This is a round-up of some of the wildlife seen on our Naturetrek trip in Romania that haven’t featured in any of the earlier posts. The shots below include: colourful bee-eaters, rollers and glossy ibis; new species for us – the Syrian woodpecker and Romania’s ground squirrel – the souslik; and some more regular species like the tawny pipit, fieldfare and rook.
The bunting family is a bit of a mixed bag. Some are fairly nondescript – others are striking. In Romania we saw all sorts – plain corn buntings, striking reed buntings, brightly coloured yellowhammers and our first black headed buntings.
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.
While on our Naturetrek visit to Romania, even though we were not particularly looking for moths, we still came across a few. Nothing very rare but still good to see. These shots include: a Burnet Companion; a Mother Shipton; and a Silver Y.
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.
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.