Romania: warblers

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.

Acrocephalus arundinaceus – Danube Delta


Plus, at the coastal marshes near Vadu, we found several tiny Paddyfield Warblers with their distinctively strong pale stripe over the eye.

Acrocephalus agricola – Vadu coastal marsh


Romania: herons

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.

Ardeola ralloides
Nycticorax nycticorax


Romania: birds@their nests

The first of numerous blogs from our fantastic trip to Romania with Naturetrek.  We found many nest sites on our travels and here are three:

A Nuthatch (Sitta europpaea) nestling waits for its parent to bring food near Castle Bran.
A Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris) parent leaving the nesthole after feeding young. 
A Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) still building its rather fabulous nest in the Danube Delta.