This Bulgaria & Romania winter birding tour will take us to the northernmost part of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast (Coastal Dobrudzha) to explore two of the most important European wetlands for wintering geese. This area typically supports hundreds of thousands of wild geese in the frigid winter months, including almost the entire world population of the globally threatened Red-breasted Goose. Up to 50,000 Red-breasted Geese have been spending the winter in the vicinity of lakes Durankulak and Shabla; which, thanks to their small area, good shelter conditions and the surrounding, traditionally grown winter cereal crops, have become world famous as the best sites for watching and photographing this very attractive species. In addition, the milder climate on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea coast allows us to enjoy wintering Dalmatian and Great White Pelicans, various waterfowl species, gulls, shorebirds, numerous raptors – and much more besides!
Red-breasted & Lesser White-fronted Goose, White-headed Duck, Dalmatian Pelican, Red-necked and Slavonian Grebe, Eastern Imperial, White-tailed & Greater Spotted Eagle, Long-legged & Rough-legged Buzzard, Eurasian Bittern, Pallas’s & Slender-billed Gull, Syrian, Black, White-backed & Grey-headed Woodpecker, Bearded Reedling, Wallcreeper, Calandra Lark, Cetti’s & Moustached Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper
lakes, wetlands, seashore, steppe, forests, cultivated fields
cool to very cold, rain and/or snow is possible
relaxed, easy pace
ancient historical sites, fabulous scenery