Romania: pelicans & cormorants

On the Danube Delta we saw hundreds of Great White Pelicans and Great Cormorants, often flocking together, plus occasional individual Dalmatian Pelicans and a handful of Pygmy Cormorants.  I captured all but the Pygmy Cormorants on camera.  The Dalmatian Pelicans are quite rare and the Danube Delta is one of the best places to see them – they look quite different to the Great Whites and the grey legs are the clearest sign in my shot – the Great White has pinkish legs.

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Pelecanus onocrotalus

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Pelecanus crispus

 

Romania: birds of prey

In Romania we saw an extraordinary number of eagles, buzzards, sparrowhawks, harriers, and falcons. I even managed to get pictures of a few.  Below you will find very average shots of a hobby and a lesser-spotted eagle, half decent shots of a red-footed falcon and pretty good shots of a white-tailed eagle.

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Hobby (Falco subbuteo)

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Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina)

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Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus)
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White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)

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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.

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Acrocephalus arundinaceus – Danube Delta

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

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Acrocephalus agricola – Vadu coastal marsh

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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.

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Ardeola ralloides
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Nycticorax nycticorax

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