctively strong pale stripe over the eye.
The Danube Delta is blessed with huge numbers of herons and egrets. I can see grey herons, little and great egrets at home, so I focused on species that are hard or impossible to see in the UK. Black-crowned night heron, squacco heron and purple heron were around but some were easier to catch on camera than others.
Even though we often see one in our garden, the nuthatch remains one of the most interesting birds to watch. Sleek and supremely acrobatic – every nuthatch is a joy. This is another from our wonderful day at Leighton Moss.