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: butterflies

We were really lucky on this trip – not only did we see bears and birds – we also had some fabulous views of butterflies.  Some butterflies, like the Silver-washed Fritillary, will land and pose for photographs.  Others are far less co-operative.  The Clouded Yellow took off every time I approached and I struggled to get any sort of camera shot.

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Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) – Denizdepe
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Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus) – Ciucurova
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Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) – Vadu
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Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) – Macin Mountains

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