a term that dosen’t have an appropiate
translation in the romanian language, can be
defined as the studying of birds by observing
them with special equipments (binocular,telescope)
or just by looking at them. On the other hand,
many bird species can be recognized by their
sounds, especially in their mating season or
when they are alerted. Altough birdwatchers
undertake this activity as a hobby, there is
also a social purpose. In other words, birdwatching
is a mixture of action and lesiure.
offers you the opportunity of exploring and contemplate
this amazing place. The Danube Delta is home to over
300 bird species.
The Danube Delta, the largest swamp area in Europe
with also the largest reed areas worldwide, is
home to over 327 bird species, about 81 % of the
Romanian avifauna. This private areas are the place
where over 218 species are nesting.
In the Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation there
are more then 100 bird colonies. Most of them are
mixed, cormorants, eggrets, spoonbills and other
live toghether, but there are also separated colonies.
Among those, the most famous is the one at Rosca-
Buhaiova, the biggest pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
colony in Europe.
Colonies are found throughout the Delta, and some
of the most populated are those of Uzlina, Crazy,
Sacalin-Zatoane Purcelu or those south of the reservation
like the Lupilor Grind or Chituc Grind
Many different bird species migrate in the winter
time in this region, from Siberia or other distant
places, due to the climate in this time of the year.
A relevent example is the whooper swan( Cygnus cygnus),
but also other various species of ducks and gooses,
the most important being the red-breasted goose,
about 95% of the global population of this particular
species spends the winter in the reservation, especially
in the lake areas.
With its lakes, channels, swamps, ponds, the Delta
appears to be the perfect place for birdwatching.
However, you should have some basic informations
before going around, such as the main differences
between species, where to find them, what are their
habbits. This kind of information can be provided
by Eugen Petrescu, one of the most renowed tour guides
Some of the species you can encounter : white pelicans,
dalmatian pelican, spoonbill, great cormorant, cormorant,
glossy ibis, little egret, great egret, red heron,
yellow heron, night heron, gray heron, grebe high-necked
grebe Red Summer goose, swan, roller , red-tailed
hawk, merlin evening, eagle, kingfisher, common tern,
white cheeked tern, stilt, red rate, black-tailed
godwit, red breasted goose